traces it's origin to July 1929 when David S. Stouffer opened a
commercial photo studio. Within 10 years, the studio had
expanded to include advertising, design and printing. Regular
clients included, Studebaker, Bendix, and Miles Laboratories.
the innovator, Mr. Stouffer submitted color photographs of the
Indianapolis 500 to the Professional Photographers of America in
1935 only to have them rejected because there was no class for
designed and built the Paralt Photo Contact Printer and by 1938
was making the McIntire Printer. In the 1940's and 1950's his
attention shifted to the pressroom and prepress. Mr. Stouffer
became involved in the development and production of control
devices and instruments to improve quality, save labor and
minimize scrap material. He held patents relating to
photographic printers, photographic processors, timers, a press
sheet scanner and densitometers.
tradition continues into the 21st century in this closely-held
American company. Innovation is an essential part of the company culture
where new products are being developed and protected by patents
Innovative development by
a graphics pioneer
is photosensitive imaging?
imaging is any application using radiant energy (particularly
light) to produce an image on a photosensitive surface (emulsion,
coating) by the chemical action of the radiant energy.
Applications include photography, lithographic negatives, printing
plates, diffusion transfer (PMT), silk screen negatives and
stencils, diazo, printed circuit boards, industrial and medical
x-ray, to name a few.
reflected and transmitted, is the common element and always acts
according to the laws of physics. Both Gray Scales (opaque/reflective) and Step Wedges
have a series of progressively and uniformly darker steps. With
one exposure, therefore, a whole series of controlled exposure
tests will have been made to help identify the optimum conditions
for exposure and processing, or to evaluate materials or systems.