What does it do?
The Presstek Momentum Pro’s central engine handles PDF normalisation, pre-flighting, job tracking and basic proofing, according to user-defined workflow paths. More advanced functions, such as colour management, customer proofing and in-RIP trapping are offered as optional extras.
Why did you choose this particular workflow?
We worked out that we could save 75% of our outgoings by bringing the repro and platemaking for our five-colour Speedmaster 52 in-house.
Did you look at any other similar workflows?
We looked at two other major manufacturers’ systems and had virtually made up our minds to go with one of them before Presstek came along. What appealed to us was the fact that the Momentum Pro offered us the same features, but was far more competitively priced. Added to that, the supplier’s Dimension platesetter was chemistry-free, which was an additional bonus.
What features do you like?
Firstly it is a PDF workflow, which is the format our customers use. It’s a straightforward drag-and-drop system, which even I, with no hands-on print experience, can use. Files are triggered into the workflow via certified hot folders. Once in the workflow, Momentum Pro detects, and fixes – 99% of the time – a range of basic problems, including missing fonts and graphics, images in inappropriate colour spaces, incorrectly specified spot colours and images with too low or too high resolutions. It automatically converts RGB images or logos into CMYK with no operator intervention. I also like the fact that if at some stage we bought a Presstek DI press, we wouldn’t need to change the workflow. We back up the certified and the original PDFs, which saves us a lot of time when we get repeat jobs. Another benefit is the ability to use the Apple Mac client to submit work rather than having to go across to the server, which is another time saver.
How fast is it and has it saved you time?
It’s fast and, of course, it is incomparably quicker than sending the repro out to the local trade shop, which is five miles away. We tended to batch the jobs and take them there two or three times a day and then collect the proofs/plates the next day. Now we can, if necessary, turn a job round the same day.
How reliable is it?
What’s the quality like?
We had been using a trade shop with a CTP system so we were used to high quality output. The Momentum Pro and the Dimension meet all our quality requirements.
Has it won you any new work?
Yes because we can now be much more competitive and still make money on our makeready.
Would you say that it offers value for money?
Definitely. We are on track to save 75% on our makeready and platemaking.
What about the pre- and after-sales service?
It has been superb. Presstek has pulled out all the stops to get us into full production. We were really worried that we would struggle with the front end but this could not have been further from the truth.
Who do you think the machine is right for?
I can’t recommend it highly enough. It will grow with any printer who is currently producing 350 to 500 plates a month and wants control over his origination costs.
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