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Kodak’s process free plate technology takes another leap forward with the introduction of the Kodak SONORA X Process Free Plate. SONORA X builds on all the advantages of Kodak’s process free technology, while adding significant technology advances that remove the barriers to process free that previously existed for printers that have demanding performance requirements.
 Kodak estimates that up to 80% of the offset print market will now be able to go process free, including large commercial sheetfed printers, heatset and coldset web printers, offset packaging printers, and printers using UV and low-energy UV. In addition, the new SONORA X-N Process Free Plate extends the technology to medium and large newspaper printers.
“Kodak’s goal is to make printing more sustainable and to make it profitable for all printers by eliminating processing and chemicals from platemaking,” said Brad Kruchten, President, print systems division, Kodak. “SONORA X delivers a breakthrough for process free technology. The dramatic improvements to run length and handling enable the market fit for process free to expand to up to 80% of the market, thus making Sonora X truly mainstream.”
Adrian Shuttleworth, WW product manager - plates print systems division, Kodak Ltd., said, “SONORA X Plates can print two to six times longer than Kodak SONORA XP Plates, depending on application, and improved exposure sensitivity ensures that printers can maximize platemaking throughput on even the fastest platesetters on the market. Sonora X plates can run up to 400,000 impressions with heatset or commercial coldset web presses and up to 200,000 impressions on sheetfed presses.”
The new plates are targeted at large commercial sheetfed printers, heatset and coldset web printers, offset packaging printers, and printers running UV and low-energy UV inks.