Fujifilm has announced a new low-chemistry plate, the Superia LH-S2, that only requires a gum clean out, rather than traditional processing chemistry and which is now available in Europe.
The Superia LH-S2 uses some of the multi-layer technologies used in Fujifilm’s processless solutions and is said to offer customers a natural step to going processless in the future.
The plate can be imaged at 200 lpi and can be used with 20 μm FM screening for high-quality print applications. It can be used at higher drum speeds, improving overall productivity and allowing for faster plate remakes. Fujifilm claims that it’s a robust plate, able to stand up to pressroom handling and resistant to fingerprint marks. It’s also said to offer good ablation performance, with less debris accumulating in the platesetter and consequently less time wasted cleaning out the platesetter and replacing filters.
Sean Lane, Fujifilm Europe’s Offset Product Group manager, says: “Printers who are considering a move to processless plates, but are not in a position to make such a change immediately, will find Superia LH-S2 the ideal next step down that road. Offering significant environmental and cost savings, and compatible with most platesetters, it offers an ideal route towards Fujifilm’s industry-leading range of processless plates – including Superia ZD and Superia ZP.”