Aug. 11, 2014 News

Aug. 11, 2014 News

“Green” printing debuts at Page 1 Printers

We recently switched over to “process free plates.” Process free plates are plates that do not need to go through a plate processor before they are mounted on the press. This puts us—and our customers—a few steps ahead of the “green” curve.

These Sonora XP plates from Kodak allow us to remove all chemistry, water, equipment, energy and waste related to the processing, or “clean out,” step. That means that we get the cost and waste reduction benefits of process free plates, plus the quality, productivity, and print capabilities of mainstream processed plates.

Our general manager, Craig Ryan, recently commented that the new plates are not only great for the environment, but are also helpful in controlling costs—not to mention improving the quality of the final product.

Some of our long-time customers may remember that we tried some of the early versions of these plates a few years ago. At that time, we found that they wore out quickly, and were only suitable for short runs. But we have extensively tested these new process free plates from Kodak, and have found that they deliver a high-resolution image and produce a quantity of impressions that compares favorably to the older processed plates.

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