Automated Pre-press Production Workflows
Pre-press production workflows have benefited greatly from various advancements in technology and automation. As an example of this, let’s talk about the automated workflow possible with the Saati ProCoat Dual Auto Coater and the Douthitt CTS30 wax printer.
In the video below, you can see how we take you through the current darkroom set up here at Ryonet, which is equipped with a Saati ProCoater, Douthitt CTS30 wax printer, and a Ryonet CFX exposure unit. The process starts with coating the screens on the ProCoater, which can have up to two screens clamped in at the same time. Depending on the settings, an operator can coat between 400 to 500 screens in an 8-hour shift.
Once the newly coated screens are finished drying, then it’s on to the Douthitt CTS30 wax printer. An incredible piece of equipment, the CTS30 prints directly onto your screen, completely eliminating your need for film, as well as the associated labor and supplies. The time it takes to print simply depends on the design you choose.
Then, it’s time for exposure and image washout! In our set up, we use the Ryonet CFX exposure unit that has been configured for the CTS30 unit. On the CFX exposure unit, with Green Galaxy CryoCoat emulsion, and no glass in order to accommodate the wax ink on the screen, the exposure time is a mere 5 seconds.
Soak your screen for about thirty seconds after exposure to loosen the wax from the emulsion, and experience the easiest washout you’ve ever performed!
Automating your pre-press production workflow enables you to increase your production, and use valuable labor hours in other areas of your business. Check out the video below for a closer look at Ryonet’s automated darkroom workflow. If you want a more in-depth look at the CTS30 and the Saati ProCoater, check out their videos as well!