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PrePress since Chapter 11

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PrePress since Chapter 11

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Monotype Systems Inc., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is handling sales and marketing for PrePress Solutions Inc., since Monotype's owners took a controlling interest in the Billerica, Mass., output systems developer. Financial troubles at the firm formed from the old Varityper business led to its takeover (E&P, June 12, p. 98). Monotype hired PrePress' sales and technical support groups.

Monotype president Dennis E. Nierman says PrePress intends to keep making its capstan imagers -- Panthers for film/polyester plates and FasTraks for metal plates, the latter now approaching 100 plates per hour. For lower volumes, Monotype offers the Scangraphic-developed, multiple- media, drum-based Futuro, Printware's 1440, and Cymbolic Sciences' internal-drum NewsJet; for higher volumes, it sells K&F's LaserExpress (see above).

Nierman says PrePress and Monotype also will work together on RIP development -- referring to software used to drive the imagers -- and on a LaserBus interface for RIP-to-recorder connectivity.

Swiss group Brassfield Investments owns PrePress Solutions as a separate entity, just as it owns Monotype and its sister companies (e.g., Freedom Systems, Scangraphic, Alfa Media). …

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