EARLY adopters in the packaging industry of Agfa's new Sublima XM (cross-modulated) screening technology have reported significant print quality improvements and cost savings.
Sublima combines the best features of AM (amplitude modulation) and FM (frequency modulation) screening to provide higher resolutions, better tonal quality and finer detail than AM screening alone.
Agfa recently surveyed a number of packaging prepress companies and converters, both offset and flexo, who had implemented Sublima screening into their workflow.
Customers reported notably higher quality printing that required little change in prepress and press handling. They also reported significant cost savings and the combination of these benefits, said users, gave them a distinct competitive advantage.
Kris Vangeel, director of Agfa's worldwide packaging business, said Agfa tested Sublima for flexo and offset for a wide number of applications using a variety of substrates - including poly bags, corrugated, and a number of cardboard and label stocks.
"Having heard the results from newspaper and commercial printers around the world we were more than confident Sublima would perform equally well in packaging.
“But we needed confirmation from customers using it on real-life projects. They were amazed by how easy it was to improve quality and impress their customers."
Eticoll, a label printer in the Netherlands, found Sublima so easy to use that the company installed the screening and went right into production.
"It's remarkably easy. Once you define the Sublima screen for a specific press, it just prints. Colours are richer and tints are perfect," said Eticoll production director Marcel Smidt.