Refurbished Computer to Plate Equipment is an Appealing Option

Refurbished CtP Equipment BannerRefurbished computer to plate equipment is an appealing option for many printers because it costs a lot less than new equipment and usually includes all the same functionality.

There are several factors printers should consider when buying refurbished computer to plate equipment based on their needs and the seller’s refurbishing process.

What Does Refurbished Mean?
It is important to understand what refurbished CtP equipment is. Refurbished CtP equipment should function as well as new equipment. The refurbishment process is intended to return a product to manufacturer’s standards, which includes: complete inspection, replacement of worn parts, recalibration, cosmetic maintenance, and confirmation that the equipment is in excellent working condition.

How Much Do I Want to Spend on This Device?
Determine your budget. If your company is looking for quality without the cost, refurbished equipment can be 30 to 70 percent less expensive than new devices.

What Do I Like?
You also must assess which equipment you are currently using. Consider which features you like on your present device and what technological innovations have been made since your equipment was manufactured. If the newest technology is similar to your current model, refurbished may be the best option so you can eliminate the learning curve on purchasing new equipment. You can replace non-working CtP equipment you currently use with the same unit that has been refurbished and is fully-functional.

What Warranty is Offered?
New CtP systems come with the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) warranty, which covers software and hardware defects under normal condition of use. Many refurbished devices come with warranties, but these may be limited in time or coverage. Check to make sure the device is covered.

What are the Levels of Refurbishment?
Used CtP equipment can be reconditioned to different stages of refurbishment depending upon the needs of the customer:

  • Cosmetic Refurbished CtP Equipment is often nothing more than a used pieces of equipment that has been cleaned and tested to be in correct working order and nothing more has been done
  • Parts Refurbished CtP Equipment occurs when parts within the machine do not pass inspection for manufacturer’s specifications and need to be replaced. Those parts can either be from the OEM or removed from another used CtP system.
  • Fully Refurbished CtP Equipment is used CtP equipment that has been fully refurbished and restored to its original, like-new condition. In some cases, a refurbished unit may even receive enhancements that make it superior to the original unit. Full refurbishment usually requires both cosmetic improvements and major parts replacement.

Does It Still Have Support? 
We covered this in detail in part one, but just to reiterate it’s usually best to purchase Refurbished CtP equipment from someone who has the support of the OEM (see Part One)

What Else Am I Looking For?
Finally, prioritize your requirements for the device you are purchasing. Factor in how long you need the device to last. How frequently do you purchase equipment? You also want to be sure the company you are working with has a reputable refurbishing process. Are the service engineers certified and trained by the OEM? How long has the company been refurbishing CtP equipment? Do they refurbish in house or outsource?

By asking yourself these questions, you will be able to find the most appropriate refurbished system and save money for your company.

In part three we will detail DEI Systems refurbishing procedure for ECRM Mako CtP platesetters.

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Save Money with Our Chemfree CTP Violet Plates

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If you are currently using a ctp violet plate that requires plate developer, replenisher and gum/finisher, it’s time you take a look at our Chemfree CTP Violet Plates. The cost of the chemfree violet plate is usually very competitive with even the cheapest violet plate that requires a plate developer, replenisher and gum/finisher. But where you’ll see a significant savings is in the chemistry.

Let’s say you are a small to medium size newspaper with an ECRM Mako CtP system and a Glunz & Jensen Raptor 68 plate processor. You use approximately a thousand 23 1/16″ x 35″ .008 violet plates per month that require developer, replenisher and gum. If you replace that plate with our chemfree plate and gum, you will totally eliminate the cost of developer and replenisher, and your yearly cost for gum will only be about $1,200. This is probably 1/3 of what you are paying yearly for developer, replenisher and gum/finisher.

We just recently did a cost analysis for a small newspaper using only 300 plates per month. In this instance our chemfree plate was actually about $0.15 more per plate or $540 more per year than what they are currently paying for plates. However, when we calculated what they are spending in plate chemistry, (developer, replenisher, finisher/gum) they are spending over $2,000 more per year than what they would be spending on our chemfree gum, remember our chemfree plate requires no developer or replenisher.

In addition to saving money on chemistry, customers have let us know about these advantages when replacing the development/replenisher with the VCF plate and Chemistry Free Gum. Below is a summary of the key benefits:

  • The VCF chemistry free plates can be use with existing violet CTP and processors systems. No hardware changes are required.
  • The CF Gum is much easier to work with by operators and much easier to clean up when a full change is required. Customers have indicated that they have saved approximately 50% time on clean up.
  •  A neutral (PH 7) gum normally does not have to be processed before disposing. Customers have been able to turn off their Metafix type devises saving both a step and additional chemistry for the unit to process developer before dumping.
  • The CF plate can use a Water Top-Up method to lower chemistry free gum costs and extend the life of the gum in the processor for the clean up phase.

In a summary, the VCF plates are easier to work with and remove many of the requirements on disposal of the higher PH developer chemistry.

Let us do a plate cost analysis for you to see how much money and time we can save you by switching to our chemfree violet plate. Call us for your cost analysis 864.269.9662

Not All Refurbished CtP Systems are Created Equal

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There are some things you should be aware of when considering purchasing refurbished CtP Systems.

Unfortunately, there is no official definition of the term ‘refurbished’, which means you have to do your due diligence. Indeed, expect to see variations on the term if you shop around. ‘Refurbished’, ‘remanufactured’, ‘reconditioned’… we’ve seen them all.

The first thing you should focus on is the actual company that is “refurbishing” your CtP system. Do they “refurbish” numerous platesetters from several different platesetter manufacturers? If they do, that may not necessarily be a positive, as we’ve all heard the term “jack of all trades, but master of none.”

When it comes to platesetters you are better off with a company that focuses on just one or two manufacturers, chances are they’ll have more expertise than a company that offers several different platesetters from several manufacturers.

Secondly, is the company “refurbishing” the platesetter endorsed by the manufacturer, it’s always best if the company doing the refurbishing actually has the support of the original manufacturer, that way they have someone they can go to should they run into an unusual problem with the equipment. This also gives them access to new parts should they need to replace something in the platesetter they are refurbishing.

The best way to find this out is to just ask the company, “do you have the support of the manufacturer and do you have access to new parts.” You can also ask them if they sell new equipment from that particular manufacturer. If they can’t sell you new equipment, chances are they don’t have the support of the manufacturer.

In our next article we’ll discuss the actual refurbishing of the equipment and what you should look for.

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