Focus takes aim with Creo

The Lotem 800 II Quantum, to be installed in March, features Creo’s proprietary SQUAREspot imaging technology, which the company says maintains sharp resolution and end-to-end data integrity, from the original file to the press, despite variations in production. It is capable of producing 29 eight-up plates per hour.

David Fuller, Focus Press managing director, says he has always been ready to embrace technological and productivity changes in the printing industry, and sees these improvements as not being an option but rather a necessity to survive.

“We have been a dedicated Creo user for four years, and our previous system was still functioning very well, but we just wanted to get our equipment upgraded to the best on the market,” says Fuller.

“The decision was based on the fact that prepress drives our company. We focus on microdot printing, and this new equipment will help us to print an even smaller dot, which opens up the colour gamut and conserves ink and chemistry.”

This is achieved via Creo Staccato Screening coupled with SQUAREspot Thermal Imaging, which is available in Quantum line. According to Creo, Staccato screening produces high-fidelity, artefact-free images that exhibit fine detail without halftone rosettes, screening moiré, grey-level limitations or abrupt jumps in tone without impacting ripping or rendering time. Creo says Staccato screening also improves colour and halftone stability on press.

Fuller says that the quality of the output, coupled with the environmentally-friendly nature of the Creo CTP solution, was a major deciding factor in choosing to remain with Creo, emphasising that he has always been eager to maintain his relationship with Creo. So when the time came to update the system as outlined in the Focus Press business plan, it was really just a case of making the call to Creo.

“This new system should help with our workflow, as the unit is faster than our previous system,” says Fuller.

“Also at the end of last year, we won $6m of $7m worth of new contract work, which helped us to stick with our plan to go with the best equipment possible.”

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