Superia ZP is a processless plate that eliminates the processor, chemistry, gum and water used in the conventional plate production process, the plate being taken straight from the platesetter onto the press. This means Superia ZP represents the fastest way of getting a plate on-press, and all the variables associated with processors and finishing units, including the time and labour involved with their maintenance, are eliminated
Superia ZP at a glance:
Super ZP has been successfully used by many printers around the World for the last five years. Despite this, Fujifilm scientists in Tokyo have been investigating ways in which the plate could be improved to make it even easier to use. The result represents Fujifilm’s most advanced printing plate ever, with a combination of technologies that exhibit higher ink receptivity with much faster development on press, and a much wider tolerance of different press conditions, ink formulations and fount solutions.
The latest version of this groundbreaking processless plate represents Fujifilm’s most advanced printing plate to date. It features a number of high performance technologies designed to optimise performance. The first is a special new Multi Grain (MGV) technology. This new micro-graining process applied to the surface of the aluminium guarantees the widest possible latitude in terms of ink/water balance on-press. The second is a multi-layer coating unique to Fujifilm which provides different functionalities within ultra-thin layers.
These include an over-coat layer that controls the diffusion of oxygen, ensuring optimum plate stability and a long shelf life, along with a photosensitive layer that contributes to the plate’s high sensitivity and productivity. With Superia ZP, this photosensitive layer also contains unique new Fine Particle Dispersion (FPD) technology that helps improve the softening of the non-image area. Finally, an undercoat layer incorporating Rapid Stable Start-up (RSS) technology dramatically speeds up the removal of the plate coating by the ink and ultimately onto the paper.
|Laser type||thermal LD 830 nm (800 – 850 nm)|
|Resolution||200 lpi (1 – 99%)|
|FM screen compatible||yes, FM20|
|Gauges||0.15, 0.20, 0.30, 0.40 mm|
|Safelight||white 400 lux for two hours for latent image visibility|
|Latent image||up to 1 week|
|Contrast||acceptable after exposure|
|Developer / replenisher||N/A|
|Run length* unbaked||100000|
|Run length* baked||not practical|
|UV-ink characteristics (unbaked)||not recommended|
|UV-ink characteristics (baked)||not recommended|
* Run lengths are always dependent on laser power and press conditions