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Agfa launches 4-up violet chem-free CTP, updates :Apogee workflow

Apr 9, 2010 12:00 AM


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Agfa Graphics (www.agfa.com) (Mortsel, Belgium; Ridgefield Park, NJ) announces the launch of a new 4-up violet chemistry-free CTP system designed to help small to midsize commercial printers eliminate plate production errors, reduce waste and water usage, and lower maintenance requirements.

The full system includes an :Avalon V4 CTP engine (36 pph at 1200 dpi with 175 lpi), :Azura V (violet) chem-free plates and a dedicated clean-out unit (:VCF85). Existing photopolymer processors can be adapted to serve as clean-out units. The :Avalon V4 is available in a semi-automatic as well as a daylight working, fully automatic configuration.

The new chemistry-free system is built for commercial printers that use up to 10.000 sq m/year of plates on smaller presses (4-up) with jobs of 150 to 200 lpi. It reportedly delivers high productivity and reliability at the quality level of 4-up thermal systems but at a significantly lower cost.

Because :Azura V plates are not chemically processed, all conventional processing variables are eliminated. The :Azura V plates are cleaned out with gum and do not require extra rinsing water.

The system will be exhibited at Ipex and commercially available in the third quarter of 2010.

At Ipex, Agfa will release :Apogee 7. The new version of the :Apogee workflow management suite includes :Apogee Impose, an Agfa-developed imposition module that relies on live job information rather than templates to perform imposition. In addition, :Apogee 7 allows print buyers to go beyond the web-to-print screen to create new jobs in the prepress stage with WebApproval. The new version of :Apogee also includes APPE 2.5, Adobe’s latest version of its native PDF renderer. :Apogee 7 also allows printing companies that have digital inkjet printing capabilities to manage file distribution to different printers with their own specific application.

Agfa will demonstrate :Apogee 7 at Ipex and will hold a User Group Conference May 23rd at its Ipex booth.