The plates remove the need for chemical processing, eliminating wash-up processes and chemical disposal issues, according to Heidelberg, which distributes the plates.
Signs Publishing pre-press manager Greg Howse said the Warburton firm had dramatically improved its workflow with Sonora.
"We’ve been able to halve our exposure time… [and] literally doubled our output," he said.
"In addition to the productivity benefits, using the process-free Sonora XP plates also means we don’t have to worry about having to clean up chemicals or the related maintenance issues of a wet processing environment."
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Heidelberg product manager Kevin Birch said Sonora was versatile and compatible with all press types.
"We’ve been getting tremendous feedback on the high productivity rates, improved sharpness of the print and the cost savings that customers can realise with the new generation Sonora XP process free plates," said Birch.
"Everyone is looking to produce work more profitably and the Sonora XP process-free plates enable print service providers to ensure quality, and at the same time remove a whole lot of processes and costs from the production chain.
"Removing the need to purchase and dispose of chemicals, reducing water usage and also energy consumption, can deliver immediate savings and reduce your environmental footprint."
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