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