Avalon 8-up series

From entry-level platesetters to high-end computer-to-plate (CtP) engines – the Avalon 8-up series of thermal platesetters for commercial printing has a best-in-class solution in store for every need.
Avalon 8-up series

Affordable excellence that will help your commercial printing business thrive – that’s the promise of Avalon 8-up platesetters. With their reputation for solid dependability, these CtP engines prove themselves in terms of quality, consistency and productivity, and they’re sustainable to boot.

The Avalon 8-up series features entry-level engines (N8-30S, N8-30XT) as well as high-performance platesetters (N8-90E, N8-90S, N8-90XT). Simply select the engine that suits your needs in terms of throughput speed (from 24 to 70 pph), features and scalability, and start boosting your business.

Key benefits

  • Consistent performance and output quality up to 340 lpi Sublima
  • Throughput speed of up to 70 pph, depending on your model and plate
  • Multiple automation options, such as a single, multi-cassette or pallet loader
  • Integration with Agfa’s Apogee prepress workflow solution

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ECO³

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!

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Features

Proven technology

While Avalon 8-up entry-level platesetters feature fiber-coupled laser technology to guarantee superior quality, the high-end engines are equipped with Grating Light Valve (GLV) imaging technology, featuring both the GLV itself and a solid-state laser diode bar. The result? A large number of beams, ensuring exceptional imaging speed and a low drum rotation velocity.

Industry-leading productivity

One of Agfa’s star performers, Avalon addresses the needs of large, medium and small-volume printers. Combine the Avalon N8-90XT and the Energy Elite Eco printing plate to reach an exceptional throughput speed of 70 pph. Most of the Avalon platesetters are also upgradable, and evolve with you as your business grows.

Automation – Make your choice

All entry-level engines feature manual loading, but they can be combined with a single or multi-cassette autoloader for increased automation and productivity.
For the high-end Avalon N8-90 engine, there’s an advanced option: the Expert Loader

Expert Loader

Going all out on productivity? Achieve a sustainable competitive advantage with Agfa’s Expert Loader – a compact 8-up pallet loader for full prepress automation, which can be added to the Avalon N8-90. It comes in two models: the Expert Loader Fix and the upgradable Expert Loader Var.
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Plate loading robot

Plate loading of the Avalon 8-up and VLF models can be automated using a custom-made plate loading robot.
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Perfectly upgradable

The Avalon 8-up can be upgraded to meet your expanding production requirements. Using the same base engine, you can upgrade from an entry-level manual machine to a high-productivity, fully automated model by simply adding modules.

Sublime imaging quality

Avalon 8-up engines yield consistent, first-rate imaging quality of up to 340 lpi Sublima, depending on your model. Even entry-level platesetters outdo the competition in imaging resolution (up to 280 lpi Sublima), guaranteeing Avalon’s trademark excellence.

Technical Specs

Model
N8-30 S
Imaging technology 64-channel fiber-coupled
Laser type 830 nm thermal laser diodes
Recording system External drum
Press punch optional, max 4 sets
Resolution
1200 dpi yes
2400 dpi yes
2540 dpi yes
4000 dpi n/a
4800 dpi n/a
Throughput
Throughput pph, 1030 x 800 mm, 2400 dpi Energy Elite Eco 24
Plate loading & unloading configuration
Manual loading yes (feed tray mandatory)
Semi-manual loading n/a
Automatic (autoloader) yes
Pallet loader n/a
Manual unloading yes
In line unloading yes
Plate characteristics
Min. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
650 mm x 370 mm (25.5” x 14.6”)
304 mm x 370 mm (11.9” x 14.6”) *324 mm x 370 mm (12.8” x 14.6”) **
Max. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
1160 mm x 940 mm (45.6″ x 37.0″)
*1150 mm x 940 mm (45.3″ x 37.0″)
Thickness 0.15 mm-0.3 mm (6-12 mil, options for 0.4 mm support available)
Max. exposure size (along drum x around drum)
*with punch connection kit (When the 8 mm clamp is set, the maximum drum rotation speed will be limited to 600 rpm. When the 8mm clamp is not installed, the leading edge clamp is 12 mm and the tail edge clamp is 12 or 8 mm.
1160 mm x 924 mm (45.6″ x 36.4″) (grip 8/8 mm)*
Dimensions
Weight 1260 kg (2778 lb)
Size (w x d x h) 2530 x 1495 x 1280 mm (99.6″ x 58.9″ x 50.4”)
Environment (CtP and autoloader)
Temperature range Recommended: 18-26 °C
Humidity range 40-70 % RH (no condensation)
Power Single-phase 220-240V, 32A
Model
N8-30 XT
Imaging technology 96-channel fiber-coupled
Laser type 830 nm thermal laser diodes
Recording system External drum
Press punch optional, max 4 sets
Resolution
1200 dpi yes
2400 dpi yes
2540 dpi yes
4000 dpi n/a
4800 dpi n/a
Throughput
Throughput pph, 1030 x 800 mm, 2400 dpi Energy Elite Eco 32
Plate loading & unloading configuration
Manual loading yes (feed tray mandatory)
Semi-manual loading n/a
Automatic (autoloader) yes
Pallet loader n/a
Manual unloading yes
In line unloading yes
Plate characteristics
Min. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
650 mm x 370 mm (25.5” x 14.6”)
304 mm x 370 mm (11.9” x 14.6”) *324 mm x 370 mm (12.8” x 14.6”) **
Max. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
1160 mm x 940 mm (45.6″ x 37.0″)
*1150 mm x 940 mm (45.3″ x 37.0″)
Thickness 0.15 mm-0.3 mm (6-12 mil, options for 0.4 mm support available)
Max. exposure size (along drum x around drum)
*with punch connection kit (When the 8 mm clamp is set, the maximum drum rotation speed will be limited to 600 rpm. When the 8mm clamp is not installed, the leading edge clamp is 12 mm and the tail edge clamp is 12 or 8 mm.
1160 mm x 924 mm (45.6″ x 36.4″) (grip 8/8 mm)*
Dimensions
Weight 1260 kg (2778 lb)
Size (w x d x h) 2530 x 1495 x 1280 mm (99.6″ x 58.9″ x 50.4”)
Environment (CtP and autoloader)
Temperature range Recommended: 18-26 °C
Humidity range 40-70 % RH (no condensation)
Power Single-phase 220-240V, 32A
Model
N8-90 E
Imaging technology GLV 512 beams
Laser type 830 nm thermal laser diodes
Recording system External drum
Press punch optional, max 6 sets
Resolution
1200 dpi yes
2400 dpi yes
2540 dpi yes
4000 dpi factory option
4800 dpi factory option
Throughput
Throughput pph, 1030 x 800 mm, 2400 dpi Energy Elite Eco 36
Plate loading & unloading configuration
Manual loading yes
Semi-manual loading n/a
Automatic (autoloader) yes
Pallet loader yes
Manual unloading yes
In line unloading yes
Plate characteristics
Min. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
304 mm x 293 mm (11.9″ x 11.5″)
Max. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
1165 mm x 938 mm (45.9″ x 36.9″)
Thickness 0.15 mm-0.3 mm (6-12 mil, options for 0.4 mm support available)
Max. exposure size (along drum x around drum)
*with punch connection kit (When the 8 mm clamp is set, the maximum drum rotation speed will be limited to 600 rpm. When the 8mm clamp is not installed, the leading edge clamp is 12 mm and the tail edge clamp is 12 or 8 mm.
1165 mm x 938 mm (45.9” x 36.9”) (grip 6/6mm)
Dimensions
Weight 1115 kg (2453 lb)
Size (w x d x h)  2640 mm x 1475 mm x 1394 mm (103.9″ x 58.1″ x 54.9″)
Environment (CtP and autoloader)
Temperature range Recommended: 18-26 °C
Humidity range 40-70 % RH (no condensation)
Power Single-phase 200-240V,  30A
Model
N8-90 S
Imaging technology GLV 512 beams
Laser type 830 nm thermal laser diodes
Recording system External drum
Press punch optional, max 6 sets
Resolution
1200 dpi yes
2400 dpi yes
2540 dpi yes
4000 dpi factory option
4800 dpi factory option
Throughput
Throughput pph, 1030 x 800 mm, 2400 dpi Energy Elite Eco 48
Plate loading & unloading configuration
Manual loading yes
Semi-manual loading n/a
Automatic (autoloader) yes
Pallet loader yes
Manual unloading yes
In line unloading yes
Plate characteristics
Min. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
304 mm x 293 mm (11.9″ x 11.5″)
Max. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
1165 mm x 938 mm (45.9″ x 36.9″)
Thickness 0.15 mm-0.3 mm (6-12 mil, options for 0.4 mm support available)
Max. exposure size (along drum x around drum)
*with punch connection kit (When the 8 mm clamp is set, the maximum drum rotation speed will be limited to 600 rpm. When the 8mm clamp is not installed, the leading edge clamp is 12 mm and the tail edge clamp is 12 or 8 mm.
1165 mm x 938 mm (45.9” x 36.9”) (grip 6/6mm)
Dimensions
Weight 1115 kg (2453 lb)
Size (w x d x h)  2640 mm x 1475 mm x 1394 mm (103.9″ x 58.1″ x 54.9″)
Environment (CtP and autoloader)
Temperature range Recommended: 18-26 °C
Humidity range 40-70 % RH (no condensation)
Power Single-phase 200-240V,  30A
Model
N8-90 XT
Imaging technology GLV 1024 beams
Laser type 830 nm thermal laser diodes
Recording system External drum
Press punch optional, max 6 sets
Resolution
1200 dpi yes
2400 dpi yes
2540 dpi yes
4000 dpi n/a
4800 dpi n/a
Throughput
Throughput pph, 1030 x 800 mm, 2400 dpi Energy Elite Eco 70
Plate loading & unloading configuration
Manual loading yes
Semi-manual loading n/a
Automatic (autoloader) yes
Pallet loader yes
Manual unloading yes
In line unloading yes
Plate characteristics
Min. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
304 mm x 293 mm (11.9″ x 11.5″)
Max. plate size (along drum x around drum)
*optional with punch connection kit
**optional without punch connection kit
1165 mm x 938 mm (45.9″ x 36.9″)
Thickness 0.15 mm-0.3 mm (6-12 mil, options for 0.4 mm support available)
Max. exposure size (along drum x around drum)
*with punch connection kit (When the 8 mm clamp is set, the maximum drum rotation speed will be limited to 600 rpm. When the 8mm clamp is not installed, the leading edge clamp is 12 mm and the tail edge clamp is 12 or 8 mm.
1165 mm x 938 mm (45.9” x 36.9”) (grip 6/6mm)
Dimensions
Weight 1115 kg (2453 lb)
Size (w x d x h)  2640 mm x 1475 mm x 1394 mm (103.9″ x 58.1″ x 54.9″)
Environment (CtP and autoloader)
Temperature range Recommended: 18-26 °C
Humidity range 40-70 % RH (no condensation)
Power Single-phase 200-240V,  30A

Related products

Plate loading automation

N8-AL E (for N8-30 S/XT and N8-90 E/S)
Plate capacity 100 plates (0.15 mm – 0.3 mm)
Number of cassettes none (plates are positioned on the table)
Min./max. plate size 1165 mm x 950 mm (45.9″ x 37.4″) / 304 mm x 305 mm (11.9″ x 12.0″)
Weight 300 kg  (662 lb)
Size (w x d x h) 1700 mm x 1510 mm  x 1285 mm (66.9″ x 59.4″ x 50.6″), when connected directly to Avalon N8-30
N8-AL S (for N8-30 S/XT and N8-90 E/S/XT)
Plate capacity 100 plates (0.15 mm – 0.3 mm)
75 plates (0.4 mm)
Number of cassettes 1
Min./max. plate size 1165 mm x 940 mm (45.9″ x 37.0″) / 304 mm x 370 mm (11.9″ x 14.6″)
Weight 600 kg (1323 lb)
Size (w x d x h) 1827 mm x 2351 mm  x 1530 mm (71,9″ x 91,1″ x 60,2″)
N8-AL M (for N8-30 S/XT and N8-90 E/S/XT)
Plate capacity 100 plates (0.15 mm – 0.3 mm)
75 plates (0.4 mm)
Number of cassettes 3 (upgrade to 5)
Min./max. plate size 1165 mm x 940 mm (45.9″ x 37.0″) / 304 mm x 370 mm (11.9″ x 14.6″)
Weight  1160 kg  (2557 lb) 5 cassettes
1088 kg (2381 lb) 3 cassettes
Size (w x d x h) 3345 mm x 2351 mm  x 1530 mm (131,7″ x 91,1″ x 60,2″)
Expert Loader (for N8-90 S/XT)
Plate capacity Pallet: 1200 plates (0.3 mm – 0.4 mm)
Cassette: 100 plates (0.15 mm – 0.4 mm)
Number of cassettes 1 or 2
Min./max. plate size 740 mm x 605 mm (29.1″ x 23.8″) (500 mm x 400 mm (19.7″ x 15.7″) with cassette) / 1165 mm x 950 mm (45.9″ x 37.4″)
Weight 750 kg (1654 lb)
Size (w x d x h) 2930 mm x 1850 mm x 1550 mm (2395 mm with open hood) (115.4″ x 72.8″ x 61.0″
(94.3″ with open hood))