The SONORA XP Process Free Plate from Kodak (Booth 831) is a thermal plate that requires no processing equipment or chemistry. It uses Kodak’s press ready technology to enable a printer to go directly from platesetter to press with no intermediary processing or clean out step. The plate offers fast imaging speeds with laser energy required of 150 mJ/cm2 on KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Devices, so printers can take advantage of the maximum throughput capability of their platesetter in most cases. The plate is capable of run lengths up to 200K impressions on heatset and commercial coldset web presses, 100K impressions on sheetfed presses, 50K impressions for non-UV offset packaging applications and 10K impressions for UV-ink applications. The plates also offer high-quality 20-micron FM screening capability on KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Devices and AM screening of 1-99% at 200 lpi.
Kodak’s unique press ready technology uses the basic principles, mechanics and components of lithographic printing to clean out the plate. During the startup of the press, the fountain solution prepares the un-imaged coating to be physically removed from the plate by the tack and shear of the ink. The coating is transferred from the plate to the blanket and then onto the makeready sheets within the first few sheets.
With SONORA XP Plates, in almost all cases, a printer’s current press setups, sequences, inks, fountain solutions, and blankets can be used successfully. Press ready technology also works with integrated and non integrated conventional and continuous dampening systems and for printers with automatic startup sequences.