Screen to Launch Web-to-Delivery Workflow Print-on-Demand Solutions at drupa
Screen has been manufacturing PlateRite CTP devices for over 10 years and is the world’s leading developer with the largest market share (41.4 percent) and over 17,500 units sold, most still in use. The company offers 26 different highly-automated models spanning four-, six-, eight-, 16-, 24-, 36-, 40- and 48-page formats.
Screen is expanding its range of CTP devices for the flexo packaging industry. It offers the Screen PlateRite FX range of thermal platesetters to image all market-leading solvent and water-wash photopolymer plates for flexo and letterpress applications to the highest 4,800-dpi quality levels.
The packaging industry is an area of increasing opportunity for Screen and it aims to become a significant supplier of flexo and packaging solutions. The open-platform PlateRite FX systems can be integrated with any flexo front-end system, in addition to Screen’s EQUIOS workflow and FlexoDot software, and can be used to create a powerful and flexible imaging solution for flexible packaging, labels, cartons and corrugated packaging applications.
The company remains committed to CTP and, to further strengthen its position, has recently completed a factory in China to manufacture all its 4 and 8-page PlateRite units.
Looking closely at the total print production picture
Supplying POD solutions requires a 360 degree approach and Screen builds close partnerships with customers and third party manufacturers through its Equiosnet partnership to provide complete systems that combine data handling, prepress, printing and finishing. As a result, Screen is opening Solutions Centers in Amsterdam, Chicago and Tokyo this year where the full range of Screen POD equipment will be integrated with partners such as Hunkeler, Horizon and Lasermax Rollsystems to demonstrate profitable print applications.
Says Katsuhiko Aoki: “We are encouraging print firms to take a closer look, not only at the impressive capabilities of Screen’s expert workflow and digital presses, but also at the considerable benefits these can bring to their business in the range of quality, value-added products they can deliver supported by low running and maintenance costs and high environmental credentials.”