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Screen Prepress Technology Extends Production Choices and Opportunities

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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. - Screen (USA), a leading supplier of systems and components for the graphic arts industry, has announced that its new PlateRite News 2000 newspaper CTP solution will be featured in the Screen booth (#12063) at NEXPO 2006, April 1-4 at Chicago's McCormick Place Complex. Bringing higher quality to newspapers The Screen PlateRite series thermal CTP recorders set the standard for quality. PlateRite platesetters' speed and impeccable precision streamline plate production like never before. These versatile output devices give users the flexibility to choose a solution that precisely matches their needs. PlateRite News thermal platesetters are making the versatility and productivity of Screen imaging technology available to the newspaper industry. When the first model in the PlateRite News series debuted at NEXPO 2004, Screen officials promised a long relationship with the newspaper industry. The company started making good on that promise immediately. With the introduction of the PlateRite News 2000 at PRINT 05 last September, pressrooms that utilize multiple plate sizes found themselves with more production-enhancing options. The PlateRite News 2000 combines a compact footprint with reliable, pinpoint thermal production. This device is ideal for production environments where speed and accuracy are crucial. It can output plates from 11.4 x 18.1 inches up to 38.6 x 26.8 inches. Four standard image settings - 1,000 dpi, 1,016 dpi, 1,200 dpi and 1,270 dpi - provide ample flexibility in choosing resolutions. The PlateRite News 2000's advanced optical system produces exceptionally precise results. The 64-channel laser diode exposure head ensures reliability and ultimate thermal productivity. Screen's powerful multimode laser design incorporates built-in redundancy for continuous performance even if a laser diode fails. The maintenance-friendly design affords easy servicing and replacement of individual diodes. Simultaneous loading and unloading of two broadsheet plates permits fast plate input, which is a critical first step toward superior output efficiency. The PlateRite News 2000 can deliver 84 broadsheet plates or 42 doublewide plates per hour. The simple plate path reduces plate misloading. The high degree of automation enables the PlateRite News 2000 to fit smoothly into production workflows. The lightweight automated clamping and vacuum system keeps plates fully secure. The auto-balance system adjusts to different plate sizes and creates perfect drum balance every time. A choice of optional automated loading systems answers the need for long automatic operation. The SA-L News single-cassette autoloader and MA-L News multiple-cassette autoloader enable loading, imaging and transporting of plates into the plate processor. More plates can be imaged with less manual intervention and fewer material-handling errors. The PlateRite News 2000 is a complete CTP solution thanks to its seamless integration with Screen's Trueflow workflow technology, as well as its third-party connectivity. Complete CTP solution The Trueflow Rite News workflow management system streamlines newspaper prepress production. Trueflow Rite News performs key workflow tasks to drive the PlateRite News 2000. It accepts PostScript, standard PDF and 1-bit TIFF files. It also features JDF-based RIP operation, job ticketing, trapping, optional imposition and other basic workflow functions. In addition, it supports Screen's extensive screening library option, including Spekta hybrid AM/FM screening. The graphical user interface offers on-screen previewing and thumbnail images of page data during and after processing. It allows users to monitor job progress from any networked computer. Intuitive hot folders are used to create fully automated workflow paths for output-ready jobs. After folders are created, operators simply drag and drop job files into the appropriate hot folder. The remaining steps through output are performed automatically. Extraordinary image quality Spekta offers printers the best attributes of both AM and FM screening methods under standard printing conditions. The Spekta News product makes it possible to produce extraordinary quality on newsprint. Spekta News eliminates moiré. It minimizes tone jumping and reduces graininess in highlight and shadow areas. It helps eliminate the effects of dot gain on press. Ordinary screen rulings of 150 dpi achieve results equivalent to 200 lpi.

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