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Agfa outlines strategies at pre-drupa conference in Belgium

Thursday, 26 February 2004
By Print 21 Online Article

Albert Follens, Director Graphic Systems and member of the board, (pictured) opened the event by reinforcing the company’s goal to be the industry’s preferred partner for prepress products and services, and vigorously help promote the power of print.
“We will be there to provide customers with the means to innovate and grow profitably by making the printed medium more competitive,” Follens said. “We will also provide the global digital infrastructure to integrate and manage processes and data from content creator to delivery.”

Among the new products Agfa is launching in 2004 are several new violet laser and thermal platesetters. Among them, a new entry-level system called :Acento, a 4-up thermal system. Also new for 2004 is a manual version of the popular violet 4-up :Palladio, more powerful 8-up :Galileo and :Palladio systems, and faster :Xcalibur 45 and VLF thermal systems.

New processles plate

Additionally, Agfa announced it is launching a new chemistry-free plate, :Azura, which will be available before drupa.

“The ideal processless plate does not exist today. So, instead of spending years showing you theoretically processless plates, we have decided to launch :Azura. It is real and it works, and it offers a true growth path towards a truly processless plate,” said Theo De Keersmaecker, Agfa’s director, CtP systems.

Agfa’s :Azura is an aluminium plate that uses a physical rather than a chemical process to provide high quality, thermal imaging. Based on the same, proven technology that is used in Agfa’s :Thermolite Plus plates, :Azura is a non-ablative plate that offers very wide exposure latitude, very wide press latitude and run lengths of up to 100,000 impressions.

While in normal thermal plates, a latent image is formed during plate imaging, which then needs to be processed chemically to produce a lithographic image, :Azura plate imaging requires a clean-out or gumming step of non-image areas only. The plates offer excellent robustness for pressroom handling.

worflow rules with :ApogeeX Version 2.0.

“Agfa has the best line-up of workflow products in the industry and the new releases for drupa will only serve to make it better,” said Garry Muratore, Oceania Marketing Manager.(pictured)

On the workflow side, Agfa launched version 2.0 of its workflow software, :ApogeeX. The latest release focuses primarily on system scalability and load distribution of process intensive tasks. It also comes with new connectivity features such as drivers for new Agfa and non-Agfa CtF and CtP imaging devices as well as proofers.

Agfa also announced the latest version of its web-enabled product management software solution, :Delano, which will be used in all PrintCity Print factories at Drupa, in May. PrintCity, an alliance of independent graphic arts technology providers, will show Drupa visitors how to improve the print manufacturing process by delivering complete solutions in an open-systems architecture.

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