Agfa releases new Attiro Cleaning Module to reduce prepress maintenance

The module adds to the ease of use of Agfa’s violet platemaking technology in prepress.

Agfa has added a cleaning module to its Attiro clean-out unit for violet newspaper printing plates, that significantly reduces the maintenance frequency required for the unit. The Attiro Cleaning Module gives newspaper printing companies the freedom to clean their Attiro clean-out unit after 12,000 m² of printing plates. This reduces the workload for most users to a maximum of three or four full cleaning interventions per year. The module adds to the ease of use of Agfa’s violet platemaking technology (Avatar V-ZH and N95-VCF) in combination with the OEM’s Attiro clean-out units. The Attiro Cleaning Module can be implemented in all existing Attiro units and is available to all Agfa plate users.

Rainer Kirschke.

“Prepress staff of newspaper printers worldwide highly appreciated Agfa’s Attiro cascade clean-out unit, which is characterized by a minimal use of clean-out fluid, easy maintenance, and limited energy consumption,” said Rainer Kirschke, Market Manager of Newspapers for Agfa. “In addition, the system’s small footprint makes it possible to move plate production closer to the press console for higher efficiency. In line with our ECO³ strategy, the new Attiro Cleaning Module makes this plate production solution even more ecological, economical and convenient.”

German newspaper printer Main-Post is an early adopter of the Attiro Cleaning Module. “The results of the automated cleaning process are excellent,” said Thomas Gabel, Production Manager. “The Attiro Cleaning Module enables us to expand the cleaning cycle from 8,000 to 12,000 m². This reduces our workload and cost, as well as products to clean the processor. The two automated intermediate cleanings can be executed with a simple push on the Attiro COU display.”