Adamas

A robust pre-heat-free, chem-free printing plate with outstanding performance for demanding newspaper market and commercial printing applications – based on patented ThermoLink technology.

Adamas

Overview

Expect supreme image quality, productivity and versatility with a minimal ecological footprint– discover Adamas, Agfa Graphics’ robust pre-heat-free, chem-free photopolymer printing plate.

Unique in its class, Adamas combines an image quality of 240 lpi Sublima, a run length of up to 350,000 revolutions with predictable, low dot gain and compatibility with most thermal platesetters on the market, as well as the Adamas clean-out unit.

A versatile diamond in the rough, this plate covers a wide range of applications in both newspaper printing (e.g. thermal computer-to-plate printing) and commercial printing (e.g. web and sheetfed printing, including conventional UV, and low-power UV inks).

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Key Benefits

  • Patented ThermoLink technology provides robustness, high image quality and optimal press performance.
  • Run lengths of up to 350,000 copies (30,000 copies with UV inks)
  • Designed to cover an extensive range of demanding applications, from newspaper to commercial printing
  • Daylight safety with an imaging resolution of up to 240 lpi Sublima
  • Compatible with most thermal platesetters on the market
  • No ablation control required
  • High-sensitive, high-contrast, chem-free printing plate

Features

Razor-sharp results

Adamas provides photorealistic image quality up to 240 lpi Sublima screening, depending on your platesetter type. Its protective overcoat prevents oxidation and eliminates ablation, guaranteeing durability and low maintenance.

Productivity made simple

A highly-sensitive printing plate, Adamas is designed to handle print runs of up to 350,000 copies. It combines fast, accurate and wide-latitude plate exposure with simple processing and robustness.

Robust and durable 

Adamas allows for conventional and low-power UV printing (with a run length of up to 30,000 revolutions) and can handle even abrasive substrates like boards. Its highlight dots are tough enough to offer a high-quality press performance even on the longest press runs.

Optimal convenience

While Adamas’ scratch-resistant surface allows for easy handling, its strong image contrast supports simple visual inspection and quality control, ensuring plates are mounted on press correctly and costly mistakes are prevented.

ECO³ innovation

Adamas is a prime example of our ECO³ philosophy, needing very few concentrated chemicals – especially when combined with the Adamas COU clean-out series. The result? Decreased waste production, less disposal costs and a safer work environment.

Patented ThermoLink technology

As a cutting-edge photopolymer plate, Adamas is based on Agfa Graphics’ patented ThermoLink technology. Thanks to the ThermoLink technology, the plate compounds are cross-linked without pre-heating, resulting in robustness, high image quality and optimal press performance. This swift polymerization proces also ensures a predictable, low dot gain, making Adamas similar to a linear plate. 

Applications

From thermal computer-to-plate newspaper applications to commercial sheetfed UV printing – Adamas covers a wide range of demanding print applications. Thanks to its robustness, the plate is perfect for newspaper printing. If you don’t need such high productivity, however, Adamas’ sensitivity will instead guarantee an extremely long laser lifespan.

  • Coldset applications: newspaper, books, inserts etc.
  • Heatset applications: magazines, catalogs, books, flyers etc.
  • Sheetfed applications: compatible with conventional and low-power curing UV inks
ECO³

ECO³

Agfa Graphics is committed to sustainable innovation that focuses on ecology, economy, and extra convenience—or ECO³. Our hardware, software and consumables make your prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to operate and maintain. The ultimate goal? More value for your entire printing business!

Technical Specs

Plate characteristics

Technology

Chemistry-free ThermoLink technology

Substrate

High-quality grained and anodized aluminum

Spectral sensitivity

830 nm thermal

Energy

90 mJ/cm²

Platesetter compatibility

Accredited for most common 830 nm external drum platesetters

Image contrast

Excellent. The plates can be measured with all available densitometers and plate readers.

Plate sizes

Length: 289-1500 mm

Width: 400-2100 mm

Gauges

0.15-0.40 mm (0.006-0.016”)

Resolution

AM 240 lpi

Applications

Web, sheetfed UV and low-power UV inks

Run length

Up to 350,000

Up to 30,000 in UV

Cleaning out

Developer

none

Clean-out gum

Adamas gum

Replenishment rate

67 ml/m² and 67 ml/h (ready-to-use)

Bath life

3,000 m²

Finisher

Unifin

Clean-out unit

Adamas 85 COU & Adamas 125 COU

Environment

Light conditions

Daylight

Room conditions (T, RH)

18-24 °C (64-75 °F), < 70% RH

Storage conditions

Below 32 °C (90 °F), <70% RH

Availability

North America

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