13 Oct A Look at the AGFA Azura CX125 Clean-Out Unit
After being introduced to the marketplace in 2012, the AGFA Azura CX125 Won a “Top Product Award” from Quick Printing’s inaugural 2013 Readers’ Choice Top Product Awards
AGFA was born 150 years ago before illustrator William Kurtz patented the first color-separation technique relying on a combination of three separate plates — cyan, magenta and yellow. Prior to the company registering as Aktien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrikation, or AGFA for short, proprietors began a color dye factory in Rummelsburger, Berlin. Through the centuries, AGFA has continued to stay up to speed with printing trends, creating new products and solutions. Last year, the firm adopted a new structure, grouping its activities into four divisions — Offset Solutions, Digital Print and Chemicals, Radiology Solutions and Healthcare Information Technology (IT) — to meet the business in healthcare and industrial applications. Today, AGFA’s headquarters and parent company are located in Mortsel, Belgium, and operates wholly owned sales organizations in more than 40 countries.
In 2012, AGFA unveiled its Azura CX125 Clean-Out Unit (COU) at Drupa, the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world. A year later, readers of Quick Printing magazine voted the CX125 as a Top Product of the industry.
“Our goal is to help commercial printers be more profitable and grow,” said Dave Carey, who was in product marketing with AGFA Graphics North America at the time. “Our market leading Azura TS plate combined with the Azura CX125 COU offers print service providers a stable, easy-to-use, and sustainable solution. Fewer cleanings and lower replenishment means greater convenience and lower cost of ownership saving time and money in high production environments.”
Compared to previous models, the Azura CX125 yields a 60% reduction in gum consumption. The COU is based on cascade technology producing higher-volume from chemistry-free thermal plates and cleans each plate. The primary clean out is carried out first after which the plate passes to Section 2 where a small volume of water is added to compensate for evaporation of the gum. The CTP accommodates plate widths up to 49.2″, can handle plate volumes up to 400,000 ft² — which is 50,000 m2 of plates a year — and has a bath life up to 70,000 ft² which reduces the maintenance required. The cascading clean-out technology also lower waste costs because the pH-neutral, water-based gum circulates between two shallow trays, increasing the clean-out efficiency and reducing gum consumption.
Buyers can choose from two models of the Azura CX125 — a CTP connected online with the plate setter, or a stand-alone unit. Neither system requires a developer or replenisher because everything is pre-set.
- Minimizes water and gum usage
- Rinsing water is not required
- Small ecological footprint
- Easy to use
- Significantly reduces waste
- Low maintenance
- Cascading Clean-Out Unite technology
- Eliminates many process variables such as, temperature, pH, conductivity, dwell time and replenishment
- Operates in daylight and is always fully functional
- Includes a state-of-the-art interface
- Feed table
- Exit table
- Drip tray
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