08026043 cites 34 patents.

A method of making a lithographic printing plate includes the steps of: a) providing a lithographic printing plate precursor including (i) a support having a hydrophilic surface or which is provided with a hydrophilic layer, (ii) a coating on the support including a photopolymerizable layer, a top layer and, optionally, an intermediate layer between the photopolymerizable layer and the support, wherein the photopolymerizable layer includes a polymerizable compound, a polymerization initiator, and a binder, b) image-wise exposing the coating in a plate setter, c) optionally, heating the precursor in a pre-heating unit, and d) treating the precursor in a gumming station, the gumming station including a first and at least a second gumming unit, wherein the precursor is washed in the first gumming unit by applying a gum solution to the coating thereby removing at least a portion of the top layer, and wherein, subsequently, the precursor is developed in the second gumming unit with a gum solution thereby removing non-exposed areas of the photopolymerizable layer from the support and gumming the plate in a single step.

Method of making a lithographic printing plate
Application Number
Publication Number
8026043 (B2)
Application Date
November 9, 2006
Publication Date
September 27, 2011
Marc Van Damme
Keating & Bennett
Agfa Graphics
G03F 7/00
B41M 5/00
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