SONORA NEWS Process Free Plates

Free to be processor free

Get to press faster by streamlining your production with KODAK SONORA NEWS Plates. Enjoy fast imaging speeds, increased consistency, and additional time from not processing plates. Giving you enhanced productivity to increase efficiency and reduce the risk of press downtime.


Non ablative, negative working (write-the-image), thermal digital plate with Kodak's press ready technology


Short to medium-high run newspaper and coldset web publication printing

Spectral sensitivity

800 - 850 nm

Laser energy required

150 mJ/cm2 on KODAK Platesetters with KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology;
175 mJ/cm2 on KODAK ACHIEVE NEWS Platesetters


3% to 97% @ 150 lpi
Dependent upon capability of imaging device.

FM capability

36-micron stochastic
Dependent upon screening algorithms. For optimum FM performance, Kodak recommends KODAK STACCATO Screening on devices with KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology.

Run length

Up to 200,000 impressions in typical coldset web applications
Actual run length may vary according to press, ink and paper conditions.


The plate can be handled before and after imaging safely for:

  • Up to 1 hour under white light
  • Up to 8 hours under C20 - UV Cut
  • Up to 24 hours under G-10 yellow light