Kodak has announced an optional Single Cassette Unit for its platesetters to allow automated plate loading and unloading of up to 240 plates with slip sheet removal and automatic plate rotation. This will work with the Q400, Q800 and News Trendsetter models, as well as the T400 and T800 Achieve platesetters.
Kodak says this will lead to a greater level of automation and up to seven and a half hours uninterrupted operation.
The new cassette unit is compatible with the Sonora processless plates. It has a compact footprint of 2.33 m x 2.80 m x 1.86 m and shares the same engine and unload table as the platesetter. It is currently available in controlled sales production environments with wider global availability later this year.