The high-volume system combines the :Avalon N8-80 XT platesetter, with the new :Azura Ultima, a high-capacity Clean Out Unit (COU) designed to keep pace with Agfa’s new :Avalon, and :Azura TS chem-free plates, based on :Agfa’s patented ThermoFuse technology. The platesetter features a new generation laser imager which improves image quality and throughput.
The system easily handles 40,000 sqm plates a year and offers the benefits of its chem-free :Azura to high-volume users and the COU has been redesigned in keeping with the companys commitment to continually lower environmental impact without sacrificing quality or speed. It offers high-volume users even greater environmental benefits. It is easy to use and maintain, requires no water connection, and generates only a fraction of waste of comparable systems.
The :Azura system now also responds to the needs of larger, high-volume printers, said Ralph Hilsdon, Head of Product Marketing at Agfa Graphics. We can comfortably say that no other manufacturer can offer this level of productivity, quality and environmental benefit with one solution. Moreover, in combination with Agfas :Apogee workflow and the :Sublima cross-modulated (XM) screening it outperforms any other solution in the market on speed, ease of use and process stability.
The new design of the platesetter also took environmental impact into consideration: a new standby mode saves 88% on power consumption without compromising productivity.
The company says the new system clearly positions :Azura as a mainstream technology; it underlines Agfa’s innovative approach towards more sustainability in the printing industry.