Agfa at IPEX will debut the latest generation of its Azura line of chemistry-free plates. Known as the Azura V, the new violet photopolymer plate works with all mainstream violet CTP machines and does not require any traditional photopolymer developer.
Agfa says the Azura V is designed for small- to medium-sized print shops with run lengths of up to 100,000. The Azura V is a plate which operates similar to its ThermoFuse-based Azura thermal plates and employs a pH-neutral gumming process via a clean-out unit or an adapted existing plate processor. According to the company, it does not require extra rinsing water, which contributes to a better ecological footprint.
The plates will be commercially available after IPEX.
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