We'll Show Those Commerical Printers
A symbiotic relationship between packaging prepress professionals and their customers can lead to the right prepress environment.
TREND OFFSET PRINTING is a full-service, commercial and publication printing company headquartered in Los Alamitos, Calif. The company—innovative in its approach—offers a clear snapshot into the technological movements impacting the offset CTP environment at this time.
For example, let's take a look at some of Trend Offset Printing's recent technology upgrades:
• To handle an increasing volume of new customers, it has purchased Creo's Trendsetter AL complete with V-head, and has initiated plans to double the capacity of its existing Creo Trendsetter with the addition of a Thermal II V-head.
• It has completed installation of an in-line, real-time, on-the-fly system for printing color to the numbers, a system developed by QTI.
• It uses Creo's automated prepress workflow, Prinergy, to provide an automated PDF workflow for Trend Graphics, Trend CTP, and its clients.
Clearly, Trend Offset Printing is receptive to technology investments and expansion. The company employs a digital prepress workflow, and actively invests in CTP devices, color management upgrades, and a variety of digital technology to accelerate and elevate its existing processes.
You are not alone
Investments in CTP for today's offset package-printing community are critical, particularly since commercial printers are all too happy to target packaging applications. And why shouldn't they? Commercial printers are more technologically progressive than their package-printing counterparts, aren't they? Haven't they been embracing CTP technologies for some time now? Don't they have those latest digital prepress workflows wrapped around their fingers.
What? You don't agree? Well, then, good for you—we'll show those commercial printers a thing or two about CTP investments and progressive prepress workflows. And the supplier community is all too happy to assist, as the recent drupa 2004 reflected. The array of digital workflow, platesetting, and proofing devices targeting today's package-printing world clearly signal an increasingly more automated and integrated offset packaging environment.