Thermostar P970

Positive-working printing plate designed for run lengths of more than 1 million impressions after baking, in harsh printing conditions
Thermostar P970

Thermostar P970 is a positive-working printing plate, compatible with all 830 nm platesetters. It offers high-quality thermal imaging and is designed for harsh printing conditions, achieving run lengths of more than 1 million impressions after baking – giving you greater job capacity.

The secret of Thermostar P970? The electrochemically grained and anodized aluminum substrate is manufactured to exacting tolerances and known for its excellent lithographic behavior. The coating layer provides fast imaging, as well as impressive lithographic performance and press durability. In addition, Thermostar P970 is capable of high-resolution printing with a screen ruling of 1 to 99% at 340 lpi. This makes it the perfect ally for a wide range of applications.

Key benefits

  • Fast imaging and exceptional press durability thanks to the coating layer
  • Press runs of more than one million plates when baked
  • Compatible with standard processing chemistry

Features

Simple and convenient

Thermostar P970 lightens the load of your busy workflow by offering you simplicity and convenience. It operates in daylight and uses standard processing chemistry, so it can be used interchangeably with other plates.

Flexibility for changing job requirements

Thermostar plates can deliver more than 1 million impressions when baked – giving you greater job capacity.

High-quality results on press

Thermostar plates are appropriate for a wide range of applications. The high-quality graining and anodizing allows fast start-up and a stable ink/water balance on the longest runs. Thermostar’s high-resolution imaging capability ensures faithful reproduction – even on the most demanding jobs.

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Technical Specs

Plate characteristics
Plate type Positive-working, digital thermal offset plate
Substrate High-quality grained and anodized aluminum
Spectral sensitivity 830 nm (thermal laser diode)
Practical sensitivity 140 mJ/cm²
Platesetter compatibility Compatible with 830 nm platesetters
Image contrast Excellent, can be measured with all available densitometers and plate readers
Plate sizes Length: 450-3147

Width: 480-1590 mm

Resolution
  • ABS: 1-99% at 200 lpi at 2400 dpi
  • Sublima: 1-99% at 340 lpi at 2400 dpi
  • FM 20 µm
Gauges 0.15 mm, 0.20 mm, 0.24 mm, 0.30 mm and 0.40 mm (0.006″, 0.008″, 0.010″, 0.012″ and 0.015″)
Run length (baked) Up to 1,500,000  (UV inks: up to 450,000)
Processing (Conventional positive thermal plate processor)
Developer THD100 developer (also as replenisher)
Rinse water Standard
Gum RC795, RC795A, Unifin, Antura MAM1
Bath life 5,000 m²
Replenishment 110 ml/m²
Environment
Room lighting Daylight
Room conditions (T, RH) 18-24 °C (64-75 °F), < 70% RH
Storage conditions Below 32 °C (90 °F), <70% RH
Plate cleaner Antura CtP Plate Cleaner
Wash-out gum Antura CleanGum
Fountain solution Compatible with all fountain solutions from Agfa Graphics
Roller & blanket washes Compatible with all roller & blanket washes from Agfa Graphics

A chemical passport indicating the most appropriate chemistry is available for all Agfa plates.