Eliminate the processing variables that you worry about, and get the reliable and consistent quality that your clients deserve: with Azura TS, the chemical-free plate system.

The Azura TS is a thermal plate for low- to medium-volume commercial printing where simplicity and reliability are priorities. It allows you to preserve the high-quality imaging of traditional platemaking, without press changes or chemical processing.

Chemistry-free platemaking? That’s right, thanks to the ThermoFuseTM particles in the anodized aluminum plate coating. The thermal laser heats up the coating, causing the particles to fuse and bond firmly to the aluminum. After exposure, the plate is cleaned and gummed in one simple step by the Azura Clean-Out Unit (COU). The result? Razorsharp image definition, in runs of up to 100,000, depending on press conditions.

Key Benefits

  • Simplified platemaking thanks to advanced ThermoFuse technology.
  • Clear and consistent high-quality results.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Safer work environment because of the chemistry-free procedure.
  • Reduction of waste and disposal costs formerly associated with chemicals
  • Features

    No Processing Variables

    Azura TS plates can easily be added to any workflow. Because they use no chemical processing, they are safer, simpler and moreconsistent for everyone to use. And they provide the convenience of daylight handling, allowing them to be used in any prepress environment.

    No Special Press Room Handling

    Azura TS plates work with your existing press workflow, so you can keep on working with the same inks, fountain solutions, or alcohol substrates. The plate prints directly from its electrochemically grained and anodized aluminum substrate, giving you a wider printing latitude.

    High-quality Results on Press

    Azura TS plates provide 2 - 98% dpi screen tints at 200 lpi depending on imaging conditions, yielding excellent results on press. They also give you up to 100,000 impressions depending on printing conditions for high productivity.

    ThermoFuse Technology

    During imaging, particles within the Azura TS plate are fused together by the thermal laser to create an image. A physical process then bonds the image to the substrate, with absolutely no chemical processing involved. A dedicated cleaning unit uses gum to finish the plate and clean the un-fused areas, leaving you with a press-ready Azura TS plate.

    Technical Specs

    Plate type: Negative-working, chemistry-free ThermoFuseTM offset plate
    Substrate: High-quality grained and anodized aluminum
    Spectral sensitivity: 830 nm (Thermal laser diode)
    Practical sensitivity: 200 mJ/cm²
    Platesetter compatiblity: Accredited for most common external drum thermal platesetters
    Image contrast: Good. Can be measured with all available densitometers and plate reader
    Plate sizes: Standard sheet-fed and web sizes
    Resolution (depending on platesetter): ABS: 2-98 % at 200 lpi at 2400 dpi - Sublima: 1-99% at 240 lpi at 2400 dpi
    Run length: Up to 100,000 dependent on press conditions, not suited for UV inks
    Clean-out gum: Azura TS gum
    Bath life: 300 m²/20 litres
    Clean-out unit: Azura COU 95, 125, 85, 120 - Azura COU CX85, CX125
    Clean-out unit speed: 1.6 m/min in CX85, CX125
    Room lighting: daylight
    Room conditions (T, RH): 18-24 °C (64-75 °F), < 70% RH
    Storage conditions: Ambient temperatures below 50°C / 50°C not to be exceeded for >24 hours

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