'Father of CTP' Honored by PIA
Dan Gelbart, often credited as the father of modern computer-to-plate (CTP) technology, was honored on Monday with the 2008 Printing Industries of America Robert F. Reed Technology Medal. He received the award at a luncheon during the 2009 Technical Association for the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Annual Technical Conference in New Orleans.
Co-founder of Creo Products, Gelbart developed a number of patented CTP technologies and was instrumental in the transition from an analog, film-based workflow to the current digital platemaking environments. Gelbart's light valve thermal imaging system, or thermal imaging head, is used today by all major manufacturers of thermal CTP systems.