N95-VCF chemistry-free offset plates combine outstanding lithographic quality with easy handling, excellent durability and eco-friendliness.

N95-VCF belongs to Agfa’s range of photopolymer offset plates for the newspaper industry. Like other violet offset plates, it is sensitized for visible lasers emitting at 405 nm, but, instead of requiring a chemical developer for processing, it is designed for chemistry-free operation.

This chemistry-free plate works with all mainstream violet CtP units currently in use at newspaper print sites across the world. It is the most environmentally-friendly plate on the market. Using a pH-neutral clean-out solution, it saves 100 percent of water and eliminates the usage of developer and replenisher.

Key benefits

  • High robustness on the press (run length, dot gain, press roll-up…)
  • Fast clean-up, make ready and restarts – saves paper waste, time and money
  • Very high image contrast after clean-out and gumming allowing a faultless physical image inspection and as such avoiding confusion or mix-up on press
  • Once cleaned out, the plate is fully daylight-resistant
  • High scratch resistance
  • Suited for high-quality Sublima screening and SPIR@L screening

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Imaging & Processing Principle

During exposure, the violet-laser diode starts the polymerization of the image area, which is completed in the first section of the COU. Subsequently the plate is gummed with a dedicated plate gum, during which process the soft, unexposed non-imaged area is easily and cleanly removed.

Durable Substrate

N95-VCF plates provide a solid foundation for consistent press performance. Advanced electrochemical graining and anodizing yield the reliability and robustness needed on a newspaper press and the durability required for long press runs.

High Performance on Press

Although a chemistry-free plate, press operators will readily accept it as it looks, feels and behaves as any other metal offset plate. With its high contrast, a quick visual check will reveal any possible errors (e.g. imposition). N95-VCF combines fast, accurate and wide-latitude plate exposure with chemistry-free processing, while ensuring predictable, consistent performance on press.

Easy Maintenance and Less Waste

Chemistry-free solutions come with the benefit of a reduced environmental impact. No hazardous processing chemicals are used. The gum is pH-neutral and there is a substantial water saving. Just like with ThermoFuse solutions, violet chemistry-free offers major advantages in maintenance time.


Technical Specs

Plate characteristics
Plate type Negative-working, high-speed, chemistry-free violet-laser offset plate
Coating Photopolymer
Substrate Electrochemically grained and anodized
Spectral sensitivity 405 nm violet-laser diode
Practical sensitivity 27 µJ/cm²
Platesetter compatiblity Most violet platesetters
Image contrast Good. Can be measured with all normal plate readers.
Plate sizes All newspaper sizes, single and broadsheets
Resolution (depending on platesetter)
  • ABS: 2-97 % at 130 lpi
  • Sublima: 0.5-99.5% at 180 lpi
Gauges 0.20 mm, 0.30 mm
Run length Up to 300,000
Up to 100,000 for UV inks
Clean-out gum Violet CF GUM NP or Attiro GUM (for Attiro only)
Replenishment Not required
Bath life (for Attiro) Cleaning of Gum Section 1 required after 4,000 m(6.5 l)
Full cleaning required after 8,000 m(17.6 l)
Processor and clean-out unit Compatible with most polymer processors and clean-out units
Clean-out  speed 0.8-3.0 m/min depending on clean-out unit
Room lighting Yellow
Working conditions Operating temperature 21-25 °C
Relative humidity 40-60 %
Storage conditions Temperature: < 30°C (86°F)
Relative humidity: 40 – 60 %

Related Products

Gums Violet CF Gum
Attiro Gum
Baking gum: Not applicable
Plate correction pen (for unbaked plates) Polymer deletion pen
Plate Cleaner Standard: ANTURA CtP Plate Cleaner
Low-VOC/NON-VOC: ANTURA Low-VOC Plate Cleaner
Cleaning gum: ANTURA CleanGum
Fountain Solutions Sheetfed: Not applicable
Heatset: Not applicable
Coldset: ANTURA Fount CS(H)1
Rehardener: RC611
Roller and blanket washes Xtrawash Plus 40 & 60
Pressroom starter packs Standard: NP starters pack
Hard water: NP starters pack hard water