Screen has broadened its flexo/letterpress platesetter range with entry-level PlateRite FX870IIE thermal CtP engine specifically designed for print service providers looking to enter the growing sticker and label printing markets.

Combining production-level plate throughput with imaging resolutions up to 4,800dpi, the PlateRite FX870IIE addresses the industry need for high-quality flexo/letterpress print output but at a reduced cost of ownership.

The PlateRite FX870IIE offers the same high-quality output and resolution, plus features such as the ability to optionally image thermal offset plates, as the established PlateRite FX870II CtP device. Productivity is set at about half that of the FX870II, enabling the FX870IIE to image flexo plates at a rate of 2sqm/hour (approximately four 762 x 635mm plates per hour) depending on plate sensitivity. Plates can be loaded in any size from 100 x 100mm up to 870 x 762mm without any additional handling or masking of the drum required.

The PlateRite FX870IIE features a multi-channel, high-power laser diode imaging printhead offering an output resolution of 2400dpi up to a maximum of 4800dpi as a standard feature, delivering outstanding reproduction of very small characters and fine lines and greatly reducing “jaggies” on diagonal lines and curves. The new machine also supports Screen’s Flexo Dot screening, specifically designed to improve the highlight areas in flexo and letterpress printing. Flexo Dot also provides a greater range of gradation, as the minimum halftone dot shape can be selected from three available types to suit the specifics of the highlight printing according to the platemaking environment and the inks and media. Together, these features combine into a cost-effective CtP engine capable of delivering top-quality printing combing the smooth gradations and high densities only possible from flexo printing.