Agfa's (Booth 1227) :Azura Vi, being launched at GRAPH EXPO 2011. It is Agfa’s first violet chemistry-free photopolymer offset plate designed for commercial applications in North America. :Azura Vi is sensitized for visible lasers emitting at 405nm and works with all mainstream violet imagers with a 30mW (or greater) laser. First shipments are planned for the 4th quarter of 2011.
Based on proven photopolymer technology, :Azura Vi combines outstanding lithographic quality with ease of use, excellent stability and ecology. The image is sharp and durable. It’s ideal for eco-conscious commercial printers looking to reduce their cost of ownership without compromising quality or long-run durability on press.
After the exposure process, the plate is gummed and the unexposed image area is completely removed. Because :Azura Vi is a chemistry-free plate, there is no need for developer, eliminating one of the primary variables affecting image consistency. There is no water required other than for processor maintenance, further reducing waste and disposal costs.
:Azura Vi is designed for a wide range of high-quality commercial sheet-fed applications with run lengths up to 150,000 impressions. :Azura Vi’s advanced electrochemical graining and anodized substrate yield the reliability and durability needed on press for long run, quality printing.