Ken-Ichi Shimazu - Briarcliff Manor NY Kevin B. Ray - Fort Collins CO John Kalamen - Loveland CO
Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC - Norwalk CT
430152, 430156, 430160, 430306
Vesicular images are formed by thermal imaging of imageable layers containing thermally imageable vesicular imaging compositions. The vesicular images can be used as masks for imaging printing plate precursors. In one aspect, a printing plate precursor made up of a flexible substrate; a photosensitive layer that contains a negative working photosensitive composition; an optional barrier layer; and the imageable layer is thermally imaged to produce an integral mask. Blanket exposure through the mask with ultraviolet and/or visible radiation followed by development produces a printing plate. The method is especially suited for the production of flexographic printing plates.
A negative-working imageable element has an imageable layer that includes an infrared radiation absorbing dye that upon exposure to thermal irradiation, changes from colorless to a visible color or from one visible color to another visible color, providing a ΔE of at least 5 between the exposed and non-exposed regions of the imageable layer within 3 hours of its exposure to 300 mJ/cmat a laser power of 15 Watts. The imageable element can be imaged to provide images with improved contrast for print-out. The imageable layer includes a primary polymeric binder that has a backbone to which are attached pendant poly(alkylene oxide) side chains, cyano groups, or both, and is optionally present in the form of discrete particles.
Photosensitive Polymer Composition Containing Photosensitive Polyamide And Negative Working Photosensitive Element
Thap DoMinh - Rochester NY John Kalamen - Loveland CO
Kodak Polychrome Graphics, LLC - Norwalk CT
G03F 7028 G03F 7038 G03F 709
A photosensitive composition can be used to prepare negative-working photosensitive elements such as lithographic printing plates. The composition includes a first photocrosslinkable aromatic resin having photocrosslinkable groups and a number average molecular weight of at least about 1500. Also included is a polymerizable monomer, a photocrosslinkable polyester and a photoinitiator. The photosensitive resins are present at a total weight ratio to the monomer of at least 1. 5:1.
Gary R. Miller - Fort Collins CO, Melanie A. Roth - Loveland CO, Heidi M. Munnelly - Windsor CO, Anthony P. Kitson - Greeley CO, Scott A. Beckley - Windsor CO, John Kalamen - Loveland CO, Oliver Piestert - Schwetzingen,
G03G 9/12 G03F 7/20
4301084, 4301081, 430302
A concentrated developer can be prepared with less than 60 weight % water and still remain in a single phase with little or no haze or precipitation. This developer concentrate also includes a water-soluble or water-miscible organic solvent, one or more alkyl ether carboxylic acid, coconut oil alkanolamine, coconut fatty alcohol polyglycol ether, β-naphtholethoxylate, and block propylene oxide-ethylene oxide in an amount of at least 0.1 and up to 50 weight % solids, and optionally an alkyl naphthalene sulfonate in an amount of up to 40 weight % solids. The developer concentrate can be diluted up to 80:1 or greater with water and used to process imaged lithographic printing plate precursors.
Preparation Of A Printing Plate Using An Ink Jet Technique
Kevin Ray - Fort Collins CO, John Kalamen - Loveland CO,
A method for forming an image useful as a lithographic printing plate using an ink jet technique is disclosed. An imageable precursor that comprises an overlayer over a substrate is imaged with an imaging agent and developed with water or fountain solution. The overlayer comprises a thiosulfate-containing polymer. The imaging agent is a polar organic liquid comprising at least one functional group selected from hydroxyl, cyano, and lactone. The method retains the advantages of using data in digital form, yet does not require expensive and complex equipment for imaging. The imaged precursor can be developed with water or on press using fountain solution.
Thermally Sensitive, White Light Safe Mask For Use In Flexography
The present invention provides a thermally imageable film having at least one thermally degradable binder, at least one infrared absorber, and additives. The thermally imageable film is transparent and remains transparent when exposed to white light wavelengths of about 390 to 750 nm or ultraviolet light wavelengths of about 190 to 390 nm. Upon imagewise exposure to infrared thermal radiation, the thermally imageable film forms an opaque area at the point of contact with the IR thermal radiation, the opaque areas of the film being ultraviolet light impermeable. The present invention also provides for a mask precursor or a relief printing plate precursor where the thermally imageable layer is coated directly onto a substrate as well as a method of making a mask or a relief printing plate using the thermally imageable film.
Ionic Liquids As Dissolution Inhibitors In Imageable Elements
Thermally imageable elements useful as lithographic printing plate precursors are disclosed. The elements comprise a top layer over a support. The top layer comprises a phenolic resin and an ionic liquid.
Two-Layer Imageable Composition Including Non-Volatile Acid In Bottom Layer
The present invention provides an imageable composition, which includes a bottom layer including a first strong, non-volatile acid having a pKa of not more than about 8 and coated thereon a top layer including an acid curable composition, an acid generator, an infrared absorber and optionally a colorant. The present invention further provides an imageable element, which includes a substrate and an imageable composition according to the present invention coated on a surface of the substrate. Also provided is method of producing an imaged element according to the present invention.