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'Korea Times' Plant Saves with Two ECRM Platelines, Workflow Systems

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Korea Times' Plant Saves with Two ECRM Platelines, Workflow Systems

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Last October, ECRM Imaging Systems installed the first of two ECRM NEWSmatic 250 CTP systems in The Korea Times' Los Angeles production plant, which prints not only the largest Korean newspaper in the U.S., but also weekly and monthly magazines, all in English and Korean.

Korea Times' goal is to convert all its 11 North American locations to digital CTP workflows. Since moving to violet CTP, the paper reports chemistry and plate savings, reduced paper waste, and a 50% reduction in prepress staffing, as well as improved imaging leading to increased ad revenue. It estimates overall annual savings of 10%. The change also eliminated a plate-processing odor that staffers found objectionable. An ECRM film imagesetter user for several years, Operations Director Brian Jun cited not only familiarity with the vendor, but also savings, efficiencies and full control of the workflow in conversion to computer-to-plate output. "Special editions have become much easier -- we're able to create any product, any time we receive a request from our parent company," Jun said in a statement. …

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