Avatar T-CF

Unique in its class, Avatar T-CF is a non-ablative chem-free thermal printing plate that does not require pre-heating and offers outstanding performance. This plate covers an extensive range of demanding newspaper printing applications.

Avatar T-CF


Expect supreme image quality, productivity and versatility with a minimal ecological footprint – discover Avatar T-CF, Agfa Graphics’ robust pre-heat-free, chem-free photopolymer printing plate.

Unique in its class Avatar T-CF combines an image quality of 150 lpi (1,200/1,270 dpi), and 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.

The printing plate covers a wide range of applications produced in newspaper printing plants today, like daily and weekly newspapers, special interest editions or magazine-like products.

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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 newspaper applications
  • Daylight safety with an imaging resolution of up to 150 lpi (1,200/1,270 dpi)
  • Compatible with most thermal platesetters on the market
  • No ablation control required
  • High-sensitive, high-contrast, chem-free printing plate


Razor-sharp results

Avatar T-CF provides photorealistic image quality up to 150 lpi (1,200/1,270 dpi) or higher, 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, Avatar T-CF 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 

Avatar T-CF allows for coldset and low-power UV printing (with a run length of up to 30,000 revolutions). Its highlight dots are tough enough to offer a high-quality press performance even on the longest press runs.

Optimal convenience

While Avatar T-CF’s robust and 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. The plate supports all kind of vision bender and barcode reader in the punch & bending and stacking area.

ECO3 innovation

Committed to sustainable innovation that targets ecology, economy and extra convenience (ECO3), Agfa Graphics aims at developing cleaner and cost-effective solutions that are easy to operate and maintain, both for chemistry-free and conventional systems.

Avatar T-CF is a prime example of this philosophy, requiring only small quantities of concentrated or diluted clean-out gum – when combined with the Adamas COU clean-out series. The result? No use of water, decreased waste production, lower disposal costs and a safer work environment.

Patented ThermoLink technology

As a cutting-edge photopolymer plate, Avatar T-CF 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 process also ensures a predictable, low dot gain, making Avatar T-CF similar to a linear plate.


Avatar T-CF covers a wide range of applications produced in newspaper printing today like daily and weekly newspapers, special interest editions or magazine-like products. Thanks to its robustness, the plate is perfect for newspaper printing, but if you don’t need such high productivity, Avatar T-CF’ sensitivity will instead guarantee an extremely long laser lifespan.

  • Coldset press: newspaper
  • Coldset press with UV or heatset inks: special interest editions or magazine-like products

Technical Specs

Plate characteristics


Chemistry-free ThermoLink technology


High-quality grained and anodized aluminum

Spectral sensitivity

830 nm thermal


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


0.15-0.40 mm (0.006-0.016”)


AM 150 lpi @ 1,200/1,270 dpi


Web, sheetfed UV and low-power UV inks

Run length

Up to 350,000 coldset

Up to 30,000 in UV

Cleaning out



Clean-out gum

Adamas gum

Replenishment rate

67 ml/m² and 67 ml/h (ready-to-use)

Bath life

3,000 m²



Clean-out unit

Adamas 85 COU & Adamas 125 COU


Light conditions


Room conditions (T, RH)

18-24 °C (64-75 °F), < 70% RH

Storage conditions

Below 32 °C (90 °F), <70% RH

Agfa Graphics’ Pressroom Chemicals  

Plate correction pen (for unbaked plates)

Polymer deletion pen

Plate cleaner

Standard: ANTURA CtP Plate Cleaner


Cleaning gum: ANTURA CleanGum

Fountain solutions

Sheetfed: Not applicable

Heatset: Antura fount HS

Coldset: ANTURA fount CS2-(s), ANTURA fount CS2-(s)-spray

Rehardener: RC611

Rehardener for reverse osmosis water: ANTURA water conditioner

Roller and blanket washes

Standard: Xtrawash Plus 40 & 60

Heatset: Hydrowash Roto


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