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KPG Demonstrates Environmentally Sound Film and Plate Process

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Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. - Printers looking for a chemistry free prepress solution can find it at PRINT 01. Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) demonstrates its new DirectPrint plates and DryView Recording Film at Booth 5723. The combination of DryView film and DirectPrint plates result in a completely dry process with no chemistry, developers, or finishers required. "This win-win combination from KPG should generate a great deal of interest," says Mike Yatsko, Marketing Manager, Advanced Planning – Print Technologies. "With this dry setup, printers can eliminate processor maintenance, costly chemical disposal fees, and also provide a cleaner, safer working environment. We're very pleased to be able to offer this type of environmentally friendly solution to our customers." Visitors to the KPG booth will witness the entire printing process: from imaging and developing the DryView Recording Film (without chemicals), to exposing the plate, to processing and running the plates directly on a Ryobi Press. DirectPrint plates are aluminum, no-process conventional printing plates. They can be exposed in a vacuum frame with either DryView or conventional films. The plates boast extremely fast exposure times and clear printout images making exposed plates clearly identifiable. "If you're looking for ways to improve conventional plate workflow, reduce costs and improve efficiency, you need to consider the DirectPrint plate," says Yatsko. "Once the plate is exposed, simply bring it to press, drop the water rollers, then the ink, and within 5-10 sheets of paper, you are printing saleable work. It is a revolutionary process." Consistent results can be expected for run lengths of up to 100,000 impressions. DirectPrint plates are also fully compatible with common pressroom chemicals so usually there are no changes required in order to run DirectPrint plates on most presses. DryView Recording Film is a polyester-based high contrast, high quality, hard dot film that uses photothermagraphic technology. With DryView film, the image is formed using light and then developed by the application of moderate heat for a few seconds. Exposed by one of several available IR laser diode imagesetters and processed in a DryView processor, DryView film processes in about 50 seconds compared to a typical time of 120 seconds for a wet, hard dot film. The combination of DryView Recording Film and DirectPrint plates require no chemicals and produces no effluent thereby eliminating costs associated with processing solution disposal as well as environmental compliance regulations.

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