Process-free offset printing plate

Inherent to the nature of a process-free plate, Eclipse eliminates the need for a processor using chemicals. It thus reduces printers’ capex as well as the energy, disposal and maintenance costs in the prepress department, while also gaining them floor space.

Eclipse, however, distinguishes itself from other process-free plates as this drop-in is just as easy to use as a conventional offset plate, combining press purity with excellent and stable image contrast and high scratch resistance. Eclipse is the most convenient process-free plate on the market, eclipsing all others. And it is flexible too, as it can be used with either conventional or H-UV/LED-UV inks.

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Eclipse process free plate 2to3 visual


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Keeps your press clean

Thanks to Eclipse’s process-free technology, the coating of the plate gets transferred to the first few printed sheets, instead of to the fountain, ink or rollers.

Superior and stable image contrast

Eclipse enables quick visual image inspection and recognition by a punch & bending system. This avoids mix-ups on press or costly plate remakes.

Excellent scratch resistance

You can handle Eclipse plate without having to worry about damaging them. Better scratch resistance means less plates need to be remade, less press downtime and faster operations.

Up to 24h office-light stability

Eclipse is the only printing process-free printing plate that still has a great contrast after 24 hours in office light. That means you don’t need to store your plates in dark conditions. That is highly convenient ánd it will save you time!

The plate has a good and stable contrast. There are absolutely no mix-ups on press. Its scratch resistance is great too, and we see no fingerprints on the plate.

Thomas Thomsen, Company Owner - Kandrup Bogtrykkeri
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Eclipse is really easy to handle and enables us to save time, as there are no errors or scratches that might otherwise cause delays in the print production process. The plate also holds the dot very well on press, which allows us to obtain color stability throughout the print run.

Jenny Urquina Motta, General Manager - Litografía Francisco Jaramillo
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The Eclipse plate is as hard-wearing as it is high-quality, even for longer print runs. Thanks to Eclipse, we can offer our customers excactly the quality that they want.

Frank Teso, Owner - Imprimerie Gutenberg
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No mess in your press

Are you worried about processing on press? With Eclipse, you don’t need to be. Eclipse is based on unique ECO3-developed technology that results in distinctive clean-out behavior. Here is how it works:

First of all, you need to know that Eclipse consists of:

  • a scratch-resistant substrate
  • a photolayer
  • a protective overcoat

The plate goes through different steps during the printing process:


The fountain solution makes the overcoat swell.Most of the overcoat and photolayer remain on the plate for now (see edge view image).

Eclipse dampening
Edge view after 10 revolutions of dampening. This image is enlarged 2000 times and shows that the overcoat and photo layer do not dissolve with the fountain solution but are still present.


The plate is covered with ink. There is almost no difference between image and non-image parts, which indicates that the coating is still on the plate. It doesn’t dissolve in the fountain solution nor in the ink.

Eclipse inking
Top view after 10 revolutions of inking. This image is enlarged 2000 times.


Only now is the remaining coating removed from the plate. It gets transferred to the blanket, and finally to the paper. The press stays clean!

Eclipse on printing press
Edge view (2000 x enlarged) after the plate gets in contact with the blanket. Top: no image, bottom: image.

Contrast = convenience = time & cost savings

Eclipse has a superior and stable image contrast, differentiating it from other process-free printing plates. This makes the plate easy to handle:

  • Punch & bending units, as well as plate sorting systems, use a printing plate’s contrast to perform a number of automated tasks.
  • Great contrast also helps operators to mount the plates correctly on the press.
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Contrast immediately after exposure (left: brand A, middle: brand B, right: Eclipse)

In addition, Eclipse’s contrast is stable. Commercial printers often prepare printing plates a number of days before printing. While other process-free plates lose their contrast after a mere two hours, Eclipse keeps its great image contrast thanks to ECO3’s unique and irreversible color-forming mechanism. It does so for a week when stored in a dark box, but also after 24 hours in office light! This is particularly convenient as you don’t need to spend time on storing the plates safely.

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Contrast after one week in dark conditions (storage) (Left: brand A, middle: brand B, right: Eclipse)

A robust plate

Printing plates get handled all throughout the prepress process. Think of loading them into cassettes or straight into the platesetter, putting them in storage, transporting them from the prepress environment to the pressroom, and of course mounting them on the press.

If a plate is not very robust, it might get damaged, and will need to be remade. That might mean stopping the press and losing time and money. For a commercial printing company with a plate consumption of 20,000 m²/year, costs caused by a scratch-sensitive plate can easily amount to €0.40 per m².

Eclipse scratch resistence

No such issues will occur with Eclipse. This plate is highly resistant to scratches as well as fingerprints. That means you can handle it with confidence.

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