Agfa Graphics will be extending its patented, ThermoFuse-based prepress system to high-volume printers. The :Azura TS system helps commercial printers to run more efficiently and to reduce their ecological footprint. The :Azura CX125 COU (Clean-out Unit) reduces gum consumption considerably and extends bath life. It is designed to handle plate volumes up to 40,000 m2 per year.
The newest version of Agfa Graphics' award-winning workflow management suite, :Apogee 8 will also be demonstrated. :Apogee 8 features greater connectivity and drives an ever-growing range of digital presses. :Apogee 8 supports 64-bit systems and offers optimized imposition for large volume web printing systems. It will be driving systems live at drupa.
:Apogee StoreFront is a new cloud-based software solution that enables print service providers to market their services and products more efficiently. This web-to-print solution makes it easy to set up online stores for both printed and non-printed products. :Apogee StoreFront is ideally suited for printers who wish to attract a broader audience with additional services. As it is cloud-based, printers do not need to invest in hardware or additional bandwidth.
What's New in Newspaper Publishing?
Agfa Graphics remains committed to helping newspapers produce the best quality printed products while also assisting them to innovate and operate in a digital world.
Agfa Graphics is introducing two new high-speed platesetters for the high-volume newspaper market. The :Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the :Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed), both produce up to 350 printing plates per hour. At drupa, the :Advantage N PL HS will be running live, imaging Agfa Graphics' :N94 VCF chemistry-free violet plates. With a completely new design, it can store more than 6,000 plates configured on two pallets of 3,000 plates each plus an additional cassette, in a fully-automatic setting.
Agfa Graphics will also be demonstrating :Arkitex Eversify. This SaaS (Software as a Service) solution offers newspapers an easy way to convert their print content for mobile digital publishing, without increasing production costs and still providing a rich reading experience. Using HTML5 for the sophisticated reproduction of images, audio, video animation and other content, :Arkitex Eversify enables publishers to deliver their newspapers to a variety of tablet and smart mobile devices easily and with minimal investment.