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Review on Ausetter 800T CTP—— An innovation tailor-made for SMEs


 With the full development of CTP technology, CTP devices have been widely used in our country. As small and medium printing companies have become the major force in purchasing CTP, it is imperative for CTP manufacturers and sales companies to offer more cost-effective solutions and help the printing companies reduce the cost of procurement and maintenance. As a leading CTP manufacturer and service supplier in our country, Amsky provides not only high-efficient and durable thermal CTP and CTcP that meet the demands of our country, but also revolutionary CTP leasing service. Now, let’s have a look into Ausetter 800T CTP (formerlyAlpha900 II), a solution of CTP leasing service.

Preface
Since its inception in 2005, Ausetter 800T CTP, formerly Alpha900 II CTP, has attracted many customers with its high stability, high efficiency and unique leasing service. Moreover, with good upgradability, it is expandable to meet higher demands.
 
Major advantages of Ausetter 800T CTP
Simple and fashionable appearance
Simple and fashionable, the compact and blue Ausetter 800T CTP looks elegant and exquisite and feels solid and strong, a reflection of rigorous and earnest working style of Amsky.
 
Modular design

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Side of Ausetter 800T CTP
The stability of Ausetter 800T CTP is outstanding with core parts, such as lead screw, guide rail and laser, being selected from international brands. In addition, with the advanced modular design concept, Ausetter 800T CTP makes it very convenient to replace the parts, thus its value can be maximized.
 
Fully-developed and reliable laser
Ausetter 800T CTP adopts 32-64 channel discrete 830nm laser diode technology. Operated in bright room and with service life of up to tens of thousands of hours, the laser can expose clear and sharp dots and make plates with higher durability and stability. More importantly, the laser is top international brand with reduced cost and expandable from 16-channel to 32-channel, 48-channel, and even 64-channel, a significant reduction to the use cost and maintenance cost.
 
Dynamic autofocus
Ausetter 800T CTP uses external drum method which can simulate the plate holding method of the press and finish the exposing process of large breadth plate easily. However, the method has short light path which increases the difficulty of laser focusing when the manufacturing of the external drum is not precise, the drum is stained by the dust, plates are blemished in shipping, or the laser on the moving platform is out of tune with the drum. The laser point of Ausetter 800T CTP is as tiny as 10.68μm, so the slight change in the focal distance can cause the deviation in the size of light spot and affect the size of the exposed dot, and eventually affect the whole printing work.
 
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Top brand C0-grade roller screw and ball screw
With Ausetter 800T CTP, there is no need to worry about it anymore. Equipped with the industry-leading dynamic autofocus technology, the device can conduct the real-time follow-up to the change on the plate surface and adjust the position of lens automatically and calibrate the focal distance among the dots on the plate. The accurate ranging system can measure the distance change as slight as 0.1μm and guarantee the constant distance between the exposure dot and the lens. Every light spot can be exposed under the optimized focal distance, so all dots are uniform in size and clear and sharp in edge. Thanks to the precise exposure compensation, Ausetter 800T CTP can present a perfect gray scale gradient from 1% to 99%.
 
In addition, the external drum method may also produce the parallelogram distortion due to the multi-channel laser scanning at the same time. Ausetter 800T CTP, with the unique graphic calibration technology, can make perfect rectangle and eliminate the deviation in size caused by the different plate thickness. The plate registration precision can reach 5μm on the same device and can be calibrated to 15μm and below on different devices.
 
Temperature compensation
As we all know, the base of the CTP plate is made of aluminum which changes along with the temperature change. For instance, a set of plates are manufactured in the morning, and then when we mend or reproduce them in the afternoon, the dots on the plate will be deviated due to the expansion and contraction effect caused by the temperature change, which will affect the plate registration and waste the time to prepare printing. Ausetter 800T CTP, equipped with temperature compensation system, can easily solve this problem. The system can keep the plates in a constant temperature range automatically, thus achieve accurate and repeatable imaging and maintain a high consistency of plate.
 

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The production environment of Ausetter 800T CTP
Laser calibration
A certain degree of light intensity attenuation may occur to the laser over time and the degree of attenuation varies among different laser heads. It’s very important to keep the light intensity of lasers consistent to ensure the plate making quality. Ausetter 800T CTP can calibrate the light intensity in the constant temperature automatically. In the precise constant temperature environment, the laser automatically adjusts the laser intensity every eight hours to ensure the stability of plate making.
 
Speed and size
Ausetter 800T CTP prints 28 plates every hour at 2400dpi. By setting different speeds, users can choose their desired speeds and make upgrade. Moreover, the plate size of Ausetter 800T CTP ranges from as large as 1130mm×920mm to as small as 400mm×300mm, applicable to various printing companies with different demands.
 
Good plate compatibility
Ausetter 800T CTP mainly utilizes thermal CTP. Testing proves that the device is compatible with not only many imported plates, but also more than 40 home-made thermal plates. Amsky’s engineers confirm that they haven’t found any thermal CTP plate that is incompatible with Ausetter 800T CTP.
 
High-speed USB 2.0 interface
In order to reduce the investment in both hardware and software, Ausetter 800T CTP didn’t design its own digital workflow. The mainstream and mature digital workflow on the market, such as Heidelberg Prinect, Kodak Prinergy, Founder ElecRoc, etc. can integrate with Ausetter 800T CTP seamlessly. With high-speed USB2.0 interface, Ausetter 800T CTP supports plug and play like a desktop printer, providing great convenience to users.
 
Significant cost advantage
Superior in functions and advantageous in overall cost, Ausetter 800T CTP is highly cost-effective. Compared to other domestic CTP devices, the cost of Ausetter 800T CTP is a little higher than domestic devices because it adopts internationally famous brands in core parts, but with various services of Amsky, the use cost and maintenance cost are much lower. In fact, the total holding cost of Ausetter 800T CTP is reduced significantly, ideal for small and medium printing companies.
 
Other features:
 
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The production environment of Ausetter 800T CTP
1.       High precision and indestructible external drum covered with ceramic. The revolution runout is less than 8 microns.
2.       Its highly-reliable plate clamp system is designed with great tolerance.
3.       The high-performance dedusting system is able to absorb the dust caused by the plate printing and collect the dust to the dust bag. The three-level centrifugal vacuum pump is powered by aviation science and technology with small size and low energy consumption.
 
Unique leasing service
Leasing service is the most characteristic feature of Ausetter 800T CTP. Customers can enjoy the service by paying a proportion of deposit according to the output speed. During the leasing term, the printing companies pay a certain amount of operating cost according to their needs. They can cancel the service anytime. In addition, customers can buy out the device after deducting a proportion of deposit upon the mature of the leasing term. During the leasing term, Amsky offers complete after-sales service (including parts, manpower and travel expense).
 
Take Ausetter 800T CTP’s 36 months leasing solution for example. The printing company needs to pay a deposit of RMB 150,000 at a time to own the device, and then pays the rental fee of only RMB 160,000 every month during the leasing term. When the leasing service is matured, the printing company can choose to refund all the deposit or deduct RMB 100,000 at a time to buy out the device.
 
The leasing service greatly facilitates small and medium companies to use and own CTP device and reduces the management cost, use cost and maintenance cost, so it receives good reputation from many customers. This also promotes the development of China’s printing industry to a certain degree.
During the leasing term, all services are free while the service quality remains the same. To respond the service call immediately, Amsky divides the whole country into 10 service regions and sets 22 services offices, all of which respond the service call in 4 hours and solve the problems around the clock.
 
Conclusion
As a distinguished CTP device on domestic market, Ausetter 800T CTP has made brilliant achievements in helping small and medium printing companies use CTP to make plate. The outstanding plate-making quality, high stability and high cost performance and the unique CTP leasing service enable Ausetter 800T CTP to become one of the most excellent CTP devices at home in recent years.
 
User review
Li Weiwen, general manager of Guangzhou Yifeng Color Printing
Device: Ausetter 800T CTP (formerly Alpha900 II)
Quantity: 1
Review: The leasing service frees us from any worries. We bought some devices from other manufacturers before, but they are not satisfactory in after-sales services. Amsky is better in this respect. The company trains us how to use the device at the beginning and solves the problems timely when errors occur. At the end of the leasing term, we replaced for a new Ausetter 800T CTP which is even better. We now use Ausetter 800T CTP to handle all orders that have higher requirements in printing precision.
The device is very satisfactory. It can’t compare to imported devices in some respects, but it’s a highly cost-effective device. We are considering establishing an outputting center. We will buy another Ausetter 800T CTP if it is established.
Suggestions: Ausetter 800T CTP is outstanding in stability and quality among domestic devices. It would be better if it could reach the same level of imported devices.
 
Wang Jianquan, general manager of Zhengzhou Hongsheng Printing Factory
Device: Ausetter 800T CTP (formerly Alpha900 II)
Quantity: 3
Buy time: Oct. 2009
Review: At the beginning, we make plates in the outputting center. The plate-making cycle is long and it’s difficult to control the quality. Considering that we are engaged in commercial printing which needs short delivery cycle and higher plate quality and speed, so we bought the Ausetter 800T CTP.
At present, the device is stable in operation and easy to handle. Amsky’s engineers are very responsible. In all, no matter it is quality, speed, service or cost, Ausetter 800T CTP makes me feel good.
Suggestions: Amsky’s service is fast enough, but it would be better if it’s faster as far as we printing factories concerned.