Screen's New CTP: PlateRite FX1200

Flexo Plate Digital: Industry News

Screen has launched a new thermal platesetter for the flexo market. The PlateRite FX1200 features Screen’s thermal imaging technology that enables output up to 4800 dpi for high quality production of flexible packaging, labels, cartons and corrugated packaging.

The third model in Screen’s flexo and letterpress range, the PlateRite FX1200 complements the FX870II and FX1524 models and supports all leading makes of plate at sizes from 100 x 100 mm up to 1200 x 1067 mm (47.2 x 42 inches). It can also be upgraded on-site to the larger FX1524 specification of 1524 x 1067 mm (60 x 42 inches), providing a growth path into larger format work.

Featuring the laser and plate loading/unloading technology that Screen’s PlateRite series employs in the offset market, the PlateRite FX1200 offers productivity of up to 4 sqm/hr (flexo; 3.3 sqm/hr at 4800 dpi) and 6.3 sqm/hr (letterpress).

A 4800 dpi output and screen rulings up to 200 lpi is achieved via a newly-developed imaging head and associated optics, using 64 high-power, long-life laser diodes, with a backup mode for continued production in the event of laser failure. This high resolution is said to significantly improve the smoothness of curves and diagonals, while the PlateRite FX1200’s reproduction of fine lines and small text is claimed to be excellent. Gradations appear smooth, especially in the highlights. This is further enhanced by Screen’s FlexoDot screening technology which offers a choice of minimum halftone dot size and shapes, enabling better tonal control and crisper imaging in printed highlights, says the company.

Flexo Plate Digital already have reviewed Screen's CTP but felt it was similar to Esko's CTP without any advanced features.  And the price was not as attractive as it should be as the new entrant to the flexo market.  For those who are new to the industry and it is your first CTP and digital workflow it's a better alternative to Esko's CDI but if you are already using Esko's software or Kodak's it's not an attractive choice since you have to buy Screen's own proprietary software to utilize the machine to the fullest potential.