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-NEWAGE Imagers

New Age™ Imagers

New Age Imagers LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Buzz Sales Company, Inc. The company was formed to develop, manufacture and market technology that truly represents a “New Age” for both the Intaglio Printing and Pad Printing industries.

For fifty years Buzz Sales Company has provided premium die stamping inks for the manufacture of genuine engraved stationery. In 1995, Buzz Sales Company initiated research and development with the vision of producing an ultra high quality, chemical free computer-to-plate solution for today’s engraver.

Before long, it became clear that this revolutionary technology could be adapted and utilized to create pad printing clichés. Pad printing is a printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. This is accomplished using an indirect offset (gravure) printing process that involves an image being transferred from the printing plate (cliché) via a silicone pad onto a substrate (surface to be printed). Pad printing is used for printing on irregularly-shaped surfaces that would otherwise be impossible to print on. This includes a very wide array of products in many industries including medical, automotive, promotional, apparel, electronics, appliances, sports equipment and toys. It can also be used to deposit functional materials such as conductive inks, adhesives, dyes and lubricants.

While others have been involved in the development of laser engravers, the technology has been relatively rudimentary. Buzz Sales Company/New Age Imagers has taken the technology to the next level with the introduction of the Gale Force series of imagers. The introduction of high resolution plates, directly imaged by a RIP driven laser engraver, allows for quality and sophistication previously unobtainable in laser generated clichés. The combination of an ultra-precise, ultra-small laser spot size and Harlequin-based RIP allows for a true 1200 dpi output. This makes screens, halftones and true four color separations not only possible, but also quick and easy to produce.

The lasers, driven by a Harlequin-based RIP, truly integrate into modern prepress workflow. They either replace or work alongside the Film Imagesetter currently being used. In doing so, they eliminate the need for film, chemicals, exposure, washout and drying time. The consolidation of image quality historically only obtainable on film, the convenience of computer to plate technology and the benefit of workflow integration truly represents a “New Age” for the modern pressroom.