Scott installs Screen CTP

Scott Print has installed a Screen PlateRite HD PT-R8900N-S CTP device complete with an MA-L8900 autoloader, replacing two older Creo platesetters.


The setup enables three cassettes of up to 100 plates to be loaded automatically for a total of 300 plates, or 500 when adding two extra cassettes.


John Scott, general manager, Scott Print, says, “We have been happy with the performance of the Superia plates, particularly with our UV inks. With the upgrade to the Screen platesetter from Fujifilm, we have greater productivity, increased uptime and higher overall consistency. The support has been outstanding and with the lo-chem Superia ZAC processing system, our chemical and water use is minimal.”


Scott Print has constructed a new plate room as part of its refurbishment of the iconic Aberdeen Street, Perth premises. Bringing printing to full view at the front of the premises, with wide glass expanses, has created a more customer-friendly experience, moving away from the dark arts image of the past.


Dean Metcalfe, prepress manager, Scott Print says, “With the introduction of our new platesetter what we have noticed most is the speed it can output plates, this has dramatically improved on our press downtime. The autoloader also allows us to continue making plates even when the machine is in operation, this is something we could not do in the past. Going from two machines down to one – we now only have one plate processor, this has cut our already-low chemical use almost in half, which further improves on our environmental footprint. Overall we are happy with our new platesetter – there is no looking back now.”


The S model chosen by Scott Print can deliver 48 B1 size plates per hour at 2400dpi. It is capable of 4,000dpi with a high-resolution option.


Scott Print runs Fujifilm Superia LH-PJE plates to feed its two Komori UV presses; an eight-colour B1 Komori G840P featuring H-UV ink curing, and a six-colour B2 Komori S629, also with H-UV.


Screen says it has focused on reducing energy use and its 8-page PlateRite devices consume one-quarter of the energy that a ten-year old machine would. It attributes this to the adoption of 512-channel Grating Light Valves and an 80 per cent reduction in power use when in standby mode.


Scott Print was established in 1978 by Michael and Dudley Scott, who handed the reins over to John and Tim Scott in the early 2000s.

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