printech, October, 2003
Re: Metal plate: To Save or Not To Save


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From:Gary Jones( gjonesprinting@aol.com)
Date:Thu, 16 Oct 2003 10:55:16


Your inquiry to PNEAC regarding studies regarding the was forwarded to the Technical Inquiry Desk. I do not have any official studies, but our consultants would recommend that remake rates for stored one color work should not be over 8%, and four color work not be over 2%-3%. Remake rates above these figures would not be cost effective. Factors that are relevant to storage of plates are the method of storage, the environment the plates are stored in and the type of work. Many printer will not store tight register 4/c plates as if one needs to be remade, it will likely not fit the other 3, and they all have to be remade. Most printers would agree that it is only practical to store plates if the customer is going to rerun the job without changes, and the printer has the space/means to store the plates in a humidity and temperature controlled environment. The press time lost waiting for plate remakes eliminates the savings by saving the original plates.



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