Product of the Month

Fujifilm Brillia HD PRO-T3

What is it?

The Fujifilm Brillia HD PRO-T3 thermal plate is a processless plate that does not require any form of pre-press processor or finishing unit, or any associated chemicals, chemical waste or energy usage.

Sean Lane, Fuji product manager for offset solutions, explains: "Its main selling point is the massive gain you get from removing the processor from the pre-press operation, which saves time and money and reduces the environmental impact."

By eliminating any form of pre-press development along with the associated chemicals and waste products, Fujifilm claims that the plate is ecologically efficient and can help printers to improve their environmental performance.

Who is it aimed at?

The plate is widely available and Fujifilm says

Screen PlateRite HD 8900

When was the machine launched?

The latest in Screen's PlateRite range of thermal platesetters was unveiled at the end of March, and they started shipping from Japan instantly. Screen managing director Brian Filler says a number of potential customers were forewarned about the release, so they wouldn't miss out. Currently available are the HD 8900 E and S models, which are capable of imaging up to 34 and 43 B1 plates per hour respectively. Plate testing is still ongoing for the high-speed 8900 Z

Trelleborg Vulcan Aqueous blanket

What does it do?

The Vulcan Aqueous blanket is a metal-backed printing blanket for use on web presses involved in newspaper production, and is designed to reduce the low-quality ink transfer and poor registration of colours often associated with coldset printing, and to improve the press's efficiency. It is suitable for use with all conventional inks.

How does it work?

The new blanket features a unique chemical compound on the top layer, which manufacturer Trelleborg Printing Blankets says is more

MGi Meteor DP8700 XL

What is it?

The Meteor DP8700 XL is the latest member of the Meteor toner-based family of four-colour multi-substrate digital presses. The manufacturer says it has proved popular with customers worldwide including commercial printers, plastic card manufacturers, book printers and photo production facilities.

When was it launched?

MGi launched the Meteor DP8700 XL in June this year and debuted the machine at that month's Grafitec show in Paris. Since then, the French manufacturer has showcased the