Screen USA: Technology Takes Center Stage at Graph Expo
Press release from the issuing company
September 12, 2002 -- Screen (USA) has built a solid reputation for helping revolutionize the way prepress and printing production is done. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the company’s founding, which makes the 2002 edition of Graph Expo especially noteworthy.
Innovative technologies have been the norm for past Graph Expo shows, and this year's event is no exception. The Screen (USA) booth #3400 features a full complement of prepress technologies and software solutions.
Screen is presenting a range of models from the PlateRite series of thermal platesetters, including 4-up, 6-up and 8-up CTP devices, as well as the large, multi-format PlateRite Ultima. Demonstrations of the platesetters linked with the latest version of Trueflow emphasize the quality and productivity benefits of Power CTP.
Productivity improvements in CTP
The PlateRite series sets the standard for quality. Screen (USA) has introduced significant advances in the PlateRite series:
* The PlateRite 4300 was developed in response to the growing popularity of larger format 4-page/6-page presses, the newest versions of which can produce 4-up and 6-up signatures. The PlateRite 4300 accommodates a maximum plate size of 32.7" x 26". It also supports some of the smaller 2-page presses with the minimum plate size of 12.8" x 14.5".
* The PlateRite 8600 achieves fast, reliable thermal CTP output for printers that operate different format presses. Its maximum size of 45.6" x 37" accommodates a wide range of plate formats. The PlateRite 8600 also images plates as small as 17.7" x 14.5". When outputting 40.5" x 31.4" plates at 2,400 dpi, it comfortably handles 20 plates per hour.
* The PlateRite Ultima supports 2-page to 32-page plate formats. It will find broad appeal among printers that utilize a mix of large-format and conventional format offset presses, as well as web printers. The PlateRite Ultima features twin exposure heads and incorporates GLV (Grating Light Valve) technology. The PlateRite Ultima can expose 16-page and 32-page plates at high speed and quality. The dual heads also allow for the simultaneous exposure of two 8-page plates.
Trueflow: enhanced performance of ‘Power CTP’
Trueflow is the driving force behind Power CTP. Built on the latest PDF core technology from Adobe, this intelligent RIP system increases workflow speed and efficiency by organizing individual tasks in prepress and plate production. The latest version of Trueflow provides PDF 1.4 support, in addition to processing PDF 1.3 and PostScript 3 files. Other features include preflight checking, automatic trapping and imposition.
Screen continues to provide Trueflow with greater functionality to make it a more valuable production tool. An example of this commitment is Trueflow Archive Manager. This newly developed asset management system allows users to store, locate and restore specific Trueflow jobs.
Spekta, the exclusive hybrid technology from Screen, represents the future of screening. It provides a remarkable improvement in print quality without any loss of productivity and without the need to change from conventional 175 lpi print conditions. This is made possible by combining the strengths of both amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM) screening methods.
For more information, visit www.screenusa.com
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