High Quality / Easy Operation / Superior Workflow / High-end Screening
Consistent plate quality
The PlateRite FX870II eliminate many of the problems associated with platemaking using film, including image unevenness, problems caused by dust, and UV scattering. They also eliminate the many problems inherent in going from film to plate, such as misalignment of the film during platemaking and registration errors arising from stretching of the film. This helps ensure consistent plate quality and reduces the waste inherent in repeating plate output due to errors.
The light source used by the PlateRite FX units, a multi-channel laser diode, is the same type of laser as those used in Screen’s traditional offset CTP recorders. This proven, reliable, high-powered laser images the black mask layer of resin plates. In addition to enabling sharp imaging, the PlateRite FX units’ light source is both long-lived and inexpensive to operate.
Superior reproduction of fi ne lines and white knockout text
With CtP plates, scattering of the UV light during plate imaging is eliminated, so sharp relief patterns can be created. This ensures superior reproduction of fine lines and white knockout text.
High-quality plate output
Unlike traditional printing plates, CtP plates can include both highlight relief patterns and shadow cutouts, which ensures that the minimum and maximum halftone dot sizes are reproduced accurately. This dramatically increases quality from the highlights to the shadows, across a wide range of image densities.
4,800 dpi resolution for high-quality output
The PlateRite FX870II offers a maximum output resolution of 4,800 dpi. This high resolution significantly reduces the incidence of problems common in low-resolution output, such as jaggies in diagonal lines and curves, and dramatically improves the repeatability of fine line reproduction. 4,800 dpi output also delivers smooth gradations, and almost completely eliminates unevenness, even in the highlight areas.
Loading plates onto the drum is simple. The operator simply uses clamps to fix the leading edge of the resin plate in place and then attaches the trailing edge with tape. Leading edge clamps, paired with the design of the suction gutters on the face of the drum, make it possible for the PlateRite FX870II to handle a variety of plates ranging from a minimum of 100 x 100 mm (4” x 4”) to a maximum of 870 × 762 mm (34.2” × 30.0”).This makes the PlateRite FX870II perfect for producing the A3 and A4 size plates that are standard in the label industry, while also providing the flexibility to produce larger, A1 size plates.
Advanced, fully digital processing for higher effi ciencyThe combination of Trueflow SE Rite Flexo and FlatWorker Flexo Edition promotes increased efficiency throughout the production workflow, as does the combination of third-party workflows and PageFit Flexo. Operators can create layout instructions and check resin plate layout on a monitor, and there is no need for manual operations such as page imposition or adjusting the position of different elements. The use of Trueflow SE Rite Flexo and FlatWorker Flexo Edition or PageFit Flexo makes efficient, reliable creation of resin plates a reality.
Trueflow SE Rite Flexo
Trueflow SE Rite Flexo is an entry-level workflow RIP that features Adobe Systems’ latest RIP engine, Adobe® PDF Print Engine 2, and boasts all the essential functions required for flexo/letterpress CtP output. It can be upgraded to Trueflow SE after purchase, which makes it the perfect tool for companies that anticipate future growth.
FlatWorker Flexo Edition/PageFit Flexo
FlatWorker Flexo Edition and PageFit Flexo efficiently position screened 1-bit TIFF data on resin plates. Layout can be carried out automatically, or by dragging and dropping the desired data. It’s easy to make fine adjustments to the position of the data after initial positioning. The operator can also check the positioning on screen in real time, which reduces waste during platemaking by preventing the output of incorrect plates. PageFit Flexo emphasizes Screen’s ability to communicate with a third-party workflow. Utilizing pre-screened 1-bit TIFF data from other front end systems. PageFit Flexo will automatically step and repeat data to maximize plate usage. FlatWorker Flexo is a must see Screen product that integrates directly with Trueflow SE Rite Flexo.
LabProof SE is a high quality, high cost performance color proofing system that outputs proofs on inkjet printers, while making the most of the advantages of inkjet printing. It accepts RIP’ed files such as CMYK TIFF and 1-bit TIFF files and outputs them on large-size inkjet printers. LabProof SE measures color charts and carries out color matching based on industry-standard ICC profiles, so the color proofs it outputs are remarkably similar to the final printed product.
AM screening, which is the form of screening used most commonly in the printing industry today, involves creating halftone dots separated by a fixed distance and arranged in a regular pattern. Varying the size of the halftone dots used creates areas of higher and lower color density. AM screening results in a highly consistent color appearance, and is easy to print.
With traditional AM halftone dots, the reproduction of extreme highlights is inconsistent. In traditional halftone dots, the minimum halftone dot size is one dot, but with Flexo Dot, highlight areas feature a somewhat larger minimum halftone dot size consisting of several dots, which makes it possible to create consistent dots in the extreme highlight areas. The minimum halftone dot shape can be selected from a lineup of shapes for each screen ruling, depending on the platemaking and printing environments, to ensure optimal highlight printing.
Flexo Dot, which is designed for flexo printing, increases the minimum dot size and applies a reinforcing pattern to the base halftone dot shape. This results in the creation of more consistent relief patterns in the highlight areas. The minimum halftone dot shape can be selected from a lineup of shapes for each screen ruling, depending on the plate thickness, platemaking and printing environments, to ensure optimal highlight printing.
Spekta 2 is a next-generation form of hybrid AM/FM screening that is designed to make printing easier. Not only does it solve the problems of moiré and broken lines that sometimes occur when AM screening is used, it also increases the vibrancy of the colors being printed. Spekta 2 makes added-value label printing a reality.
Multi-screening makes it possible to use the optimal type of screening for each object being printed, even if that means mixing different types of screening on a single page. This is particularly useful when printing pages that contain such disparate elements as images, text, keylines, patterned backgrounds, tints, decorative lines, outlined text, and gradations. Multi-screening prevents moiré and broken lines, and contributes to a significant increase in finished quality.