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FLH-Z Series


The award-winning* FLH-Z Series of plate processors is designed for use with Fujifilm's low chemistry range of thermal CTP plates.  Each processor in the range incorporates Fujifilm's unique intelligent 'ZAC' microprocessor control system which helps achieve consistent, high quality plate production with minimal chemistry usage and maintenance.

* In the 2010 InterTech™ Technology Awards (organised by the Printing Industries of America) Fujifilm’s ‘ZAC’ technology won an award for its control over plate processing resulting in more consistent plates, less money spent on chemicals, and reduced chemical waste.

FLH-Z Series at a glance:

  • Full bath of developer can now develop up to 15,000m2 of plates resulting in substantial savings in developer consumption.
  • Maintaining perfect developer activity allows the developer bath life to be greatly extended beyond the norm for developing systems.
  • Typically can achieve bath life figures four or more times greater than normal plate processing systems.
  • The chemistry used for processing plates in a ‘ZAC’ system is a nonsilicate-based recipe. This makes a much longer bath life possible without the increase in developer sludge and filter blockages.
  • Because of the way ‘ZAC’ processors intelligently control replenisher delivery, they are more stable making it much easier to achieve high quality, irrespective of changes to environmental conditions.

Market leading low chemistry plate production for thermal applications

The combination of the very latest plate and chemistry technologies, together with Fujifilm designed ‘ZAC’ software embedded within the company’s leading processors, results in market-leading performance. With benefits including lower chemistry consumption, lower processor maintenance, lower waste production, a cleaner working environment and better stability, our low chemistry systems provide benchmark solutions for improving environmental and business performance.

Lower chemistry consumption

The FLH-Z Series of processors incorporate unique Fujifilm developed software to intelligently control the amount of replenisher used in the plate development process. This improvement means that a full bath of developer can now develop up to 15,000m2 of plates resulting in substantial savings in developer consumption. For a printer using around 10,000 B1 plates over a 1-3 month period, chemistry consumption can be reduced to around 294 litres - a reduction of over 80% (depending on existing system used).

Lower maintenance

Maintaining perfect developer activity allows the developer bath life to be greatly extended beyond the norm for developing systems. It is typical to achieve bath life figures that are four or more times greater than normal plate processing systems. These improvements mean that a full bath of developer will now develop up to 15,000m2 of plates resulting in substantial reductions in cleaning down time. It is not uncommon to save over 40 hours of cleaning time for a large 32,000m² consumer of plates over a year’s plate production.

Cleaner working environment

The chemistry used for processing plates in a ‘ZAC’ system is a nonsilicate based recipe. This makes a much longer bath life possible without the increase in developer sludge and filter blockages.

More stable system

Because of the way ‘ZAC’ processors intelligently control replenisher delivery, they are more stable making it much easier to achieve high quality, irrespective of changes to environmental conditions. This is particularly important for demanding FM screening applications.

How the 'ZAC' system works

Unlike conventional plate processors, which just attempt to keep developer solution conductivity at a constant level, Fujifilm ‘ZAC’ processors incorporate unique technology that precisely controls the replenishment rate according to usage and oxidation levels, drawing upon software algorithms compiled from exhaustive Fujifilm lab testing. This avoids wasteful over replenishment while providing consistent processing of each plate for optimum quality and on-press performance.

Key specifications FLH-Z 85 FLH-Z 125 FLH-Z 150 FLH-Z 165
Plate types Superia LH-PJE, LH-PLE & LH-PXE thermal plates,and LH-PCE (without ‘ZAC’ benefits)
Maximum plate width 850 mm 1250 mm 1500 mm 1650 mm
Minimum plate length 240 mm 310 mm 310 mm 310 mm
Plate gauge 0.15 – 0.4 mm
Processing time LH-PJE and LH-PLE: 16 seconds, LH-PXE: 14 seconds
Develop tank capacity 27 litres 76.5 litres 92.5 litres 100 litres
Dimensions (W x D x H)* 1525 x 1070 x 1085 mm 1950 x 1410 x 1148 mm 2250 x 1410 x 1148 mm 2400 x 1410 x 1148 mm