:Apogee PlateMaker


Powerful Digital Light Table to Control and Automate Output

:Apogee PlateMaker is a dedicated solution for plate output that guarantees efficient and continuous plate production. It acts as a buffer between the prepress department and the printing presses providing the pressroom with the necessary plates and ink key files. It is fully integrated in the prepress production workflow and all necessary production information is communicated with :Apogee Automate and even :Apogee Render based on JMF. As a digital film buffer, :Apogee PlateMaker can receive input through multiple input channels, but will load balance the jobs towards several CtP devices.

The easy-to-use graphical interface allows you to view the status of all jobs, as well as manipulate and manage the output timing and priorities. Press operators can also use :Apogee PlateMaker in case of a plate remake: a fully imposed plate preview and a quick search function allow fast plate identifi cation and reduce press stand still significantly.

Advanced connectivity and Workflow Optimisation

Because :Apogee PlateMaker is built on an open architecture, it works with any workflow to optimise your printing operation. It accepts input fom both Agfa and non-Agfa workflows and it outputs to a wide array of devices. Through its OpenConnect Link :Apogee PlateMaker integrates Agfa output engines in non-Agfa workflows. Whether you're using :Apogee Prepress solution, :Apogee Series3, a third party workflow, or no workflow software at all, :Apogee PlateMaker makes you and your system more productive. :Apogee PlateMaker's automatic load balancing feature will also keep your operation running smoothly and efficiently. It automatically analyses the workload and distributes work to the appropriate output devices so that you maximise your output productivity at all times.

Better Engine and Print File Management

:Apogee PlateMaker monitors the CtP engines and permits redirection to different engines or media. If an engine is down, an alternate engine can be substituted without re-ripping jobs. Priorities can be set on a job-by-job basis or even changed if desired. Entire groups of jobs can be prepared in advance for 2nd and 3rd shift output.

Integration with Printing Presses

Because the workflow does not end with plate output, :Apogee PlateMaker automates production even further downstream by integrating with the press via CIP3/CIP4 capabilities. The :Apogee PlateMaker InkDrive Link enables you to set ink keys for a wide range of leading presses automatically. Press profiles let you match the specifications of popular presses and press control software resulting in reduced ink usage and paper waste, and shortening the time to be up to colour.

Compensating for Web Growth

Press miss-registration can have several causes. One of them is the physical distortion of paper when it's printed. The combination of paper stock, ink and water absorption, condition of blankets, type of press used, and the tension and pressure that are applied to the paper while being printed have a great influence on the printed end result. Many presses are fitted with necessary features to compensate for web growth, but often the applied corrections are not enough, or it just can't be done. :Apogee PlateMaker can overcome this problem by compensating for any miss-registration upfront and at the level of the digital film.

Through Agfa Graphics patented digital dot etching and the use of its unique Web Growth compensation feature you can define reductions of different amounts in different areas by using web growth compensation profiles. These profiles contain the characteristics of the web growth for different presses and/or printing media. :Apogee PlateMaker will not apply these compensations to the original digital film, but instead automatically apply them on the fly when outputting to a platesetter or filmsetter. :Apogee PlateMaker Web Growth compensation can be used in any workflow, can be applied to any (imported) file, and then output to any output device without compromising preview job approval features.

Dual Plate Loading for Enhanced Productivity and Output Efficiency

The :Apogee PlateMaker Dual Plate Loading feature works in tandem with a specified set of Agfa Graphics' :Avalon-N engine and enables the loading and imaging of two individual plates side by side and in a single motion. For maximum throughput and output efficiency, support is provided for manual and auto loader configurations.


Automatic load balancing for platesetter output:

Qsing :Apogee PlateMaker Satellites multiple identical output devices can be configured for automated load balancing and last minute redirection. Maximizing engine productivity at all times.

Engine and print file management:

:Apogee PlateMaker tracks available media and permits redirection of jobs to different engines or media. Entire groups of jobs can be prepared in advance for second and third shift output. Job tracking ID features ensure that a file is identified quickly for re-imaging, if necessary.

Immediate support for plate re-makes:

If a plate is lost, breaks or wears out, the convenient :Apogee PlateMaker user interface makes it easy to locate the appropriate digital film and remake the plate in the shortest time possible.

Reporting of plate consumption:

When :Apogee PlateMaker integrates with a JDF/JMF enabled :Apogee Prepress system such as :Apogee Manage or :Apogee Automate, it can report the number of plates imaged. This important info can be communicated to JDF enabled MIS systems for reporting and cost calculation purposes.


Digital Film Management Enhancers
Job tracking and management O
Digital Film Management including fast plate re-make O
Raster Preview O
Web Growth - compensation for paper stretching on web presses O
Dual Plate - two plates side by side (Only for Agfa CtP that include this function) O
Connectivity with Agfa CtP devices O
Restore and output PrintDrive Series3 archives O
OpenConnect - screened DCS or 1-bit TIFF input O
InkDrive - automatic CIP3 / CIP4 PPF ink key generation O
Connectivity with non-Agfa CtF / CtP devices O
JMF feedback of production data to the :Apogee Prepress system O
Quality and Productivity  
Additional Output Capacity O
Retarget digital films to alternate CTP O

O = standard
O = enhancer

For a complete list of enhancers, please contact your local Agfa Graphics sales representative.