Xitron, a leading independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital and high-speed inkjet printing, has now shipped more than 4,500 units of its Screen Interface Kit. The interface allows PT-R owners to use any RIP or workflow they choose when driving their computer-to-plate (CTP) system. There are more than 20,000 Screen CTP engines installed worldwide, which means that Xitron technology has driven nearly one quarter of them at one time or another. They’re often sold with new PT-R installations, but the engine is just as popular on the second-hand market. This is where a Xitron interface is essential because it allows such an easier integration, said the company.
“All installation scenarios are covered when our USB interface is used,” said Karen J. Crews, President of Xitron. “We have customers who want to buy a Screen PT-R but keep their current workflow, and we also have PT-R owners who want to switch RIP and workflow software, but keep their PT-R. Our interface makes both situations possible.”
The Screen Interface Kit is capable of driving all of the PIF-based platesetters, including the 4000, 6000, and 8000 series engines as well as the large-format Ultima 16000, 24000, 32000, 36000, and 40000 systems. All similar engines branded for companies like Fujifilm and Agfa are also supported. Coupled with Xitron’s Navigator RIP, the interface becomes an economical option for anyone considering the purchase of a used or re-manufactured PT-R.
Driving CTP devices from Agfa, ECRM, Creo, Kodak, Presstek, Heidelberg, Fujiflm and Screen, Xitron helps customers who want to maximize their investments by extending the life of their prepress systems, the company added.