Announcement – Glunz and Jensen PlateWriter 2450SE

The Glunz and Jensen PlateWriter 2450SE – SOLD OUT! We are completely sold out of the PlateWriter 2450SE with no more remaining.

Do You Have Weak Imagesetting Film Densities On Your Old Imagesetter?

Are you starting to notice your film densities on your older imagesetter are getting weaker? As imagesetters get older, the intensity of the laser gets weaker. Usually you have to replace the laser and/or laser power supply to solve the problem, but this can be a very expensive repair – often exceeding $2,000 or more.

The other issue is that most lasers and laser power supplies, especially for the Agfa Accuset and Agfa SelectSet are going to be used. So you risk the same thing happening again in the not so distant future even if you replace them.

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Sharpening the Saw – How Curiosity Ensures Your Success

I’ll never forget the day, 4 or 5 years ago now, that I had too much work to do and all I kept hearing from the back of the warehouse was, bangs and clanks, and loud scraping sounds.

Just when I thought the din had settled down, I heard someone yelling, “Move that over here! YES … and get some plates!”

Curiosity took over me. Even though I had more work than I could handle, I had to go see what was going on in the back room.

As I walked down the hall from my office to the back room and rounded the corner, I could see Rudi, Bill and Josh pushing equipment together.

As Rudi was finding a plug to use, I asked him, “What’s going on?”

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6 Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Glunz and Jensen Platewriter or Newswriter from DEI Systems

Everyone says that their business is the best and they have the best prices, but why should you care? I mean, how do you know they aren’t just pulling your leg?

Besides, it’s not like you are interested in hearing another sales pitch … right?

That’s why I’m not going to be salesey. Nope, I’m going to be completely honest. Because you deserve to know the truth.

So here goes:

If you are looking around for dealers to purchase a Glunz and Jensen Platewriter from, then read on. If you are not interested in saving time and money, then I thank you for your attention … you are free to go.

If you buy a Glunz and Jensen machine from anyone else, you are making a colossal mistake

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ECRM and Agfa Imagesetter Parts

As most ECRM imagesetter owners already know, ECRM has classsified all of their imagesetters as “end of life” machines. What this means is, if you need a part for your imagesetter, whether its a VRL36, VRL45, Mako 36, Mako 46, Mako 56, Knockout 4550, StingRay 46, StingRay 63, Marlin 46, Marlin 63, or a BlueFin, you may not be able to get parts.

Once a manufacturer classifies a machine as “end of life”, they are no longer required to carry parts for that machine, so they may or may not have the imagesetter part available if you need it.

Here at DEI Systems, we still have a good supply of  parts for ECRM “end of life” imagesetters. We can also rebuild many of the parts for imagesetters. We have a high success rate for rebuilding VRL, Mako, and StingRay spinner motors, we can even rebuild the hologon spinner motor used in the Marlin. We can also rebuild VRL, Mako, StingRay, and Marlin power supplies. And the StingRay and Marlin buffer assemblies, you know the ones where the rubber rollers melt, we can rebuild those too. So even though ECRM has put the “end of life” label on their imagesetters, we at DEI Systems have not.

As a matter of fact if you call ECRM looking for parts, and they don’t have them, they’ll probably tell you to call DEI Systems. And if you have an old Agfa imagesetter, like an Accuset or Avantra, we still have parts for those imagesetters as well.

And when you are finally ready to upgrade to a CTP system, we may even take your imagesetter in on a trade to help offset some of the cost of going computer to plate.,

Double Sided Conventional Plates

If you are still using double sided metal plates you may be finding that you are waiting longer than normal to receive them from your current supplier. Or you may not be able to get them at all. The reason is that all but one of the plate manufacturers have discontinued double sided conventional plates and it looks like the one remaining is soon to follow. It is our estimate that within the next couple of months the only double sided conventional plates you will find are the ones that your current supplier already has in their inventory. Our suggestion would be if you use double sided plates order as many as you can find because it won’t be long until they’re no longer available.

The Importance of Technical Support

We all know how frustrating it is to need technical support, especially when calling tech support requires a GPS to navigate the labyrinth of menu options (which may have changed), wait-queues, and typing in your account number 3 times “for security purposes,” as if someone who stole your account number is incapable of typing it more than once. Wouldn’t you prefer to have a live person here in the US actually answer the phone and help you with your problem.

That may be wishful thinking when calling a PC manufacturer, or software company, but if you need help with your platesetter, imagesetter or are just ordering imagesetting film or metal plates we at DEI Systems always do our best to have a real person answer the phone. As a matter of fact, over 97% of the time when a customer calls us, a real person answers. And best of all, our phone tech support is free, as long as you’ve purchased a platesetter, imagesetter or RIP from DEI Systems you’ll never pay for phone support. And even if you didn’t buy your platesetter, imagesetter or RIP from DEI but are now buying your film and/or plates from us, we’ll give you free phone support to the best of our ability. It’s just our way of saying thank you, we appreciate your business.

See what are customers say about our Technical Support, testimonials.

AB Dick DPM Users Can Save Money On Polyplate Material

We still get quite a few calls from printers using AB Dick DPM polyester platesetters, they usually are looking for another source for polyplate material. Although AB Dick plate material is manufactured by Mitsubishi, AB Dick designed a proprietary core so that you would have to buy the material from them. And of course they continue to raise the price, thinking you can’t get the plate material anywhere else. There are however hub conversion kits available that will allow you to use a standard spec 829 polyplate material.

Another nice benefit of the hub conversion kit is that you can also use Agfa Setprint Plus polyplate material in addition to the Mitsubishi. These hub conversion kits usually cost between $300 and $600.

For more information you can contact us at 864-269-9662 or

Will Imagesetting Film Continue to Increase in Price?

With the economy being what it is we are all concerned with what things cost. Like most commodities imagesetting film has seen a steady rise in price. The reason, silver, silver is one of the main components in imagesetting film. As silver continues to increase in price so will imagesetting film. You might want to watch the silver market to gage if the cost of film will continue to rise. You may also want to watch and see if the Federal Reserve continues to print money, if they do the cost of silver will definitely continue to rise and so will film. If you use a lot of film you may want to order some extra rolls if you think silver will continue to rise. You may also consider investing in a silver recovery unit to pull out the silver that ends up in the fixer, you can then sell the silver to help offset the cost of the film.

A Quick Reminder Section 179 Federal Tax Code Expiring

Remember that Section 179 of the Federal Tax Code will be expiring on December 31, 2012. So if you’ve been considering purchasing a CTP system or other equipment for your business this may be the year to do it as there is no indication that this will be extended in 2013.

Section 179 states that any business in 2012 that has less than $500,000 in taxable income can write off 100% of their new or used equipment purchase with Commercial Finance Agreements.

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