basysPrint UV-Setter generation upgrade

basysPrint, a division of Punch Graphix, has prepared a special treat for visitors to the forthcoming Drupa: New UV-Setters 450 and 850 with laser exposure technology for 4 up and 8 up applications. With these systems, the inventor of UV-CtP offers the market an exemplary product incorporating the very latest in UV exposure technologies.

The new UV-Setters 450 and 850 guarantee ultimate flexibility with regard to operating speed, plate handling, format range and punching options. The exposure speed can be configured individually on the basis of high-performance diode modules (DSI³), enabling plate throughput rates to be more than doubled. The modular design places no restrictions on the diversity of automation solutions. Numerous variants are possible to augment the basic models in four- or eight-page format, for example with Single Cassette Automation (SCA) or fully automatic Multi-Cassette Automation (MCA). The UV-Setters expose all UV sensitive plates for all types of printing press, and are fitted with an integrated punch, which provides for fast, reliable and register-accurate customer-specific punching before exposure. Alternatively, it is possible to work with 3-point plate alignment.

Stability and speed thanks to the DSI³ modules

The exposure units of the latest basysPrint UV-Setters 450 and 850 are based on the proven DSI³ technology with high-performance diode modules. As a result, the UV platesetters become an interesting option for both large and small companies. Unlike other CtP systems, basysPrint uses modules which combine the light output of several diodes installed separately from the exposure head. A compensator bundles the energy and delivers it via fiber optics to the DMD. It is normally not necessary to replace DSI³ modules over the whole service life of the UV-Setter. A constant light output level is maintained within the modules by way of their APC (Automatic Power Control) circuitry. The DSI³ basysPrint systems are characterized by a permanently high degree of stability, even without further calibration. Upon request, UV-Setters can also be supplied in traditional lamp versions, above all as an option for companies with a very low plate consumption or for newcomers to the world of CtP.

Focus on modularity

The automation solutions of the UV-Setter 450 and 850 systems implement the wealth of experience gathered by the company in the newspaper industry, transferring the benefits of proven reliability and productivity to the commercial sector. In line with individual needs, the user can choose between manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic versions with single or multiple cassettes, automatic slip sheet removal and press-ready punching. Various automation modules can also be retrofitted as upgrades to a system already installed on the customer's premises at any later date.

The first level of full automation is the SCA version (Single Cassette Automation). This UV-Setter holds up to 100 plates of a particular format in a storage cassette. Further plate formats can be made available by way of an additional trolley. The SCA version can be expanded quickly and inexpensively if the user decides to upgrade to a multi-cassette version. The MCA version (Multi-Cassette Automation) holds a maximum of 500 plates in up to five different plate formats. The SCA and MCA variants both incorporate fully automatic slip sheet removal, and optionally also automatic punching as an option.

Integration or complete solution

Being designed with a flatbed, all versions of the UV-Setters 450 and 850 are able to expose plates of different formats simultaneously. Thanks to the 1-bit TIFF interface, users can freely choose whether to integrate a UV-Setter into an existing workflow system, or to install a dedicated overall solution tailored specifically to individual production requirements.

Ultimate economy

Scarcely any other system on the market is able to match the broad range of plates accepted for exposure on the new UV-Setters: Users enjoy a free choice of both negative and positive plates from practically all manufacturers. Conventional plate technologies have been proven in practical use over many decades, and demand continues to rise. Recent international surveys indicate that conventional plates have a current market share significantly above 50%. The plates are light- and temperature-resistant, insensitive to scratches and available worldwide at unbeatable prices. Through the use of conventional UV-sensitive plates, the low costs for chemistry and disposal, the simple integration into an existing workflow system and its customer-specific configuration, the UV-Setter represents the most economical system of all!

With a UV-Setter 450 or 850 and conventional UV-sensitive plates, printers can be confident of achieving the maximum possible process and production stability: The square pixels of the basysPrint UV-Setter provide exact reproduction of the image pixels on the plate, while the optimum ink-water balance achieved by the plate itself guarantees edge-sharp transfer onto the substrate. Unbaked negative plates achieve run lengths of 400,000 and more. With a positive plate, this figure can be boosted to over 1.5 million impressions.

"The basysPrint systems combine the benefits of CtP with the unique process and economic advantages of the conventional UV plate technology. Thanks to their modular concept, the new UV-Setters 450 and 850 can be tailored precisely to individual requirements. Hence, they are also the ideal digital exposure system for high-end users. The systems implement the manifold strengths of both newspaper automation solutions and basysPrint's proven DSI³ exposure technology, ensuring unrivalled stability and cost efficiency in production," says Punch Graphix CEO Wim Deblauwe. The systems are being presented at Drupa and are available with immediate effect through the worldwide network of Punch Graphix dealers.

About basysPrint

basysPrint, a division of Punch Graphix, is the inventor of UV-CtP and has been offering internationally proven systems for the digital exposure of conventional UV printing plates for more than 10 years. These systems are characterised by a high level of economic efficiency for print companies of all sizes. Through the use of UV plates, users are able to benefit from a stable and environment-friendly production process delivering ultimate imaging quality. Detailed information is to be found at:

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