Save Money with Our Chemfree CTP Violet Plates

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If you are currently using a ctp violet plate that requires plate developer, replenisher and gum/finisher, it’s time you take a look at our Chemfree CTP Violet Plates. The cost of the chemfree violet plate is usually very competitive with even the cheapest violet plate that requires a plate developer, replenisher and gum/finisher. But where you’ll see a significant savings is in the chemistry.

Let’s say you are a small to medium size newspaper with an ECRM Mako CtP system and a Glunz & Jensen Raptor 68 plate processor. You use approximately a thousand 23 1/16″ x 35″ .008 violet plates per month that require developer, replenisher and gum. If you replace that plate with our chemfree plate and gum, you will totally eliminate the cost of developer and replenisher, and your yearly cost for gum will only be about $1,200. This is probably 1/3 of what you are paying yearly for developer, replenisher and gum/finisher.

We just recently did a cost analysis for a small newspaper using only 300 plates per month. In this instance our chemfree plate was actually about $0.15 more per plate or $540 more per year than what they are currently paying for plates. However, when we calculated what they are spending in plate chemistry, (developer, replenisher, finisher/gum) they are spending over $2,000 more per year than what they would be spending on our chemfree gum, remember our chemfree plate requires no developer or replenisher.

In addition to saving money on chemistry, customers have let us know about these advantages when replacing the development/replenisher with the VCF plate and Chemistry Free Gum. Below is a summary of the key benefits:

  • The VCF chemistry free plates can be use with existing violet CTP and processors systems. No hardware changes are required.
  • The CF Gum is much easier to work with by operators and much easier to clean up when a full change is required. Customers have indicated that they have saved approximately 50% time on clean up.
  •  A neutral (PH 7) gum normally does not have to be processed before disposing. Customers have been able to turn off their Metafix type devises saving both a step and additional chemistry for the unit to process developer before dumping.
  • The CF plate can use a Water Top-Up method to lower chemistry free gum costs and extend the life of the gum in the processor for the clean up phase.

In a summary, the VCF plates are easier to work with and remove many of the requirements on disposal of the higher PH developer chemistry.

Let us do a plate cost analysis for you to see how much money and time we can save you by switching to our chemfree violet plate. Call us for your cost analysis 864.269.9662

Double Sided Conventional Plates

If you are still using double sided metal plates you may be finding that you are waiting longer than normal to receive them from your current supplier. Or you may not be able to get them at all. The reason is that all but one of the plate manufacturers have discontinued double sided conventional plates and it looks like the one remaining is soon to follow. It is our estimate that within the next couple of months the only double sided conventional plates you will find are the ones that your current supplier already has in their inventory. Our suggestion would be if you use double sided plates order as many as you can find because it won’t be long until they’re no longer available.