Faster, better, platesetters

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Laurel Brunner

Screen has upgraded its PlateRite line of platesetters with a new high-performance, low-energy model for the large-format press market. The PlateRite Ultima 16000N series of thermal platesetters images printing plates for presses printing 16-up A4 pages.

Over the last couple of years, the graphics industry has embraced such larger format press sizes in response to the market’s preference for short-run jobs, ganged for output on a large-format press. Screen and its OEM partners, including Agfa and Fujifilm, have seen rising shipments of large-format computer-to-plate (CtP) systems in response to this trend. Screen’s new PlateRite Ultima 16000N has substantially improved energy usage compared to the previous model.

Grating Light Valve technology
The PlateRites are Screen’s top-of-the-line recorders and have an imaging system based on Grating Light Valve (GLV) technology. This Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEM) technology anchors thousands of tiny silicon-nitride ribbons to a silicon chip to create a high-performance spatial light modulator. The GLV diffracts single light sources into multiple light channels. This makes for much faster imaging, very high resolution and precision that is easily capable of imaging FM screens.

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