Agfa launches SPIR@L technology for heatset and coldset printing

SPIR@L is Agfa Graphics’ latest patented screening technology that replaces traditional dots with alternative shapes to increase print quality while reducing production costs. It’s the latest addition to Agfa’s ECO³ program, which focuses on “economy, ecology and extra convenience.” Applicable to both commercial and newspaper printing, it makes it possible to hold dots from press to paper ranging from 1% to 99% “without any additional effort, guaranteeing vibrant colours and sharp images,” said the OEM.

Erik Peeters.

Due to the shape of the screen, print artifacts such as image slur or smaller CtP imaging artifacts become invisible. As confirmed by several early adopters, this new screen avoids colour contamination in the blue colour range, yielding a higher quality reproduction. Due to the nature of the dot shape, the ink layer is reduced, which positively impacts drying time or energy consumption, said Agfa.

“The concept behind SPIR@L is simple but brilliant,” said Erik Peeters, Market Manager for Commercial Print at Agfa. “We replaced the traditional dot used in printing with a more efficient spiral shape. That way, print jobs require less ink to fill in the exact same space, resulting in a crystal-clear image and higher press efficiency every time.” SPIR@L also requires no hardware additions to existing presses and workflow set-ups.”

Guy Desmet.

As mentioned previously, SPIR@L is a crucial element of Agfa Graphics’ ECO3 program. “In designing and creating solutions based on hardware, software and consumables, Agfa focuses on ecology, economy and extra convenience (ECO³) to make prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to manage and maintain,” the company added. “SPIR@L adheres to Agfa’s ECO³ philosophy by improving quality and saving our customers time and money,” said Guy Desmet, Head of Marketing Offset Solutions at Agfa.

Agfa Graphics Canada is located in Mississauga, Ontario.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.