The Great (Digital) Plate Debate
Lithostar Ultra: Positive-working aluminum plates engineered for compatibility with all major visible-light imaging technologies. Available in three models: Lithostar Ultra LAP-V (violet-sensitive/410 nm), Lithostar Ultra LAP-O (orthochromatic/488 nm and 532 nm), and Lithostar Ultra LAP-R (red-sensitive/650 to 670 nm). Also for use in Agfa's new violet-laser Agfa Galileo VS and Galileo VXT.
Agfa N91: A negative-working aluminum plate designed for use in visible-light (488 and 532 nm) platesetting systems, including the Agfa Polaris family. Designed for high performance over long runs, Agfa N91 achieves dots of 2 to 98 percent at 175 lpi, and enables press runs of 300,000-plus impressions, unbaked, to more than 1 million impressions.
LiteSpeed: A rewritable, spray-on image, currently in development. Based on the Thermolite technology, LiteSpeed is a chemical coating applied on-press to a metal substrate (the plate) and imaged, then removed and resprayed for more imaging.
Thermostar: Agfa's no-bake thermal product prints up to 500,000 impressions, while eliminating the pre-baking and manufacturing steps.
Kodak Polychrome Graphics
No-process plate: A thermal, negative-working plate that can be exposed digitally on a thermal external or internal drum equipped with a debris-removal/filtration system. This plate is capable of runs up to 50,000, features wide ink/water latitude on press and does not require preheat, development, gumming or baking.
CTP1: Demonstrated with the Thermal Printing Plate/830, this all-in-one, Compact Thermal Processesing System (CTP1) is an integrated equipment and chemistry system, including a preheat module, thermal plate processor and optional post-baking rinse gum unit (quick bake unit).
Aries Excel: A positive-working plate for medium- to long-runs: 150,000 unbaked or up to 600,000 baked.
Thermal Waterless Plate: Bringing thermal imaging to waterless litho printers, this plate can handle runs of up to 200,000.
UP3: A positive plate developed to work with UV and metallic inks and UV varnishes and washes; compatible with both fine conventional and stochastic screens.