QUALITY AND VERSATILITY MAKES SUPER LABELS’ SCREEN CTP CHOICE EASY
24th August 2017
SCREEN GP, together with dealer Jet Technologies, has taken Queensland printer into digital platemaking with the installation of the Screen FX870II Flexo/Letterpress/Offset Computer-to-Plate device.
Based at Nerang near the Gold Coast, Super Labels is a family-owned business run by Shane Kuo and offers both digitally-printed labels with its HP Indigo WS6800 seven-colour press, and several conventional presses with UV including a Labelmen International rotary Letterpress. The company prints a broad range of labels including those for the chemical and pharma industries, cosmetics, food & beverage and promotional marketing.
“We understand the need to stay ahead with technology and have progressively digitalised production over recent years,” says Managing Director Shane Kudo. “There is still strong demand for Letterpress, Flexo and Offset printed labels, particularly for longer runs and special converting processes such as coating and varnishing for chemical hazard labels where it is essential that this information on these labels remains readable despite the harsh conditions they are expose to. “
Kuo continues: “The Screen CtP gives us the ability to output the highest resolution digital plates at 4800 dpi, and allows us to produce plates in Letterpress, Flexo, and Offset all on one device. It also gives us the option to produce digital film that can be used in flatbed or rotary screen making. Jet Technologies has always been a great partner for Super Labels and the fact that Screen has local engineers and is the world’s largest producer of CtP, made the decision a relatively easy one.”
Prepress Manager Wayne Maxted comments: “With the use of Screen CtP technology we now have no film and no silver-based chemicals, which improves our environmentally-focused ethics and offers the latest, highest quality digital and conventional label print quality.”
Screen GP Australia Managing Director Peter Scott says: “Jet Technologies has an excellent relationship with Super Labels with their broad range of consumables and services; we are delighted that they chose our PlateRite FX870-II as their CtP and look forward to many years of good service for this growing label printer.”
The FX870-II images at either 2400dpi or the optional 4800dpi to a maximum of 762mm x 870mm (minimum 200 x 200mm). Media thickness up to 2.84mm covers most Flexo and Letterpress photopolymer plates and it will also image metal offset plates and film. Screening can be either AM or Spekta AM/FM hybrid, or FlexoDot or a combination of all these, yielding excellent highlights, detail and colour. Other models in the FX series will image plates in 1200mm and 1524mm widths.
Photo: L-R: Super Labels’ Shane Kuo (MD), Wayne Maxted (Prepress Director) and Gary Shaw.