AC Print invests in Screen Platerite CTP system

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Commercial printer AC Print has invested in a Screen Platerite 4300S Thermal CTP system to boost its capacity and environmental credentials.

The fully automated device, which has the capacity to output 21 plates per hour, was bought from Rayleigh-based Repro Sales and installed at Torbay, Devon-based AC Print’s premises last month.

The machine has replaced a Python CTO Heights Processor, which has been part-exchanged.

The business is using the chemistry-free Kodak Sonora processless plate with the device, which it said is better for the environment and also produces a better quality plate image.

Director Andy Cousins said: “Already we are seeing the benefits, it is fully automatic and apart from loading plates in the cassette it runs unattended whereas before we spent three or four hours a day making plates manually. This coupled with the benefit of being totally processless is already creating a saving.”

The business also operates a five-colour Komori NL 526 ES litho press, a Xerox DocuColor 260, Canon imagePress C6011 and Canon Océ CS665 digital machines and a Roland DG Versacamm VS-640 large-format device.

It also runs a wide range of finishing equipment including a Polar guillotine, a Duplo System 5000 collator and bookletmaker, a Neopost DS 200 mailing and inserting machine and a Heidelberg Cylinder. In December it installed a Horizon Crossfolder AFC-566 AKT.

AC Print, which has 11 staff, produces a wide variety of general print including business cards, banners, posters, flyers, exhibition graphics, POS and direct mail for customers including retailers, theatres, design agencies and end-users.

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