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New Thermal Plate

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

New Thermal Plate

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At the WAN-IFRA show in Frankfurt, Germany last fall, Kodak presented systems and solutions for newspaper and semi-commercial newspaper printers, including the introduction of a no-preheat newspaper plate. The firm's research and development has focused on the advantages of thermal over violet technology, with the former addressing environmental issues as well as enhanced sustainability through low chemistry and true process-free production. Leading the way is the new Sonora News Process Free Plate, which enables the complete elimination of plate-processing equipment and processing chemistry.

As the only process-free plates specifically designed for newspaper applications, they help save time and money, and reduce environmental impact compared to violet plates and even chemistry-free plates. While violet plates require a preheat step, some sort of processing equipment, and chemistry, and have special plate handling conditions, press-ready technology enables the Sonora News Plates to remove all sources of potential variability, so printers can count on more stable, consistent plates for reliable quality. Running on the Generation News Platesetter, Sonora News Plates image at up to 240 plates per hour--fast enough even for some larger newspaper operations. …

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