Green Thermal CTP Available From Anocoil

June 25, 2012

Over the past few years Anocoil has been focused on improving operations while testing a new generation of “green” thermal CTP products.

We recently launched our N200 Negative Thermal technology as a next generation replacement for N100. The N200 product offers significant improvements in operating latitude while providing higher resolution (200LPI @ 2400 DPI/25 micron) and a milder more environmentally friendly neutral plate developer.

Conservatively – N200 can be used as a no-pre heat (NPH) solution under 200 000 impressions (we have actually run over 300 000 impressions in NPH mode). The product is certified at 2400 DPI 200LPI – 300 line Spekta with Screen and Kodak.

Anocoil has also been developing a solvent-free technology called Verti. Over the past year we have had a number of beta sites working with us to help refine the product. We are moving into a controlled sales phase with our Verti solvent-free technology. Verti is also certified on the Screen and Kodak imaging equipment @ 2400 DPI 200LPI – 300 line Spekta.

We now supply NES Processing Equipment including the Sword style machine and a 1-step NES processing solution designed for the N200 and Verti plate system. Anocoil provides the NES Opal 850 and Opal 1250 as a simple 1-step development option that requires no rinse water or hard plumbing with this small foot print design. The unit uses a 10-gallon sump with a bag filter for filtration.

NES offers the option to post-heat The N200 or Verti plates if longer pressruns are required. (24” add on unit)

Our products will also run in a variety of other machine types including the G&J Interplater Quartz and Sword processors in addition to CA Systems Proteck and the Heights and Azura style wash off units.

Our plates require less imaging power (110mj) then the competition and lower pre-heat temperatures where applicable thus saving you energy.

N-200 Negative Thermal Plate Characteristics

The N200 is unique to the thermal negative market in that the developer / replenisher chemistry used is neutral in pH like the conventional chemistry of the past. What does this mean? In most markets the chemistry is safe to go down the drain and no pretreatment before disposal is necessary because it is already neutral in pH 6.8 to 7.2. Our competitor’s chemistry is high in pH much like positive plate chemistry and this causes disposal issues for the environment the plugging of drain lines and pumps in the processor and generally makes it difficult to clean the plate processor.

Because our chemistry is low in pH you will use much less chemistry as we only replenish what is lost to evaporation and to chemistry carry out on the plate thru the processor. We do not require the hourly anti-ox replenishment or top-up replenishment that is necessary with a high pH system. Our pot-life is high in the processor; around 20 000 sq ft before changing the developer is recommended. We do ask for a regular change out of the processor filters in order to increase the chemistry life and keep the chemistry cleaner. But filters are a lot cheaper than chemistry and washable stainless steel versions are available.

In order to maintain the pH activity of the development bath we estimate that our competitors need to add between 1.5 and 2.5 gallons of developer daily to each processor to maintain developer strength. We call this on time/off time replenishment.

Assuming 2.0 gallons on average x 365 days per year = 730 gallons per processor / divided by 5 = 146 “extra cubes” of developer just to maintain the pH activity of the bath. This doesn’t include the 3-7 cc’s of replenishment required to replace the drag-out component. So I’m pretty sure…our system will save your members some chemistry usage.

N200 Benefits

• Capable of 1-99% resolution @ 200 line / 2400 dpi / 25 micron
• Neutral chemistry (6.8 – 7.2 pH)
• No need for separate replenisher to maintain pH activity of bath = less chemistry
• Clean easy to maintain aqueous development system
• No Metafix neutralization – no waste treatment required
• No odor or smell when pre-heating
• Less energy required to image and process
• Run-length 300 000 plus impressions