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Paper  | Agfa Graphics, Mortsel, Belgium  | 22 January 2015

Tech paper - Azura TE

Bringing direct-on-press close(st) to the latitude of a conventional printing plate

As the market moves to shorter and shorter print runs, litho printers have to compete against digital printers with shorter runs and faster response times. To do so effectively means cutting out production steps and reducing time to press. Here direct-on-press plates have a huge role to play.

There is no processing step, no processor to maintain, and plates deliver true litho quality. However, the compromise with direct-on-press plates has always been about image contrast, image latency and the risk of plates running blind. Agfa Graphics' new Azura TE plate has been developed with this part of the market in mind and addresses these issues. It delivers a high contrast image that is daylight safe, that runs clean after a few revolutions and that delivers the same image quality as a conventional plate. The direct-on-press plate has come of age.

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