CTP Changes Life at Med Center
WHEN THE Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s in-plant moved into the computer-to-plate world in 2000 by installing an ITEK 2430 polyester platemaker, everything changed at the eight-employee shop.
“Moving to CTP was a dramatic change for us and improved our productivity significantly,” says Dale Travitz, group leader.
The platesetter produced plates for the shop’s four presses: a two-color Heidelberg, an A.B.Dick T51, a Multigraphics 1250 with a T-head, and a Davidson perfector. Those presses printed the majority of the Hershey Medical Center’s materials—everything from brochures and flyers to newsletters and forms.
“But as demand for four-color printing continued to climb, we found that polyester plates were not stable enough to deliver the level of quality our users expected,” says Travitz.
The Move to Metal
The Hershey, Pa.-based print shop had been a long-time customer of Multigraphics and A.B.Dick, now integrated into Presstek. So Travitz turned to Presstek to determine what options were available to migrate to metal plates.
After learning about the Presstek Vector TX52 from his Presstek sales representative, Travitz believed the system would be a good match for his shop’s needs from a price/performance perspective.
“We felt the Vector TX52 would deliver the stability we needed,” he says. The in-plant added the platesetter about six months ago, and Travitz has been pleased with its performance.
“An added bonus was its small footprint and chemistry-free operation,” he says.
Environmental sustainability is rather important to the medical center, a clinical/teaching hospital and research center that is part of Penn State University.
“With the Vector TX52, we no longer have the hazardous waste to dispose of that was associated with our previous platesetter,” Travitz notes.
While there is routine maintenance associated with the Vector TX52, he adds, it is much less of a chore than the ITEK processor, which required activator and stabilizer to maintain a chemical balance, and a once-a-month cleaning that could be quite time consuming.