AGFA :Azura TU

AGFA :Azura TU
Бренд: AGFA

Designed for high-volume printing, Azura TU simplifies platemaking, delivers uncompromising quality and is easy on the environment.

Key benefits

  • Runlength extended up to 150.000 copies in commercial sheet-fed.
  • Higher sensitivity increases platesetter productivity and allows for almost full CtP platesetter throughput on most thermal platesetters.
  • Eliminating developer, replenisher and rinse water reduces waste and disposal costs associated with it.
  • In combination with the Azura CX clean-out unit, water consumption can be reduced by more than 95% in comparison to conventional processing systems.
  • The ThermoFuse™ physical imaging technology guarantees simplicity and convenience under the widest range of conditions.
  • Elimination of process variables leads to reliable, consistent results.
  • Azura TU's strong image contrast allows for simple visual inspection and quality control.
  • Excellent daylight stability allows for standard operating procedures.
  • Printing directly from a gummed aluminum substrate provides wide printing latitude.

Enhanced runlengths, throughput, and sustainability for all sheet-fed commercial printers

Azura TU is a true chemistry-free plate that can handle print runs up to 150.000 copies. Based on Agfa Graphics' award-winning Thermofuse technology, Azura TU outperforms every other plate in its class. If you insist on delivering the highest possible quality, want to dramatically reduce time to press and are concerned for the environment, then this is the plate system for you

Azura TU unexposed

Unexposed Azura TU plate 
The single-layer coating contains 
ink-accepting ThermoFuse™ pearls. 

Azura TU exposed

Exposed Azura TU plate 
The coating absorbs energy from the 830nm imaging head. The ThermoFuse™ pearls fuse 
firmly to each other and bond strongly
to the grained and anodized aluminum base.

Azura TU gummed

Gummed Azura TU plate

Application of the gum washes away the unexposed plate areas and creates a protective layer. 
The Azura TU plate is now ready for printing.

The Azura CX Clean-Out Unit and Azura TU Chemistry-free plates.


True chemistry-free

As the image formation is a physical process, there is no need for developer or replenisher. No chemicals mean less disposal costs, a safer work environment and less waste.

Long bath life

In combination with the Azura CX clean-out unit, an extremely long gum bath life of up to 7.000 m² reduces equipment maintenance to an absolute minimum.

Water saving

When switching from conventional processing to Azura TU, a water reduction of more than 95% can be realized, as no rinse water is required anymore.

Runlengths of up to 150.000 copies

Azura TU puts the power of chemistry-free production into the hands of the most demanding sheet-fed commercial printers. Runlengths of up to 150.000 copies are now in reach with one single plate.

Fast platemaking

A plate sensitivity of 160 mJ/cm² allows for more than 50 B1 plates per hour. Azura TU guarantees maximum CtP plate throughput on most commercial CtP platesetters.

High quality

Azura TU is made of high-quality grade aluminum, allowing to deliver prints with a razor-sharp image quality, up to 240 lpi Sublima screening.

Simplicity and stability

As the Azura TU plate is cleaned out with a simple pH-neutral gum, there are no changing processing parameters like temperature, conductivity or bath life. This results in a reliable and consistent image quality.

Standard operating procedures

Thanks to the unmatched image contrast and excellent daylight stability, standard operating procedures apply. The gum-protected aluminum shows excellent lithographic behavior.

Plate specifications


ThermoFuse™ negative-working


High-quality grained and anodized aluminum

Spectral sensitivity

830nm thermal

Plate sensitivity

160 mJ/cm2 (1)

Platesetter compatibility

Accredited for most common 830nm external drum platesetters

Resolution AM/XM

up to 1-99% at 240 Ipi Sublima    (1)

FM capability

20 un(2)

Daylight resistance

up to 48 hours in full daylight

Image contrast

Excellent. The plates can be measured with all available densitometers and plate readers


High quality commercial sheet-fed and short run web-fed


up to 150.000 copies (3)

Runlength UV

up to 10.000 copies (3)


Not possible


0.15 - 0.20 - 0.24 - 0.30 mm

Shelf life

24 months

(1) depending on imaging device 
(2) depending on imaging device and screening algorithm 
(3) depending on printing conditions 

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