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Agfa launches new thermal 8-up CTP system

Apr 13, 2010 12:00 AM


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Agfa Graphics (Mortsel, Belgium; Ridgefield Park, NJ) announces the availability of a more environmentally friendly and more productive version of the company’s :Avalon N8 thermal CTP system. The new :Avalon N8 system, combined with Agfa’s chemistry-free :Azura TS ThermoFuse based-plates and :Sublima, Agfa’s patented cross-modulated (XM) screening technology, delivers high plate production predictability, on-press performance and high-quality image reproduction.

The new system, designed primarily for 8-up commercial offset printers, will make its debut on the Agfa stand at Ipex 2010 in May.

With the new :Avalon N8, :Azura TS plates run 50% faster with increased image contrast. The :Azura TS thermal plates use a simple process via a clean-out unit (COU), making plates press-ready without chemical processing. With :Azura TS, water consumption and waste are considerably reduced.

The addition of :Sublima, which combines the strengths of FM and AM screening, gives users the ability to significantly raise print image quality to consistently produce stunning output without sacrificing pressroom productivity.

The new :Avalon N8 system also features an improved air filter system and the cooling unit’s energy consumption has been reduced.