Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Computer To Plate at Times Olympic Facility

Here’s a short video from the Los Angeles Times Olympic Facility Plate Making Department, displaying how we currently produce our printing plates transmitted from Times Mirror Square to our three satellite production plants. Each plate burning machine at Olympic can produce 140 plates per hour.

On June 9th, 2008 the Los Angeles Times Olympic Plant will begin beta-testing the revolutionary Kodak high-speed thermal platesetter, the Generation News. This new machine can produce 300 plates per hour, compared with 240 PPH produced by most newspapers employing CTP systems today. Several steps of producing printing plates have been consolidated into this computer to plate system, which I’m told will not cause any staff reductions.

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