Agfa releases InkTune and PressTune software

PrintAction Staff
June 28, 2018
By PrintAction Staff
Agfa Graphics says InkTune is designed to reduce ink consumption by up to 30 percent while maintaining or even increasing print quality.
Agfa Graphics says InkTune is designed to reduce ink consumption by up to 30 percent while maintaining or even increasing print quality.
Agfa Graphics announces InkTune and PressTune, calling them tools that will enable “ultimate control” over printing resources and standards, while optimizing performance and lowering total cost-of-ownership. Part of the ECO³ offering, Agfa explains the new offerings will allow users to control all printing elements, from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards through real-time data insights, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer.

Building on grey component replacement (GCR) technology, InkTune substitutes CMY inks with black ink. Integrating into the prepress workflow, InkTune uses Agfa technology such as Dynamic Ink Limit Control and Dynamic Device Link Generation to reduce ink consumption by up to 30 percent, the company says, while maintaining colour fidelity, resulting in reduced drying time. Furthermore, quality levels increase as rosette structures disappear and colour deviations become less visible, Agfa notes.

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The newly introduced PressTune print standardization tool.

The PressTune print standardization tool is designed to drive consistency, productivity and the ability to print to exacting standards, Agfa explains. Through intelligent analytics capabilities applied to print and colour data obtained from the press, PressTune reports in real time across printing technologies to each stakeholder, enabling full transparency of the print production process. As a result, the solution enables issue identification and promotes press maintenance scheduling for brand owners in packaging and commercial print. Agfa says print houses can expect to see a reduction of up to 40 percent as a result of PressTune’s dynamic ink density adjustment.

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