SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates

            Free to be processor free

Process Free for Newspapers

Designed specifically for newspapers, SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates eliminate the costs, time and environmental impact of plate processing, plus they offer the productivity that newspapers need to keep the presses running.


SONORA NEWS Plates can help newspapers be more sustainable. Even "chemistry free" plates have a gumming or clean-out step and use processing equipment, but SONORA NEWS Plates eliminate all the chemistry, water, and waste associated with processing. Once imaged, the plates are ready to be put on press.

Lower Operational Costs

The cost savings make switching to SONORA NEWS Free Plates an easy business decision. Newspapers save on chemistry, water, processor maintenance and chemistry disposal. Since there is no preheat, they also save on energy costs from running the ovens and maintaining climate control.

High Productivity

Fast imaging speeds, compatibility with highly-automated CTP devices, and faster time to press by skipping the processing or clean-out step are all features that make SONORA NEWS Plates ideal for a fast-paced newspaper operation.

Thermal Quality & Stability

With SONORA NEWS Plates, newspapers can realize all the benefits of thermal imaging, including unparalleled stability, repeatability and outstanding print quality.

Plate Non ablative, negative working (write-the-image), thermal digital plate with Kodak's press ready technology
Application Short to medium-high run newspaper and coldset web publication printing
Spectral sensitivity 800 - 850 nm
Laser energy required 150 mJ/cm 2  on KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology Devices
Resolution 3% to 97% @ 150 lpiDependent upon capability of imaging device.
FM capability 36-micron stochasticDependent upon screening algorithms. For optimum FM performance, Kodak recommends KODAK STACCATO Screening on devices with KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology.
Run length Up to 200,000 impressions in typical coldset web applications50,000 - 75,000 impressions for direct lithoUp to 10,000 impressions for UV-ink applicationsActual run length may vary according to press, ink and paper conditions.
Safelight The plate can be handled before and after imaging safely for:- Up to 1 hour under white light- Up to 8 hours under C20 - UV Cut- Up to 24 hours under G-10 yellow light