ROCHESTER, N.Y., October 07 --
KODAK SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates are now able
to help even more newspaper printers reduce costs and environmental impact.
Kodak will showcase SONORA NEWS Plates at the World Publishing Expo 2013 (IFRA Expo
& Conference) October 7-9 in Berlin, Germany in booth 1.2.400 and at the
Distripress Congress, October 7-10 in Toronto, Canada in booth #5.
Previously, only small to medium-sized newspapers in
the U.S. and Canada had the option of using a process free newspaper plate—the KODAK PF-N Non Process Plate. Now, newspaper printers in other regions of the
world and even larger newspaper printers can enjoy the benefits of process free
with SONORA NEWS Plates.
Designed for both manual and automated platemaking
environments, SONORA NEWS Plates enable newspaper printers to get their jobs to
press faster by eliminating the time needed for traditional processing. For
automated prepress operations, SONORA NEWS Plates now offer a significant
advantage—a darker contrast than was possible with previous process free plate
Addressing the need for an easy transition to the
new plates, Kodak continues to work closely with NELA and Burgess to ensure
that the new SONORA NEWS Plates work seamlessly with their latest automation
equipment, such as vision punch/bending equipment, bar code readers and
SONORA NEWS Plates enable the elimination of plate
processing equipment and processing chemistry and are the only plates designed
for newspaper applications that offer this benefit while delivering the
quality, productivity, and print capability of mainstream processed plates.
Running on the GENERATION NEWS Platesetter, SONORA NEWS Plates are able to be imaged at speeds
up to 240 plates per hour. In addition, SONORA NEWS Plates help save time and
money and reduce environmental impact compared to violet plates and “chemistry-free”
plates. Unlike violet plates, SONORA
NEWS Plates do not require any prepress processing, providing printers more
stable, consistent plates for reliable quality.
“With KODAK SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates, Kodak
adds value to newspaper production while enhancing productivity and increasing
efficiency. Because there is no chemistry to buy, store, and dispose of,
printers are able to reduce their costs and environmental impact without
sacrificing quality,” said Rich Rindo, General Manager of Kodak’s Worldwide
Graphics Marketing organization. “Newspaper publishers, regardless of size, can
now take advantage of this breakthrough and remove the plate processing step
entirely, which ultimately helps newspapers improve their bottom line.”
Kodak has transformed into a technology company
focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive
technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging,
graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also
offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial
Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.
(Kodak, Sonora News, and Generation News are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)