Apex promotes greener processless plates from Fuji at Ipex

Rhys Handley
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fujifilm’s Superia ZD processless plate will make its UK show debut on Apex Digital Graphics’ stand at Ipex this month.

The plate develops on-press, requiring no chemistry, and is suitable for use with LED inks. It will be demonstrated live on an eight-colour RMGT 928P LED-UV press at the show held at the Birmingham NEC.

According to Apex, the ZD’s durability means it has an estimated run-length life of around 150,000 impressions on a conventional press and 50,000 impressions on an LED-UV press.

"Companies are looking for new technology to make their operations more efficient,” said Apex managing director Bob Usher. “Until recently, UV technology needed developer plates but the Superia allows us to take that part of the process out completely.

“New tech is always more expensive so some may be reluctant to make the transition. However, processless technology means less money spent on developers, less money spent on disposal of used chemicals and it will improve the green ticket of any company – all of which will pay off in the long run for companies.

“Many people who are moving to UV tech will already be interested, but there are always doubting Thomases about new developments. We hope that at Ipex we can demonstrate the benefits of processless. It is about getting that traditional line of thinking out of the way and convincing people to move forward.”

Initially launched in June last year, the Superia range has since seen “a number of successful installations”, according to Usher. The Ipex appearance will mark its first showcase at a UK exhibition.

The plate will be imaged by the B1 Cron 46H CTP system at Ipex, which is being launched alongside the 26H, a B3 version.

Ipex will take place from 31 October-4 November.


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