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Print Solutions
Securing a solid Screen footprint
Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Since August 2011, Kemtek Printing Solutions has successfully installed 14 new Screen PlateRite FX flexo CtP systems into a variety of leading printing firms such as Johannesburg-based Universal Labels and KB Labels and Cape Town’s SA Litho and Rotolabel, to name just a few.

‘Kemtek’s leading market position in the local flexo CtP and consumables arena speaks volumes about why we’re so successful with the Screen brand,’ comments Kevin Naidu, national technical manager - flexo polymer. ‘Besides the consistency and reliability of the Screen range, we’re delivering trustworthy advice and assistance and all-encompassing printing expertise. What sets us apart is our passion for what we do and the brands we represent. We’re constantly challenging ourselves to do things better.’

Globally, Screen has retained the leading position in commercial printing, flexo and news solution CtP systems for more than five years. There’s an excellent reason for this, explains Gordon Smith, national packaging and export manager: ‘The overwhelming benefit of Screen’s CtP portfolio has to be its ease-of-use, high performance standard features,’ he states. ‘In short, any Screen unit can be integrated into a printing concern’s existing prepress and print equipment line-up with absolute minimum fuss.’

Premium quality standard features
Screen provides excellent value for money with a ‘full house’ of top-class standard features. From the smaller FX870II up to the larger-sized FX1524 and FX1200, all units convert LEN and TIFF output files and are compatible with any RIP (raster image processor) on the market today. Each model also supports a maximum output resolution of 4 800 dpi.  
‘Screen machines indeed offer converters the highest resolution and productivity, most importantly delivering top-quality plates that are in perfect register,’ states Gordon.

Other key features include a multi-channel laser diode, which is a long-life, reliable, high-powered laser for imaging the black mask layer of resin plates. Sharp relief patterns can be created on this ultra-modern set-up, offering superior reproduction of fine lines and white knockout text.

Also included are both highlight relief patterns and shadow cut-outs, for accurate minimum and maximum halftone dot sizes. This increases quality from the highlights to the shadows across a wide range of image densities.

Additionally, there’s a time-saving button-operated efficient loading mechanism, with leading and trailing edge clamps and a manual plate loading option as well, so the operator can choose the optimal plate loading procedure depending on the size of plate being used.

Units also come complete with high-end Spekta 2 AM/FM screening and Flexo Dot, specifically designed for flexographic printing.

‘Screen's CtP quality is also assured with an accurate inline punching and auto-balancing drum system, supported by patented optics and graphic technology cultivated in scanners and other prepress equipment,’ remarks Gordon.

Delivering beyond expectations
Getting the most out of Screen’s PlateRite systems is top priority and each installation is meticulously coordinated by the Kemtek team according to individual customer requirements. ‘From pre-purchase survey, to determine the type of model required, right down to individual press fingerprinting, we’ll make sure that all bases are covered to achieve the highest printing quality,’ comments Kevin Naidu. ‘Our engineers are well-versed in all aspects of the printing process and understand the vital link between platemaking and producing the a premium quality final product. We always make sure we have an answer for our customers and look after each investment like it’s our own.’

In terms of product guarantees and traceability, converters can rest assured that brand owners get what they’re promised, with full service reports and history logs available as standard for all transactions and maintenance procedures.

Correct product training is also key to the long-term smooth running of any Screen PlateRite machine and this is carried-out in-house by Kevin and other technical staff based at Kemtek branches across South Africa. ‘Every Kemtek technician has received comprehensive Screen training and, combined with know-how in all printing disciplines, can offer thorough on-going staff training. It’s all about building long-standing relationships based on mutual trust and  integrity,’ sums up Kevin.

According to Irefaan Phillips, platemaker at Cape Town-based SA Litho, the Screen FX870ís output has greatly-improved job flow from prepress to the printing stations.
At Universal Labels in Johannesburg, the high-output, larger-format prepress capability of the Screen PlateRite FX1524 platesetter has increased prepress flexibility. Above, with the new PlateRite is operator, Tumelo Mashego.


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