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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