Computer-to-plate, CTP, Platesetter
Buying a used computer-to-plate (CTP) system is a big decision, as you will not have the same level of support from a vendor as you would if you brought brand-new. So you really have to do your homework.
The top-of-the-line system would be a Kodak (Creo) Trendsetter or Lotem Quantum with the famous Creo thermal head. As the laser is the most expensive part of the system, you will want to check the mileage (hours of imaging, ie operation).
Workflow (software package to drive the CTP) is crucial, so you need to have it in already in place before you buy the CTP, or else line up a vendor who will take care of connecting the CTP to a supported workflow.
You need to find a consumables vendor who will support the machine. Again, this is where the Kodak/Creo have an advantage in the secondary market, as virtually every metal plate vendor can run their stuff on a Creo CTP.
Next in line are the Agfa, Fuji and Dnaippon platesetters in terms of desirability. If you already have one of these machines in the shop and are familiar with it, then you shouldn't have any problem. But beware, if this is your first purchase of CTP, you should make sure you have vendors who can offer local, not remote support.
Obviously, the converted HP laser printers are only capable of imaging polyester or paper plates, and at most are suitable for one or two color work. But it's still less costly than burning film.
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