Kodak has shown off a new platesetter for the newspaper market, the Achieve News, at this week’s Ifra World publishing show in Berlin, Germany.
This is targeted at small or medium-sized newspaper publishers, being priced roughly 25 percent lower than the Trendsetter News platesetter. It’s fitted with Kodak’s TH5 thermal head and has 1200 dpi resolution, equivalent to 200 lpi or staccato 36. It can produce up to 54 broadsheet plates an hour. It has a relatively low power consumption of 400 watts during imaging, equivalent to the power usage of just a few light bulbs. It’s compatible with the processless Sonora plate so there’s no need for a plate processing unit. It takes TIFFS, either from Prinergy or just about any other workflow.
Kodak also showed new a Multi-Cassette Unit (MCU) for both the Achieve News and Trendsetter News platesetters, which boasts automated slip sheet removal for more automated plate loading and unloading. This is said to be a compact unit with low energy consumption. It has four cassettes, which between them can hold up to 960 plates.
The MCU for the Trendsetter News is available now while the Achieve News and its MCU option should be available early next year.