SCREEN reveals high-throughput models for eight page format CtP

SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions is showing its new PlateRite HD 8900N series at drupa. These eight page platesetters promise class-leading productivity for thermal computer-to-plate (CtP) production and will be released to the global market after the show.

SCREEN's PlateRite HD 8900N
SCREEN’s PlateRite HD 8900N

Over the last few years, offset printing has been increasingly expected to handle a wider range of small volume jobs with shorter turnaround times. This has created a growing need for CtP systems to deliver higher productivity and output than ever before.

In response to this, SCREEN has developed its new PlateRite HD 8900N lineup. The range builds on the productivity, quality and performance offered by its flagship PlateRite HD 8900 series, which has itself been repeatedly upgraded since its launch in 2011.

The new lineup includes the Z, S and E models, with each type designed to meet specific needs. The high-end Z model features a 1,024 channel imaging head that helps it to improve output from 67 to 70 plates per hour. The S and E models are equipped with 512 channel imaging heads and are capable of producing 48 and 36 plates per hour, respectively. For the S model, this represents an increase of more than 10 per cent compared to the current throughput.

The series also accommodates a wide variety of plate sizes, ranging from 304 x 305 mm up to a maximum 1,165 x 950 mm. The optional MA-L8900 and SA-L8900 autoloaders feature automatic plate supply,1 improves efficiency and allows each model to operate continuously for extended periods.

In terms of environmental impact, the Z model dramatically reduces energy consumption during operation by up to 43 per cent2 per plate. This, and a variety of other features, considerably strengthen the series’ overall environmental friendliness. SCREEN anticipates the release of the new PlateRite HD 8900N series will make an important contribution to the continuing growth of the printing industry.

1 – The MA-L8900 is able to set up to 600 plates while the SA-L8900 has a capacity of 120 plates.
2 – This may vary according to the usage environment. The figure shown is based on a comparison between the PlateRite HD 8900N-Z and PlateRite 8800N-ZX when an MA-L autoloader and built-in bridge were connected. Operation was performed at an ambient temperature of 25 C with conditions including a resolution of 2,400 dpi and plate size of 1,030 by 800 mm.