Scott upgrades prepress and site

Perth based Scott Print is investing in an upgrade in its prepress department, constructing a new plate room at its Aberdeen St premises in the CBD, along with investing in a Screen PlateRite HD PT-R8900N-S CTP device with an MA-L8900 autoloader.

The new set-up allows three cassettes of up to 100 plates to be loaded automatically, for a total of 300 plates, or 500 with the addition of two extra cassettes.

The company says the new Screen PT-R8900N-S replaces two older Creo platesetters, while still delivering increased productivity.

John Scott, joint general manager with cousin Tim Scott says, “We have been happy with the performance of the Superia plates, particularly with our UV inks and now 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.”

The S model chosen by Scott Print is the middle of the PT-R8900N range, delivering up to 48 B1 size plates per hour at 2400dpi. It is capable of 4,000dpi with a high-resolution option.

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Scott Print has been running Fujifilm Superia LH-PJE plates for some time 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.

Dean Metcalfe, prepress manager at Scott says, “With the introduction of our new platesetter what we have noticed most is the speed it can output plates, this has dramatically reduced 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 – 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.”

Scott says the new plate room is at the front of the premises, with wide glass expanses, creating a more customer friendly experience.

The company’s progressive outlook was highlighted at this year’s National Print Awards, with its marketing and business development manager Rio Chard collecting the Media Super Young Executive of the Year and the Environment award.

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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