In a move to make print more affordable for smaller commercial printers, Kodak has made the ACHIEVE T400 and T800 Platesetters available in Europe. They build on the high-performance thermal CTP technology featured in the hugely successful KODAK TRENDSETTER Platesetter platform to deliver 2400dpi at up to 28 plates per hour. 

Larger commercial and specialised printers have long been reaping the benefits of Kodaks imaging technology, while general commercial printers have been patiently waiting for a solution that provides proven quality with a price tag within the smaller printers range, said Olivier Claude, General Manager for Print and Vice President Commercial Business EAMER, Kodak. 

General commercial printers facing the economic realities of the print industry and demands of the market for higher quality at a less expensive price do not need a top of the line specialised system. They need a robust print solution whose dependability and output calibre drives measurable results. We believe that these systems, available across Europe, do just that. 

In 1995, Kodak’s Thermal Platesetter technology was developed with a commitment to driving higher print quality and stability to customers’ businesses. The tried and tested technology provides the productivity, excellent image quality, and stability that printers need. With KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology, every platesetter delivers dependable accuracy regardless of plate emulsion sensitivity, processor variation, and laser power. Almost two decades later, the new ACHIEVE Platesetter technology further underscores that commitment to an even broader global base of customers. 

New TH5 thermal heads deliver precise imaging 

ACHIEVE Platesetters incorporate Kodak’s new high quality, more affordably priced, TH5 thermal heads, as opposed to Gaussian or GLV technology used in other vendors’ CTP devices. The TH5 thermal head images a more precise, accurate dot, leading to higher tonal stability and exposure uniformity. It offers outstanding robustness, with no moving parts, making it very simple to service and maintain, minimizing additional support cost. 

Ergonomic standards for easy access and minimal physical effort are met while semiautomatic plate loading and unloading helps drive maximum productivity and reduced labour costs. The ACHIEVE Platesetters can help reduce a printers environmental impact with potential power savings of up to 40% compared to the KODAK TRENDSETTER Q800 Platesetter. A smaller footprint reduces packaging materials and shipping costs whilst its support of KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates enables customers to completely eliminate processors and chemistry, including related maintenance costs and labour.