The company has broadened its thermal flexo platesetter range with the new PlateRite FX1200, which features the company’s proven 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 the companys flexo and letterpress range, the platesetter complements the successful 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.

Our policy of continuous innovation and refinement meets the diverse needs of our customers, said Carlo Sammarco, European Business Manager, Packaging Solutions, Screen. With the addition of the FX1200, we continue to strengthen our digital flexo range to provide quality, productivity and ease-of-use, together with the flexibility to upgrade conveniently to a larger format as and when the business demands it, and without major reinvestment.

Featuring the laser and plate loading/unloading technology that has made Screen’s PlateRite series a world-leader in the offset market, the FX1200 offers outstanding print quality with superior tonal reproduction from highlights through to shadows. High productivity of up to 4 sqm/hr (flexo; 3.3 sqm/hr at 4800 dpi) and 6.3sqm/hr (letterpress) ensures that the FX1200’s throughput matches its quality in demanding production environments.

A 4800 dpi output and screen rulings up to 200 lpi is achieved accurately and reliably 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 highest available resolution on the market significantly improves the smoothness of curves and diagonals, and the FX1200’s reproduction of fine lines and small text is outstanding. 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.

To further improve productivity, the platesetter features an easy-to-operate clamp system for holding the leading and trailing edges of maximum-size plates that makes loading simple and efficient. Smaller plates can be loaded easily and reliably without having to mask the rest of the drum.

The FX1200 can be driven from any of Screen’s workflows and also accepts 1-bit TIFF input from any other source.