Screen USA Unveils Powerful Prepress Tools at Gutenberg
Press release from the issuing company
Versatile new Platesetters, Workflow Versions to Debut at 30th Anniversary Show
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- When the Gutenberg Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, from May 30 through June 1 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., Screen (USA) will be on hand delivering high-quality prepress solutions to meet the Western printing industry’s needs. In booth #723, Screen will demonstrate powerful new tools that streamline digital prepress, enhance throughput and elevate print quality.
Screen will showcase two of the latest additions to the award-winning PlateRite series of thermal CTP platesetters: the PlateRite 4300, a new platesetter in the six-page format, along with the recently launched PlateRite 8000II eight-page platesetter. The PlateRite platesetters will be linked with Trueflow version 2.0, the newest generation of Screen’s PDF (Portable Document Format) workflow management system, to create "Power CTP." Screen’s new asset management software Trueflow Archive Manager also will be introduced at the show. Trueflow and "Power CTP" presentations will take place, giving showgoers a golden opportunity to witness the industry’s most efficient digital workflow in action.
"Visitors to previous Gutenberg Festivals have been very impressed by the level of innovation and reliability that Screen technology provides," noted A.J. Kakiuchi, president of Screen (USA). "We are confident this year’s presentation will continue that tradition. We intend to stage a full-scale demonstration with an impressive array of CTP equipment and workflow software. This is another significant way of emphasizing our commitment to serving the needs of current and prospective clients wherever they do business."
Toward that end, Kakiuchi said Screen has expanded its sales division. Most recently, longtime printing industry veteran Steven Scholl was hired to serve as Screen’s southern California sales manager. Scholl is responsible for sales in the Los Angeles and San Diego markets.
PlateRite 4300 platesetter expands options for four-page printers
Gutenberg marks the North American debut of the PlateRite 4300. Introduced at IPEX 2002, the PlateRite 4300 was developed in response to the growing popularity of larger format four-page presses. The PlateRite 4300 supports these larger presses by extending its maximum plate size to 32.7" x 26" (830 mm x 660 mm). In addition, it supports smaller two-page presses by reducing the minimum plate size to 12.8" x 14.5" (324 mm x 370 mm).
To satisfy the increased productivity needs of printers, the PlateRite 4300 can output 20 plates per hour when imaging 28.5" x 24.2" (724 mm x 615 mm) plates at 2,400 dpi. The PlateRite 4300 has Screen’s unique clamping and automatic drum balancing systems, as well as inline plate punching. The platesetter offers an optional single-cassette autoloader, which can hold up to 100 plates. An optional multicassette autoloader loads up to 300 plates of three different sizes without operator intervention, further contributing to higher throughput.
New PlateRite 8000II platesetter
The PlateRite 8000II joins a robust lineup of platesetters from Screen. It emphasizes multipress flexibility, providing unparalleled performance for printers that operate a diverse range of different format presses. The PlateRite 8000II can output plates for most presses in the B3 to B1 range. Its generous size — a maximum of 45.6" x 37" (1,160 mm x 940 mm) — allows for output of a wide range of plate formats. It also handles plates as small as 17.7" x 14.5" (450 mm x 370 mm). When outputting 40.5" x 31.4" (1,030 mm x 800 mm) plates at 2,400 dpi, it can run at the rate of 13 plates per hour. It features support for smaller 0.32" clamps that are often required by web offset printers. The single-cassette autoloader option and multicassette autoloader option afford rapid and precise plate handling.
Trueflow: enhanced performance of ‘Power CTP’
Trueflow is the world’s first Web browser-operated workflow solution and the driving force behind what Screen terms "Power CTP." Trueflow integrates the latest PDF core technology from Adobe for a more stable and functional workflow. Easy to learn and easy to install, Trueflow increases workflow speed and efficiency by organizing individual tasks in prepress and plate production. The template-based system creates customized job tickets and process plans, which control and perform user-defined functions.
Making its West Coast debut, Trueflow version 2.0 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. Trueflow’s capabilities of outputting a full flat-trapped PDF file have been enhanced, enabling output in outline EPS file format. Optional features, such as Job Definition Format (JDF) and imposition software Flatworker 4.0, allow users unprecedented flexibility.
Trueflow Archive Manager: powerful database management tool
At the Gutenberg Festival, Screen will unveil newly developed asset management software for storing, finding and restoring specific jobs . The Trueflow Archive Manager can be added to the Trueflow system without actually modifying Trueflow itself. It allows users to store selected Trueflow jobs offline on a DVD jukebox, tape changer or disk array. The user can restore the archived jobs later without interrupting any work in progress.
"Trueflow is a powerful workflow system recognized for its unparalleled productivity and reliability," said Kakiuchi. "Our ongoing goal is to provide Trueflow with greater functionality to make it a more valuable production tool."
Other advanced systems
Specially designed systems that further enhance prepress and pressroom productivity will be exhibited at the Screen booth, including the Cézanne Elite desktop flatbed scanner and Katana 5055 four-page imagesetter. See all of these Screen systems in booth #723 at the Gutenberg Festival, May 30 to June 1.
About Screen (USA)
Screen (USA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Dainippon Screen, based in Kyoto, Japan, is one of the world’s largest developers, manufacturers and suppliers of system components for the prepress and printing industries. For more information, contact Screen (USA) at 5110 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Telephone: (800) 372-7737 or (847) 870-7400; fax: (847) 870-0149; Web site: www.screenusa.com.
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