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13315Re: [PPLetterpress] Photopolymer with 'moving' parts

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  • Patricio Gatti
    Dec 3, 2012
      Lola, como dice Gerald posiblemente tus lámparas pueden estar un poco agotadas, que platemaker tienes? cómo lavas? y cómo montas la película? 
      Igual, la imagen que mandás es muy rara, nunca había visto que la letra se desplace... cuando falta luz el talud se estrecha y las líneas largas se desprenden y zigzaguean... vuelan los serif y los puntos... 
      En mi caso para los Jet de 0,94 le pongo 7 minutos de insoladora... tenemos dos platemakers distintos, uno italiano y otro argentino, y en ambos nos funciona el mismo tiempo, si las placas fueran miraclon con la mitad de tiempo en nuestros equipos está ok.
      (Para secar te recomiendo usar un secador de pelo antes del horno, 10' a 80º es mucho!, al final termino con 10', ahí lo que sobra no daña!)
      Conocés a mis amigos Plomez y a Lola Espinosa, hasta el momento eran mis colegas y amigos peninsulares?
      Salú, p
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Gerald Lange <Bieler@...>
      To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:37:58 -0800
      Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Photopolymer with 'moving' parts


      Your exposure time seems about right to me. But you really do need to
      test the exposure time with a 21 steps grey scale. With a hardness
      rating of 67 you should get a reading of 14-15 as solid—that means the
      14-15 boxes are not washed out or corroded (13 or below should be washed
      out). Exposure times can vary dependent upon the condition of your
      bulbs/ballasts. Fine lines or dots might need a slightly longer exposure

      Basically, you are not giving enough time to build a decent structural
      relief if your exposure/washout are out of sync and imaging is drifting.
      You do not have to back-exposure this plate, the manufacturer has
      already done that.

      You washout can vary quite a bit dependent upon bath temp, machine,
      brushes, etc. Mainly you want a clean floor with no undercutting of the
      surface imaging.

      Post exposure should be the same or longer than the main exposure. I
      usually do about 1.5x.

      It is difficult to "read" the validity of a plate immediately after
      washout because clinging moisture can cause optical distortion. Your
      drying temp seems high. Specs sheet recommends 60-70 C. I'm not sure if
      that is the problem but lower the temp and see if that helps.


      On 12/3/12 1:58 PM, tinglado_letterpress wrote:
      > Dear list members,
      > I am using KF95 PP, processing the plate as follows: exposure: 200 s, wash out: 240 s / 21 ºC, dry out: 10 min at 80 ºC and post exposure 300 s.
      > The main problem is that some letters (body size 6 pt) are pushed out of its possition in the PP. Please, check this picture to see what I mean ( http://flic.kr/p/dyigw8). I checked it after wash out and they seem to be at the correct position. Do you think that it could be something related to the dry out process? Do you think that a bit of back exposure could fix the exposed photopolymer to the plastic base?
      > The problem only happens with the '1' and the 'l' characters.
      > I am in trouble, because it happens every time I try to process this work.
      > Please, help!!!! :-)
      > Thank you in advance and regards,


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