San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) has upgraded its CtP capability with investment in a Cron 26H fully automatic platesetter.
The need to upgrade was forced by SBVC’s old platemaker discontinuing support and plates for its existing equipment. SBVC also required support for both 2-color and 4-color offset presses.
After evaluating all available choices, SBVC decided the Cron-ECRM 26H package was right for it. The package included: a Cron 26H fully automatic platesetter; Blackwood Emerald UV, low chemistry plate system; and WPT70 low chemistry wash-out unit.
‘It’s a lot faster and more efficient,’ said Dennis Winters, printing operations specialist at SBVC. ‘Like five times faster than the old one; we went from six plates an hour to 22 plates an hour.’
Kevin Sutton, another printing operations specialist at SBVC, added: ‘A big difference is the plate loader. It loads by itself one at a time and keeps the press going – it’s continuous, which is a big savings on man hours, as much as a couple of hours a day.
‘So right off the bat it was so much more efficient. Just push a button and let it go.’
Sutton continued: ‘The best part is slip sheet removal. This thing removes the sheet between each plate that comes from the factory, so saves us time. There are a lot of little features like that, which are unique to this Cron-ECRM platesetter.’
Time isn’t the only savings either, with the shop noting that they used to pay US$600 per box of 100 plates on its old platesetter while now they are paying just US$200 per box of 100 plates.
Cron-ECRM serves as the master distributor in North America for Cron CtP systems and Blackwood printing plates. Cron-ECRM is an extension of Cron for the research and development of new, high-quality pre-press equipment that is distributed worldwide. Cron-ECRM provides regional sales and support for Cron products with demonstration, training, support and parts centrally located at their headquarters in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
SBVC is a community college located in San Bernardino, California that offers 138 programs. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also a part of the San Bernardino Community College District, which includes Crafton Hills College located in nearby Yucaipa and the Professional Development Center in San Bernardino.