At the International Graphic Arts Show this week, Agfa Graphics debuted its :Azura TS System, which is aimed at the high-volume user.
The :Azura TS System combines the company's Avalon N8-80 XT platesetter with the new :Azura Ultima high-capacity clean-out unit. The combo is designed to process Agfa's :Avalon and :Azura chemistry-free plates, which are based on its ThermoFuse technology and will process 40,000 m2 of plates a year.
"The :Azura system now also responds to the needs of larger, high-volume printers," said Ralph Hilsdon, Head of Product Marketing at Agfa Graphics. "We can comfortably say that no other manufacturer can offer this level of productivity, quality, and environmental benefit with one solution. Moreover, in combination with Agfa Graphics' :Apogee workflow and the :Sublima cross-modulated (XM) screening, it outperforms any other solution in the market on speed, ease of use, and process stability."
According to Agfa, the new N8-80XT has a standby mode which saves 88 percent on power consumption without compromising productivity. The Ultima clean-out unit also generates "a fraction" of the waste of comparable systems and requires no water connection.