Chemistry-free CTP: University of Colorado at Boulder
Tapped to oversee an in-plant located in a college football stadium (really), Tom Tozier needed a new game plan.
“When I came here [in January 2008], not only was the shop not CTP, we were farming out to a film setter. We actually bought our film from a print shop in town,” admits Tozier, director of Imaging Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “Turnaround just for film was normally two days, and as long as three days, which could stretch our total turn time to seven to 10 days.”
The in-plant does not have right of first refusal on campus and, not surprisingly, some potential clients felt that the shop wasn’t worth the wait, according to Tozier. “That was a real black eye for us,” he acknowledges. In addition, outsourcing film production was expensive.
Thus, a transition to CTP seemed more de rigueur than risky.
“We had nowhere to go but up,” Tozier assesses.
He was able to sell the university on the technology by promoting both kinds of green benefits. “For a $50,000 investment, I was looking at an annual savings of $20,000,” Tozier calculates. And, by choosing a chemistry-free solution, the shop wouldn’t be creating additional on-campus waste.
The in-plant installed a Presstek Vector TX52 thermal system in April.
“We knew the companies out there and we liked Presstek,” says Tozier. “We did our RFP, and they won.”
The system is used in conjunction with Presstek’s Freedom plates. “Our primary criterion was that we didn’t want to use mylar plates,” Tozier notes. “Our press manager just preferred aluminum. Plus, we can recycle aluminum.”
Overall, Tozier rates the CTP experience as a nine out of 10. “This system is especially good for us in terms of quality,” he declares, describing the shop’s niche as 20,000 impressions and under. Annual revenues are about $2.5 million, 60 percent from offset work. The in-plant operates two-color Ryobi presses (14x20˝ maximum) and a 12x18˝ Multi.