Agfa releases InkTune and PressTune to reduce production costs

InkTune comparison dashboard.
InkTune comparison dashboard.

Agfa Graphics has announced the release of InkTune and PressTune software to facilitate better control over printing resources and standards, optimize performance, reduce production costs and lower total cost of ownership. These intelligent tools are important elements of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ offering and give printers complete control over all printing elements – from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards, all while reducing production costs. Real-time data insights into print quality drive these capabilities, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer, said the OEM. In designing and creating solutions based on hardware, software and consumables, Agfa Graphics focused on ecology, economy and extra convenience (ECO³) to make prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to manage and maintain. Bottom line: The ECO³ solutions drive extra value in a printing business.

InkTune: cost savings plus quality boosts. Building on grey component replacement (GCR) technology, InkTune dynamically substitutes CMY inks with black ink. As an intuitive software solution that’s fully integrated into the prepress workflow, InkTune uses Agfa-unique technology such as Dynamic Ink Limit Control and Dynamic Device Link Generation to maximize ink reduction up to 30%, while maintaining colour fidelity. The reduction of ink not only has a positive impact on cost savings, it also increases overall production efficiency as drying time is reduced. Furthermore, quality levels increase as rosette structures disappear and colour deviations become less visible.

Erik Peeters.
Erik Peeters.

“InkTune eliminates the choice between the reduction of ink, time, and drying powder on the one hand, and high-quality prints on the other hand,” said Erik Peeters, Global Marketing Manager of Software Solutions at Agfa Graphics. “Customers can now achieve all these benefits through the software’s built-in intelligent adjustment of ink consumption. InkTune allows them to shorten press set-up times, and cut costs of all print-related resources, achieving the lowest total cost of ownership on the market. It’s easily set up and requires no additional investment in training or hardware,” Peeters added.

PressTune Dashboard.
Sample PressTune Dashboard.

PressTune: a “new benchmark” in smart print process control. As a print production tool, PressTune drives consistency, productivity and the ability to print to exacting standards, said Agfa. As the required print quality standard is reached faster by means of dynamic ink density adjustment and a data-driven scoring mechanism incorporating dry-back compensation, make-ready times “can be reduced by up to 40% – which in turn leads to less waste.”

Through intelligent analytics’ capabilities applied to print and colour data obtained from the press, PressTune also reports in real time across printing technologies to each stakeholder, for full transparency of the print-production process. It enables issue identification and optimized press maintenance scheduling. The solution’s easy-to-read dashboard makes it simple to generate print-quality reports for brand owners in packaging and commercial print, and allows for remote quality assurance.

“Together, PressTune and InkTune enable significant cost savings by reducing ink use, boosting quality and accelerating your production workflow,” Peeters continued. “In fact, PressTune provides InkTune with the perfect foundation to optimize ink consumption by delivering quality consistence. Both PressTune and InkTune are central to our ECO³ offering, embodying sustainable innovation that focuses on ecology, economy, and extra convenience for the customer.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.