April 19, 2007 -- ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Newspaper executives, operations directors and production managers will want to make the Screen (USA) exhibition area (Booth #1859) one of their first stops at this year's NEXPO show. With Screen's latest sophisticated production systems specifically geared to newspaper prepress, there is ample reason for visiting.
The demand for better and faster service never ends. Corporate executives and production heads will be taking long, hard looks at technology that can automate the most tasks. Color printing is at the forefront of many newspaper companies' minds, as full-color photographs, illustrations and design elements assume an increasingly larger role in telling local stories and selling advertising space.
Screen's prepress tools and workflow solutions address those needs profitably. The main attraction in the Screen booth is the PlateRite News 2000S thermal computer-to-plate (CTP) recorder. The Trueflow Rite News workflow management system organizes key processing tasks to optimize the output performance of the PlateRite News 2000.
The PlateRite News 2000S combines a compact footprint with reliable, pinpoint thermal production. It features a 64-channel laser diode head that precisely images 41 doublewide plates per hour or 84 broadsheet plates per hour.
The PlateRite News 2000S accommodates plates from 11.4 x 18.1 inches to 38.5 x 26.9 inches. Four standard image settings — 1,000 dpi, 1,016 dpi, 1,200 dpi and 1,270 dpi — provide flexibility in choosing resolutions. Simultaneous loading and unloading of two broadsheet plates permits fast plate input.
A choice of optional automated loading systems with interleaf removal and built-in processor bridge answers the need for long automatic operation.
The single-cassette SA-L News 2000 option allows automatic loading from a single cassette. The SA-L News 2000 holds up to 100 doublewide plates or 200 broadsheet plates. Right before it loads each plate, the SA-L automatically removes the protective interleaf sheet and sends the sheet to an external bin. It can load plates without slip-sheets as well.
Thanks to the innovative design of the autoloader's vacuum-grip handling system, no contact is made with the sensitive emulsion side of the plate at any stage during loading. The operator can pause the autoloader and manually load different sized plates into the autoloader or the PlateRite unit whenever required. Automatic loading can then be resumed with a simple push of a button.
The multiple-cassette MA-L News 2000 option is designed for maximum unattended production. The MA-L News 2000 includes up to three cassettes. Each cassette can hold up to 200 plates. More plates can be imaged with less manual intervention and fewer material-handling errors.
The PlateRite News 2000S supports Screen's Spekta AM/FM hybrid screening. The Spekta screening technology for newspaper prepress offers the best attributes of both AM and FM screening methods. It enables ordinary screen rulings of 100 dpi to achieve results equivalent to 200 lpi.
To see Screen's complete CTP solution for newspaper prepress production, visit Booth #1859 at NEXPO 2007.
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