Patent Number: 6,165,691

Title: Method for lithographic printing by use of a lithographic printing plate provided by a heat sensitive non-ablatable wasteless imaging element and a fountain containing water-insoluble compounds

Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a method for lithographic printing comprising the following steps:preparing a lithographic printing plate by image-wise laser exposing a heat-sensitive non-ablatable wasteless imaging element comprising a compound capable of transferring light into heat and having on a support as top layer a heat sensitive image forming layer comprising a heat-switchable binder which layer becomes more hydrophilic or more hydrophobic under the action of image-wise laser exposure;mounting said printing element on the press prior to or after the exposure; andapplying a fountain solution and ink, characterized in that said fountain solution comprises at least one water insoluble compound selected from the group consisting of silica, alumina, titanium oxide, tin oxyde, china clay, smectic clay and zirconium oxide.

Inventors: Damme; Marc Van (Heverlee, BE), Hunsel; Johan Van (Alken, BE), Vermeersch; Johan (Deinze, BE), Hendrikx; Peter (Hamont-Anchel, BE)

Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert, N.V.

International Classification: B41C 1/10 (20060101); B41N 3/08 (20060101); B41N 3/00 (20060101); G03F 007/004 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013