PlateRite Ultima 48000SD/SX

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Thermal Plate Recorder

Maximize the productivity of your large-format web offset press with a CtP recorder that supports the world’s largest plates In recent years, the publishing and printing industries have been striving to achieve efficient production of varied products with faster turnarounds. The ability to create plates with multiple impositions that allow the simultaneous printing of several different printed products has increased interest in the use of super-large-format web offset printing presses, which can print large volumes quickly.

The PlateRite Ultima 48000 and PlateRite Ultima 40000 multi-format thermal plate recorders were created to meet the needs of users who want to take full advantage of the super-large format. The PlateRite Ultima 48000 can image onto a variety of plate sizes, up to and including the world’s largest plates, which measure 2,900 x 1,350 mm—big enough for 96 A4-size pages. This makes the PlateRite Ultima 48000 the ideal CtP recorder for use with super-large-format web offset presses, which are expected to become common in the future.

The PlateRite Ultima 40000 features a space-saving design, but is still capable of output onto plates up to 2,280 x 1,600 mm—big enough for 80 A4-size pages.

Advanced 1,024-channel GLV imaging head a technology that enhances productivity

GLV™ (Grating Light Valve™) technology employs production techniques used in semiconductor manufacturing. A GLV™ array consists of thousands of microscopic reflective ribbons placed over a silicon chip. These ribbons can be moved up or down to reflect or diffract an imaging laser targeted at the array, simultaneously turning on and off a high number of optical channels.

Screen uses its tried-and-true laser control   technology to precisely target a high-power laser at the GLV™ array, which makes it possible for the flagship 48000SX and 40000SX models to simultaneously control 1,024 channels of light. This significantly increases the width of the area that can be imaged with each rotation of the drum and contributes too much higher productivity.

Higher productivity with dual plate loading

The advanced PlateRite Ultima large-format platesetters can image two plates together on the drum. In other words, these platesetters are perfect for imaging not only large-format plates but also pairs of smaller plates together. Imaging pairs of plates increases productivity, since plates need to be loaded and unloaded fewer times.

Automatic inline plate punching for extremely high registration accuracy

The PlateRite Ultima series features an automatic inline punching system that helps enable perfect registration on press. Plates are punched by this automatic inline punching system immediately before being loaded onto the drum. The registration punch holes ensure consistent plate placement on the drum, when used in conjunction with standard registration pins. This helps eliminate imaging variations caused by improper plate placement, and results in superior registration accuracy.

When optional press punch blocks are used (up to 10 punch blocks can be mounted and selected according to plate size and press type), the imaged plates can be loaded directly onto the press after output. The use of press punch blocks during plate output eliminates the need for manual punching later on in the workflow, ensures excellent registration accuracy, and creates the foundation for perfect results on press. It also dramatically shortens press make-ready time and improves press operating ratios, for even better overall productivity.

Automated plate loading

Mounting larger and heavier large-size plates not only taxes the operator but also reduces the efficiency of the CtP production line, since the use of larger plates increases the risk of damage to plates when cassettes are loaded, and more time is required for loading operations. Automatic plate loading is critical to ensuring dependable CtP operations when using large-size plates.

The PlateRite Ultima 48000 and PlateRite Ultima 40000 can be installed with the optional SA-L 48000 Skid, SA-L 36000 Skid, or MA-L 40000 automatic plate loaders, all of which feature the PlateRite series’ renowned plate transport technology. These automatic plate loaders make it possible to create a fully automated production line.

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