Agfa launches Avatar V-ZH pre­heat-free chem­istry-free vi­o­let plate

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Eleven years af­ter the launch of the rst chem-free vi­o­let news­pa­per CtP plate, Agfa Graph­ics launches Avatar V-ZH, which does not re­quire pre-heat­ing, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

e Avatar V-ZH plate re­quires no pre-heat­ing unit, which re­duces print­ers’ capex and en­ergy con­sump­tion while gain­ing them oor space, the com­pany says.

Avatar V-ZH works with all vi­o­let CtP units in use at news­pa­per print sites across the world, the com­pany says. Dur­ing ex­po­sure, the vi­o­let-laser diode trig­gers the poly­mer­iza­tion of the im­age area. e plate is gummed in the clean-out unit with a ded­i­cated gum, which re­moves the soft, un­ex­posed non-im­age ar­eas in an easy and clean way.

“Vi­o­let-laser tech­nol­ogy makes up the ma­jor­ity of the news­pa­per mar­ket,” said Rainer Kirschke, mar­ket man­ager news­pa­pers for Agfa Graph­ics. “We have a world­wide base of cus­tomers who have been us­ing our vi­o­let chem-free plates for more than a decade. Dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Avatar V-ZH we care­fully lis­tened to their re­marks, and we made every e ort to bring max­i­mum eco­nomic and eco­log­i­cal bene ts to their pro­duc­tion.”

e plate will make its global de­but at the IFRA World Pub­lish­ing Expo 2018 in Ber­lin in Oc­to­ber and will be avail­able world­wide early in the fourth quar­ter of 2018..

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