Screen turns up the heat with its new generation of VLF thermal platesetters

The new VLF PlateRite Ultima 24000 & 36000 SX platesetter are Screen's most productive machines to date

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Screen maintains its high level of innovation with a new generation of VLF PlateRite Ultima thermal platesetters; the PlateRite Ultima 36000 SX & 24000 SX. The platesetters are the highest productivity machines yet, and are equipped with Screen's latest GLV-X technology featuring 1024 imaging channels (2 x 60W LB per head). Armed with GLV-X, these machines can achieve record speeds of 28 full size plates, or 44 B1 punched plates per hour while still maintaining excellent quality. In addition to increased speed, the SX versions incorporate a number of innovative technologies that help ensure consistent, high quality even when imaging onto the largest supported plates.

"These two SX machines are the first to utilise Screen's new generation GLV imaging head. With more power, GLV-X can generate a unique 1024 imaging lines. This means we are able to deliver very high quality at full speed giving us pole position in plate making" says Rob Hageman, European Product Manager CTP of Screen Europe.

The new VLF PlateRite Ultima 24000 SX and 36000 SX expand Screen's range of VLF Ultima platesetters. The range is designed to support both sheet-fed and web presses and comprises the PlateRite Ultima 16000 that produces an impressive 31 plates per hour, and the twin-headed PlateRite Ultima 24000Z and 36000Z platesetters that are capable of producing up to 59 plates per hour.

Recognising that a high level of automation is also a key factor in maximising CTP production and users profitability, Screen offers a range of scalable automated options. The PlateRite 24000SX & 36000SX are equipped with in-line registration punching and optional punching for printing presses as well as dynamic auto-focus to ensure the optimum dot across the largest format plates. With large format plates, inline punching is particularly important for press accuracy and Screen is unique in offering this feature as standard on its VLF machines. Semi-auto loader (SA-L) and multi cassette (MA-L) plate loaders are also available.

MAN Roland and KBA have introduced presses that require plates over two meters wide and the VLF PlateRite Ultima platesetter range is the ideal CTP partner choice for these machines. The automatic plate handling features found in all Screen's CTP devices are of benefit to even the full size plates of 2100 x 1600 mm. Both the PlateRite 24000 SX and PlateRite 36000 SX machines have the ability to feed B1 plates two at a time resulting in even higher productivity.

The VLF Ultima platesetters are competitively priced and are commercially available for installation from August 2007 from Screen and its resellers ( end
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