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PlateRite FX870N-S/FX870N-E

Flexo letterpress CTP
Provides higher quality and efficiency for flexo & letterpress printing

The PlateRite FX series are high-quality, easy to use, reliable CtP recorders that offer optimal flexo/letterpress plate output for printing and prepress companies. They can image the black mask layer of photopolymer plates directly, thereby eliminating the need for film and other intermediate processing.
The PlateRite FX870N-S/FX870N-E is the ideal flexo/letterpress CtP recorder for printing companies that already possess letterpress printing presses but want higher quality output, as well as for companies looking to improve the quality of the labels output from their existing letterpress printing presses, offset label printing presses, or flexo combination printing presses.

PlateRite FX870N-S/FX870N-E


  • Consistent plate qualityThe PlateRite FX870N-S/FX870N-E 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.
  • Proven technologyThe light source used by the PlateRite FX series, 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 photopolymer plates. In addition to enabling sharp imaging, the PlateRite FX series’ light source is both durable and inexpensive to operate.
  • High-quality plate outputUnlike traditional printing plates, plates used in the CtP process have stable output for both highlight relief patterns and shadow cutouts, which reproduces the minimum and maximum halftone dots with high accuracy. This dramatically increases quality from the highlights to the shadows, across a wide range of image densities. And newly developed Super Fine Cell improves transfer issues that can occur in flexo printing. This newly developed function forms minute holes in the plate surface that are used to retain ink. These holes enable a higher volume of ink to be transferred. 
  • Main exposure function using inline UV LEDsMain exposure is performed by the UV LEDs installed in the system without assistance from the operator. This main exposure begins right after imaging and the two operations run in parallel, creating greater efficiency. And the operator does not perform any manual operations between the imaging and main exposure processes, meaning no plate errors can occur in the workflow.


Product Name PlateRite FX870N-S PlateRite FX870N-E
Model Name PT-R FX870N
Media Letterpress digital plates, flexo digital plates, dry films, thermal offset plates (option)
Media sizes*1 Maximum 870 x 762 mm (34.3" x 30.0"); Minimum 100 x 100 mm (4.0" x 4.0")
Media thickness*1

0.10 to 2.84 mm

Resolution 2,400 dpi, 2,540 dpi, 4,800 dpi*2
Prouctivity 4 to 6 m2/h (6,200 to 9,300 sq in/h)*3 2 to 3 m2/h (3,100 to 4,650 sq in/h)*3
Options Thermal offset plate option*4, inline UV LED exposure function, magnetic drum specification*5
(W × H × D)
Main unit: 1,870 × 1,240 × 905 mm (73.7" × 48.9" × 35.7")*6
Air filtering unit: 530 × 840 × 670 mm (20.9" × 33.1" × 26.4")
Chiller unit: 350 × 715 × 660 mm (13.8" × 28.2" × 26.0") (UV LED option)
Weight Main unit: 680 kg (1,499.2 lb)
Air filtering unit: 90 kg (198.5 lb)
Power requirements Main unit: Single phase 200 to 240 V, 20 A, 4 kW
Air filtering unit: Single phase 200 to 240 V, 16 A, 3.2 kW
Chiller unit: Single phase 200 to 240 V, 3 A, 0.6 kW (UV LED option)
Environment Temperature: 21 to 25°C (69.8 to 77°F) [recommended], Relative humidity: 40 to 70% (no condensation)

*1 Limitations may exist depending on the plate material.
*2 Note that 4,800 dpi screening is not possible for thermal offset plates.
*3 Productivity may vary depending on the media sensitivity.
*4 Supported thermal offset plate sizes range from a maximum of 870 × 762 mm (34.3" × 30.0") to a minimum of 200 × 100 mm (7.9" × 4.0").
*5 This is available as a factory option. It is for steel based plates.
*6 The depth of systems equipped with UV LEDs is 135 mm longer than the standard specifications.