SCREEN GP Australia has announced the upcoming new series of VLF16-page Ultima 16000N Platesetters.
The new PlateRite Ultima 1600N models bring the energy-saving, productivity and dot quality of the PlateRite 8900 8-up CtP series, into the VLF size. Three speed variations follow the ‘Z, S and E’ suffixes of the 8900 series, with an impressive top speed of 42 plates per hour on the Z model at 1420 x 1180mm maximum size.
“Although it’s a VLF CtP, it can also produce four-up, six-up and eight-up plate sizes,” says Screen GP managing director Peter Scott. “A small plate option will enable 450 x 370mm plate sizes to be produced. For packaging work on oversize presses, this versatility is a big advantage. The same can be said where a 16-page web press is used alongside sheetfed machines. With the addition of the MA-L16000N II multi-cassette autoloader system, a total of up to 450 plates can be supplied automatically which greatly extends the length of continuous operation, boosting productivity and reducing handling.”
All Ultima platesetters are equipped with the latest GLV (grating light valve) imaging heads, creating major improvements in the optical system. The heads produce significantly more uniform light distribution while a high-precision auto-focus mechanism allows the output of SCREEN’s proprietary Spekta 2 hybrid screening and Randot X 20 (20 μm) FM screening for excellent dynamic range and detail. PlateRite Ulima 1600N-Z models feature 1,024 imaging heads while the S (29 plates per hour) and E (17 plates per hour) models have 512.
Energy use during operation has been reduced by up to 55%, with standby energy reduction reduced by up to 83%. An online maintenance support package, known as TRUST, is nearing completion and will ensure the CtP systems remain in optimal condition at all times 24/7.
“Although CtP is a mature market, as the world’s leading manufacturer, Screen will continue fulfilling its development responsibilities to our CtP customers and dealers,” says Scott. “The new PlateRite Ultima 1600N series and support system is a good example of this.”