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WEST PUBLISHING IS FIRST UNITED STATES COMPANY TO INSTALL KRAUSE LASERSTAR DIRECT COMPUTER TO PLATE SYSTEM

 EAGAN, Minn., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- West Publishing and Krause Printing Techniques International announce the upcoming installation of the first Direct Computer to Plate System -- the Krause LaserStar -- in the United States, at West's Eagan facilities.
 "West is committed to producing high quality products, using cutting-edge technology," said Vance Opperman, president of West Publishing. "The Krause LaserStar enables West to send page copy electronically from our Manuscript Departments, directly to the LaserStar for plate creation in our Prepress Department. LaserStar eliminates time-consuming layout and stripping processes, and most importantly, the use of photographic paper, film, and the film processing chemicals." The LaserStar will be used to compliment the plate requirements of West's 48-page web presses.
 The Krause LaserStar system is a technological breakthrough. The LaserStar gathers electronically generated pages and, via laser, writes this information directly onto the printing plate. Using the latest technology in micro-electronics and optical research, no film or related equipment are necessary, making the Krause LaserStar a direct computer to plate system.
 Bitmap data is acquired in page format, from a Hyphen RIP and stored on high-density Exabyte magnetic tape as single pages (up to 1,500). User-defined impositions are created with electronically generated control marks for direct imaging onto aqueous-based aluminum plates. Plates have a maximum plate size of 55.1" x 66.9" and resolution of 1,016 to 2,540 dpi. The plates are press-ready after exposing and processing. Plate exposure requires approximately five minutes.
 "During our more than 118-year history of producing legal products, we've continued to add new equipment and technology, enabling West to publish more efficiently and effectively," said Opperman. "When new technology is introduced, we don't eliminate employees, we retrain. Their experience and knowledge are vital to effectively using new technology. West's Krause LaserStar operator, Steve Smolinski, began working at West with hot lead corrections 19 years ago. He has experienced the technological revolution in printing, and his experience is a vital part of West's successful transition to using Krause LaserStar system."
 West is one of the companies that initiated the concept of "user and manufacturer as partners." Krause's 11-year association with West reinforces the concept that partners produce the best quality products.
 West Publishing is the nation's premier legal publisher, supplying legal professionals with both print and electronic source materials including WESTLAW(R), the computer-assisted legal research service; West CD-ROM Libraries(TM); West's Desktop Practice Systems(TM); and over 60 million books and pamphlets each year.
 Krause is the leader in prepress technology, and one of Germany's oldest manufacturing companies. Krause is always on the cutting-edge of technological development, including the invention of the original step and repeat plater and the installation and operation of six LaserStar direct computer-to-plate systems in Europe.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information on the LaserStar, contact Berndz Otte or Emil Landau, Krause PTI, Branford, Conn., at 203-483-9883, or Dorothy Molstad, West Publishing, Eagan, at 612-687-7617. Photo and backgrounder are available by request./
 /CONTACT: Dorothy Molstad of West Publishing, 612-687-7617; or Carolyn Landau, 207-563-8654, for Krause/


CO: West Publishing Company, Krause Printing Techniques International ST: Minnesota, Connecticut IN: PUB SU: JVN

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