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Eastman Kodak | Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates

“A neat solution to a present problem”

Eastman Kodak, a company that says it is continuously working toward innovation in imaging processes, recently presented its latest invention. Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates are unique in that they enable commercial and newspaper printers to completely eliminate the cost and environmental impact associated with processing printing plates. Current equipment needs water, chemicals, and energy to develop the image on the plate before mounting on the press. Kodak’s Sonora Plates go straight to press, eliminating the separate processing step. This eliminates the need to dispose of processing chemistry and conserves the water and energy used in traditional processing. This convenient new process is reducing packaging waste and saving companies on operational expenses, saving water and energy that the traditional process used. An additional benefit is cost savings on cleaning and maintaining the processing equipment.

“Being backed by a major company and likely useable widely, this is a neat solution to a present problem (a process with major impacts in terms of environment) that completely obviates the former technology,” a judge wrote.

Kodak’s goal is to improve the sustainability of both their customers’ businesses and the printing press industry as a whole. Sonora Plates remove both the environmental impact of the processing chemistry, and water and electricity usage during processing. A typical processor weighs 735 kg., measures 1.3 x 3.5 meters, and uses 2,398 liters of chemistry, 40,000 liters of water, and 5,523 kW of electricity annually. With the implementation of Sonora Plates, all costs and environmental impact associated with the life cycle of the processing equipment are eliminated.

Learn more at Eastman Kodak.

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