PCI offers a patented laser ablatable film for newer infra-red laser plate imagers with a vacuum system. It offers substantial cost savings in that you no longer need an image setter, just a laser (a $25,000 -$100,000 savings on equipment, not to mention ongoing maintenance and precious metal films), further the process is chemical free. Since the product is competitively priced, the consumer saves on both chemical purchases and waste removal costs. It requires absolutely no processing. The product also has no known shelf life limits.