Screen GP Australia has announced availability of its PlateRite Ultima 24000N series of thermal plate recorders.

Capable of up to 24 x A4 pages on a 1632mm x 1325mm plate, the series features the latest GLV (grating light valve) imaging heads and delivers high throughput of up to 35 full-sizeplates per hour (Z model), with an outstanding cost performance, according to Screen.

Peter Scott, managing director of Screen GP Australia and New Zealand, says, “VLF, or very large format, CtP is experiencing an upswing in Australia and New Zealand as the demand for faster plate changes on both wide web and oversize sheetfed litho machines increases. Markets include publishing, packaging, POS and platemaking where several jobs are ganged up on one plate. We already have very strong interest in the new Ultima 2400N and expect installations to happen this year.”

Screen says that the new series offers several plate sizes, adding that the two new versions offer significantly more compact footprints than the existing models with even greater productivity and cost performance.

The PlateRite Ultima 24000N series incorporates the latest GLV imaging heads with an upgraded optical system. These heads support the output of Screen’s proprietary Spekta 2 hybrid screening, enabling richer, high-resolution results. The 24000N-Z model is equipped with a 1,024 channel head that boosts output up to 35 VLF plates per hour, or 45 plates per hour when making B1 1030mm x 800mm sized plates.

The 512 channel 24000N-S model also improves throughput to 24 plates per hour, from the 22 plates offered by its predecessor. Both models can handle plates from 650 x 490mm  up to 1,652 x 1,325mm, covering the sizes used by large-format presses. The new series can be used with Screen’s MA-L40000 multi-cassette autoloader, capable of automatically supplying up to 300 plates, to achieve extended continuous operation. Screen also plans to develop a new model of its Skid autoloader, which is able to deliver a larger number of uniformly sized plates.

The whole system can be linked to Tust Network Service, the company’s sophisticated online maintenance support service, helping to ensure trouble-free operation.

Screen CtP thermal platesetters are available through plate suppliers such as Fujifilm, WRH Global/Xingraphics and, for flexographic CtP, Jet Technologies. The company will be at PrintEx 2019, Sydney August 13-16 on stand B08.

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