Agfa Graphics at its headquarters in Mortsel, Belgium, launched an addition to its ThermoFuse product line of what the company defines as chemistry-free plates.
The new Azura TU, aimed at the commercial sheetfed printers, is a thermal plate product with a rated run length of 150,000 copies or 10,000 in a UV printing environment. Azura TU holds a daylight resistance of up to 48 hours.
The TU plate works with Agfa’s Azura CX clean-out and a pH-neutral gum for cleaning and protection. Azura CX has a bath life of up to 7000 m².
“Switching from a conventional plate to Azura TU means less waste, less disposal costs, less maintenance, and a safer work environment,” stated Dirk Debusscher, Vice President Prepress, Agfa Graphics. “It also equals water savings of more than 95 percent.”
ThermoFuse technology was first introduced around a decade ago, which, in addition to Azura TU, forms the imaging foundation for Agfa’s Azura TS, Azura Vi, Amigo TS and N94-VCF plates.