Attiro ZH

Saving money and the planet while cleaning out your violet chemistry-free plates? Use Attiro ZH, a clean-out unit that uses a unique cascade concept and zero heat.
Attiro ZH

Meet Attiro ZH, the high-speed clean-out unit for your violet chemistry-free plates. Its groundbreaking cascade technology makes your operations both more productive and sustainable, as the concentrated gum is reused in three cascading sections. In this way, the non-imaged areas are effectively removed and there is no risk of oxidizing. The result: minimal gum consumption and little waste for a maximal clean-out effect. Full maintenance, with our dedicated circulation cleaner ATTIRO CareClean, is only required after 8,000 m².

The addition of the Attiro Cleaning Module (ACM) even extends the main cleaning cycle for Attiro COUs to 12,000 m² of plate consumption. Furthermore, the two intermediate cleaning processes at 4,000 and 8,000 m² are executed as part of an automated process that starts with a simple keystroke on the Attiro display and requires no further intervention from the operator.

The Attiro ZH clean-out unit forms a very attractive solution combined with the Avatar V-ZH preheat-free chemistry-free printing plate, and the Advantage N platesetters.


  • No preheat unit results in reduced CAPEX, up to 80% energy savings, more floor space, and no buckling of plates because of heating/cooling
  • Minimal gum consumption for maximal clean-out effect; less transport of gum bottles
  • Extensive bath life,  with full maintenance only required after 8,000 m² (or 12,000 m² when the Attiro Cleaning Module is installed)
  • Fully flat plate transport through the clean-out unit leaves plates unbent by rollers
  • Easy visual check and no mix-ups on press thanks to high-contrast image on the gummed plate
  • High speed (up to 400 plates per hour) makes it the perfect match for high production, heavy-duty environments

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Agfa is committed to sustainable innovation focused on ecology, economy, and extra convenience – or ECO³. We develop integrated solutions – consisting of hardware, consumables, software and services – that streamline your prepress and printing operations and make them cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to operate and maintain. All while guaranteeing superior and consistent print quality.

The result? More value for your entire business!

Create more value for your entire printing business

Unique cascade concept

Gum 1: 95 % of all non-imaged areas are removed from the plate.

Gum cascades into the first tank from the second tank and is sprayed on the plate to remove the non-imaged areas. The imaged areas are bound to the substrate and therefore not washed away by the gum. As most of the clean-out happens in this first gum section, it contains most of the cleaned out emulsion. The exhausted gum is drained off.

Gum 2: The remaining non-imaged areas are removed from the plate.

The gum mix from the third tank cascades into the second tank, removes the remaining non-imaged areas, and then cascades into the first tank.

Gum3: A layer of fresh gum is applied to prevent the plate from oxidizing the grained and anodized aluminum.

The final clean-out step is carried out with diluted gum fresh from the bottle, thus ensuring a perfectly clean plate. The fresh gum and water from the tank in the third section then cascade into the tank of the second section.

Dryer section: The plate is dried to enable immediate handling, independent of format.

Hot air is blown through a pair of air tubes, which dries the plate on both sides. As a result, further handling of the plate is immediately possible.

LED curing

A low energy LED bar takes care of final curing of the plate in the drying section.


Technical Specs

Plate type Avatar V-ZH preheat-free chemistry-free photopolymer offset plates
Plate width, min.-max. 200-710 mm (7.9-28”)
Plate length, min. 275 mm (10.9”)
Plate thickness, min.-max. 0.15-0.30 mm (0.006-0.012”)
Plate speed 40-300 cm/min
Plate volume Up to 400 plates/hour
Brush speed Gum 1: 200 rpm (fixed)
Gum 2: 150 rpm (fixed)
Water Total hardness < 6° dH or Osmosis water
Connection: 3/4 gas
Max. pressure: 3 bar
Drain tube: inner diameter 25 mm
Mechanical specifications
Temperatures Dryer min.-max.: 49-70°C (120-158°F)
Tank volumes Gum 1: 7.5 lit. (1.98 US gal.)
Gum 2: 5.5 lit. (1.45 US gal.)
Gum 3: 4.5 lit (1.19 US gal.)
Noise emission (max.) < 70 dB
Physical specifications
Weight cleaning module
incl. crate
285 kg (628 lb)
385 kg (848 lb)
Dimensions cleaning module (w x d x h)
incl. crate
1423 x 1270 x 980-1230 mm (56.0 x 50.0 x 38.6 to 48.4”)
1550 x 1350 x 1220 mm (61.0 x 53.2 x 31.5”)
Electrical specifications
Power supply EUR Single phase: 1W + N + PE    230V / 9.0 Amps, 50/60Hz.
USA: Single phase: 2W + PE   208 – 230V / 9.0 Amps, 50/60Hz.
Voltage tolerances +/- 10%
Power EUR/US 2000 Watt hour
Heat dissipation 6824 BTU
Energy consumption (under standard working conditions for 1 h) Ready (Standby): 0.03 kWh
Processing: 0.5 kWh
Logic off (device switched off via touch panel only, main switch remains on): 0.01 kWh