Afgha Graphics has recently launched its PressTune and InkTune software to lower production costs. PressTune and InkTune are part of Afgha Graphics’ ECO³ offering and provides print houses control over all printing elements while reducing production costs. The design and creation of solutions based on hardware, software and consumable Agfa Graphics concentrates on economy, ecology and extra convenience (ECO³) to ensure prepress and printing operations cleaner, simpler to manage and more cost-effective.
Building on grey component replacement (GCR) technology, InkTune substitutes CMY inks with black ink. InkTune is an intuitive software solution that is entirely integrated into the prepress workflow. It uses Agfa’s unique technology including Dynamic Ink Limit Control and Dynamic Device Link Generation to fully maximize ink reduction up to 30% whilst keeping colour fidelity. Reducing the ink saves significant costs and increases the overall production efficiency since the drying time is reduced. In addition, quality levels increase as rosette structures disappear and colour deviations become less visible. All these benefits are available via the software’s built-in intelligent adjustment of ink consumption. InkTune enables them to reduce press setup times and the costs of all print-related resources which allows them to achieve the lowest total cost of ownership on the market. InkTune is easily set up and requires no additional investment in training or hardware.
On the other hand, PressTune is a print production tool that drives consistency, productivity and can print exacting standards. Since the required print quality standard is attained faster via the dynamic ink density adjustment and a data-driven scoring mechanism that incorporates dry-back compensation. In addition the make-ready times are reduced by nearly 40% which leads to reduced waste. By using intelligent analytics capabilities that are applied to print and colour data obtained from the press, PressTune reports in real time across printing technologies to every stakeholder for full transparency of the print production process. It provides issue identification and optimized press maintenance scheduling.