At Graph Expo this week, Agfa announced a new addition to its :Energy plate line. The new :Energy Xtra is a positive working thermal plate that offers runs up to 600,000 impressions without baking and longer when baked. The company calls the :Energy Xtra a highly-durable, all-purpose plate. That plate does not require pre-heat or post-baking, which reduces plate-making time and energy.
"The new :Energy Xtra is an example of Agfa Graphics' continued effort to respond to customer needs and to bring new and innovative solutions to market," said Tim Van den Bossche, Vice President Global Marketing and Strategy at Agfa Graphics. "For those printers with very particular press conditions and long runs, our no-bake solution truly simplifies plate-making and offers a more sustainable solution, an important advantage over other plates that require baking."
The plate can print 1-99% dot at 200 lpi AM, 20 micron FM and :Sublima 200 lpi XM screening. The :Energy Xtra will be available in early 2013.