AGFA has announced that over 1,000 customers around the world are using Agfa’s advanced :Sublima XM screening solution.
Other segments of the printing industry can now also benefit from Agfa’s award-winning screening technology. :Sublima, the cross modulated screening solution, has been added into Agfa’s workflow, :ApogeeX.
:Sublima has also been expanded to third party CtP engines and its capabilities have been increased on Agfa’s :Galileo platesetters.
:Sublima has now been extended in :ApogeeX rendering solutions. Customers who purchase certain solutions within the :ApogeeX family will also get a base version of :Sublima (200lpi), helping them to raise the quality of their output with no changes on press.
Printing solution providers who run :Agfa’s :ApogeeX workflow, but don’t necessarily have an Agfa platesetter, may also be able to benefit from the advanced :Sublima screening solution. Originally launched as an Agfa-only solution, :Sublima screening can now be used on many CtP devices, giving print providers the ability to offer their customers near photo print quality with no extra effort on press.
Among the systems qualified to use :ApogeeX and :Sublima are those from Screen, Creo (Kodak) and Esko-Graphics.
“Our implementation was really easy, as simple as setting up the curves,” said president, Annan Digital, Toronto, Canada, Paul Annan.
“The production staff noticed the improvement in output quality and were very pleased with the results. Our customers also see a real difference and tell me the screens look so much smoother. They love the detail that we are able to provide using :Sublima.”
:Sublima already works extremely well with Agfa’s own CtP engines, including :Acento, :Palladio, :Advantage, :Polaris, the new :Avalons and the :Xcalibur systems.
:Sublima has also been expanded to include lower and faster resolutions for the :Galileo 8-up platesetters. It now gives :Galileo users the ability to image 255lpi at 1800 and 170lpi at 1200dpi.
:Sublima has also been expanded to offer screen sets specifically designed to meet the demands of high-speed heat-set web environments.
“With traditional AM screens, in order to image at higher frequencies, one generally had to image at 2400dpi,” said Agfa’s senior manager for the Market Development of Digital Solutions and Emerging Technologies, North America, Steve Musselman.
“Now, :Sublima screening and the :Galileo are optimised to deliver higher fidelity, faster throughput and easier performance on press, making users more productive.
“Web printers have had difficulty holding the smaller dots of traditional FM screens. :Sublima now has screen sets where the dot is slightly larger – 28 or 31μ – so the small XM dot in the highlights is not lost in the weave of the paper, or throughout the course of a long run. This avoids costly down-time due to plate remakes.”
“:Sublima also offers higher quality for the heat-set web printer, without the usual overhead suffered with traditional FM screens.,” added Mr Musselman.
:Sublima XM screening produces maximum quality output results. It uses a patented technology to achieve line-screen rulings of up to 340lpi. The system combines the benefits of AM (Amplitude Modulated) screening, which are smooth gradations and highly controllable midtones, with the benefits of FM (Frequency Modulated) screening, which are fine detail rendering in shadows and highlights and continuous tone-like reproduction.
:Sublima XM aligns FM dots along AM paths and replaces AM dots at the precise point where the AM dot can no longer be held on a specific press. The result - smooth transition from one mode to the other with no visible crossover.
:Sublima also takes press characteristics into account so that it will never produce a dot the press cannot hold. As a result, every detail is printed. Process tints, fine lines, even delicate process-build text prints like solids using the four-colour process. Flesh tones are perfectly smooth and colour-accurate.