AGFA has unveiled two new CtP systems for newspaper printers. The :Advantage Xm and :Advantage Xs bring the benefits of computer-to-plate operations within the reach of newspapers with limited investment capabilities or medium throughput requirements.
The new CtP systems are also suitable as backup systems or for printers with hybrid portfolios including semi-commercial work such as supplements and catalogues.
:Advantage Xm (for manual) and Xs (for semi-automatic) are loaded manually. Each offers a throughput of 85 plates per hour and multiple resolutions from 1000dpi to 2540dpi. Thanks to their 3-point FleX registration system, they can image any plate format up to 1040mm x 690mm panorama.
:Advantage Xm/Xs work with :Lithostar silver based or :N91v photopolymer plates. The Xs offers online processing using Agfa's LP68/85 or VPP 68/85 processors.
Both models are managed by :Arkitex Newsdrive software to optimise engine speed and reliability.
Agfa has also created a full range of specific :Arkitex workflow packages for page pairing, tracking, imposition and RIPping to match the needs of :Advantage Xm/Xs users.