CTP--The Digital DRUPA
The Javelin runs the Fujifilm Brillia LH-PI series of non-prebake, non-postbake thermal plates at full speed (1,000 rpm).
Screen will put the international spotlight on its four-up PlateRite 4000 thermal plate recorder, the latest launch following Screen's eight-up PlateRite 8000. Sporting a high-speed drum rotation speed of up to 1,000 rpm, combined with a 32-channel laser diode exposure head, the PlateRite 4000 can produce 16 plates per hour at 2,400 dpi.
The PlateRite 4000, naturally, is compatible with Screen's TaigaSPACE automated job workflow system. Though a semi-automatic configuration is now offered with the PlateRite 4000, there may be single and multiple cassette auto-loaders and a processor bridge on hand at DRUPA 2000.
Xitron recently announced new RIP interfaces for the Fuji Sumo, Luxel F9000 and Javelin 8000, as well as for the Screen PlateRite 4000/8000 and Tanto 5120 (DT-R5120) digital platesetters. All of these interfaces are available on Xitron's Navigator NT RIP, which is based on the Harlequin core RIP.
The interface offers full support of intensity, neutral density, filter and punch control, media handling and reporting from the RIP. Xitron's full-featured RIP offers PDF support, error handling, reporting and recovery, and optional In-RIP trapping.
In other news, Xitron recently announced an OEM partnership with Escher-Grad Technologies. This agreement allows Xitron to package Cobalt 8, the market's first violet laser diode (VLD) platesetter, with a Xitron RIP. The package is called the Xitron Cobalt CTP System.
Optronics will, no doubt, have a thermal focus at the international show, with the company's Aurora ThermalSetter on display.
Purup-Eskofot will show its ImageMaker CTP Thermal system, which features an imaging area of 32.2x42.5˝ or 24.4x31˝.
But Wait, There's More . . .
Of course, this is just a hint at what the platesetter market has in store for DRUPA 2000. Many more companies will be making big announcements, and enhancing the available technologies for putting ink on paper.