World's most robust thermal digital plate that prints extra long-runs with UV-inks & alcohol-free founts without post-baking
Product Description & Application
Elite received the industry's most prestigious coveted GATF InterTech Technology Award, an ultimate recognition of its break-through technology. Since then, it has become the world's favourite thermal plate. It is now manufactured in India under technical collaboration with Agfa Graphics.

Elite is indispensable for high-resolution, extra long-runs of 350,000+ impressions without baking (with potential to increase it by 50%-100% with baking). It is unmatched in its UV-ink run-length capability of 100,000+ impressions (without baking). Elite is ideally suited for all high-end long-run printing applications.

Elite is the preferred brand of thermal digital plate especially for the following applications : packaging & commercial long-run & UV-ink printing; newspaper & magazine printing requiring long-runs without baking; prepress service bureaus; “Green” printing using alcohol-free founts
Features & Benefits
Extremely robust plate, for dependable press performance under a wide range of aggressive press conditions, without the need to post-bake; your insurance against plate failures
Ideally suited for long-run UV-ink printing without post-baking; eliminates expensive & power-hungry baking operation and guarantees you disruption-free high quality UV-ink printing
Perfectly compatible with alcohol-free founts; enables you to “Go Green” without the fear of plate failures
Capable of FM & :Sublima 280 imaging; delivers print results of stunning quality
Patented manufacturing process and coating formulation ensures near zero dot-gain and ease of linearization; promises high-fidelity consistent print results
Rapid clean-up properties on the press, with cold as well as warm start-ups; minimizes start-up paper waste and machine downtime
Excellent dampening latitude; allows high ink density with low damp levels
Accredited for use with all the leading brands of thermal platesetters & processors; you are not locked into using any particular brand of CtP system
Easy-to-image and process under convenient office lighting conditions; eliminates need for safe lights and extra space
Eliminates pre-heat and post-bake requirements; helps you to significantly reduce costs and energy consumption
Product Specifications
Plate Type
:
Thermally exposed, positive-acting, laser plate for sheet and web offset presses
Substrate
:
High-quality grained and anodised aluminium using Agfa's patented "Flat Substrate" technology
Coating
:
Two-layer system, infrared sensitive, positive-acting
Gauge
:
0.15mm, 0.28 & 0.30 mm guage
Spectral sensitivity
:
830 nm
Exposure Energy
:
120 mJ / cm2
Resolution
:
1 - 99 % dot resolution at 200 lpi screen; 280 lpi hybrid and FM capable (on FM capable platesetters)
Image Colour
:
Blue
Processing Steps
:
Conventional wet processing using TechNova's Elite thermal plate developer and replenisher
Replenishment Rate
:
80 - 100 ml / m2; plus hourly top-up of 60 - 100 ml with TechNova's thermal plate replenisher (depending on processor, tank capacity and usage)
Run-length
:
350,000+ impressions using conventional offset inks without baking; with baking, run-length can be increased by 50% to 100%. 100,000+ impressions using UV-inks (Actual run-length may vary accroding to press, ink and paper conditions)
Room Illumination
:
Office light (avoid daylight and direct sunlight on plate)
Packaging
:
Available in all standard sizes formats
Recommended Processing Chemistry
Developer
:
Elite Developer (ready-to-use)
Replenisher
:
Elite Replenisher (ready-to-use)
Finishing
:
RC 795 / Unifin
Deletion
:
Elite Deletion Fluid / Elite Deletion Pen
Baking
:
RC 510 Baking Solution
Storage after Processing
:
Unifin Finishing Solution for storage up to 7 days; NovaKeepGum for storage up to 3 months
Recommended Pressroom Chemistry
Plate Cleaner
:
InstaKleen UV (for UV inks); InstaKleen CtP (for conventional inks)
Fountain Solution
:
AkronGold, TotalCare Range & CrownJewel Range
Press Wash
:
HMK Wash 1, Artemas Wash 60, AmberWash WM & NovaWash Premium
PressCare
:
DeepKleen Shampoo, CalKleen, LubriKleen, GlazeKleen, GlazeKleen Aqua, Blanket Vitaliser, Blanket Refresh, CylKleen
Storage, Handling & Packaging
Storage & Handling
:
10oC - 25 o C; 30% to 70% RH. If the storage temperature differs significantly from plateroom temperature, the plates should be acclimatized in their original package for at least 12 hours before opening the package and processing plates. Always open the package under recommended room illumination
Recommended conditions
:
Operating temperatures 23o C (±2o C); 40% to 70% RH.
Shelf-life
:
Shelf-life of the plate is 24 months (from date of manufacturing) under recommended storage conditions