- A plate is a type of
dishware, being a broad, concave but mainly flat vessel on which food is
- Plates are commonly
made from ceramic materials such as bone china, porcelain and stoneware
as well as other materials like plastic or glass; occasionally, wood or
carved stone is used.
- Disposable plates are
often made from paper.
- Paper is a simple
material. It is essentially a mat held together by a fiberís roughness,
and can be made from almost any fibrous material such as cotton, hemp,
flax, wood or recycled paper.
- Paper plates,
however, refer to a polyester or vinyl plate making process that is not
usually as exact as film-to-metal.
- Paper plates are fine
when the design is simple and absolute registration is not a requirement
(when spot colors do not actually touch), and when the job is going to
be for a run of 5,000 or less images.
- Plastic plates, cups
and cutlery could arguably be considered to be a better alternative for
the environment, since they can be washed and reused, but the reality is
that they are not made for reuse and most consumers do not buy them with
reusability in mind.
- Chemistry-free plates
have already been widely accepted as one of the most important recent
innovations to simplify platemaking in commercial printers.
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- A tested has been
dine with the paper plates for any grease leakage problems by placing a
greasy taquito (a miniature Mexican burrito) in the middle of a paper
and centering the paper plate in the middle of the microwave.
- The cost of plates
can vary widely from plant to plant, from less than $0.80 per square
foot to more than $2.00. The volume-weighted average price paid by the
plants surveyed, adjusted for rebates, is $1.14 per square foot.
- Plate prices can also
vary dramatically by type of plate and, especially, by manufacturer.
- Plate processors can
cost from $20,000 to $40,000 or more, depending on size, vendor, and
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