InkTune

Reduce ink consumption by up to 30% while maintaining or even increasing print quality: InkTune is your golden ticket to lower cost-of-ownership and higher profitability.

Can cost savings be achieved while preserving or even increasing the quality of prints? InkTune proves that it’s possible. As its name implies, InkTune helps you save on ink costs. But it also does a lot more: it improves color stability on the press, as well as image quality and consistency.

How? By using Grey Component Replacement (GCR), which substitutes expensive CMY inks with the more economical black (K) ink instead. This technique, which requires no extra hardware or user expertise, offers better ink settings, less interference between different inks, higher printing speeds, and faster drying times.

InkTune is a unique solution because it is entirely integrated into the prepress workflow. The software works its magic during the rendering process. In this way, it guarantees that all transparencies are fixed optimally, and creates an ideal environment for the application of GCR. This makes InkTune a cost-effective solution that improves quality and lowers environmental impact.

Key benefits

  • Lower ink consumption by up to 30%
  • Further reduced ink costs through the use of economical black (K) ink
  • Less misregistration of cyan and magenta
  • Improved color consistency and less pronounced rosette structures
  • Less anti-offset powder needed
  • Faster drying times make it possible to start post-press activities (cutting, folding etc.) sooner
  • No additional investment in hardware or knowledge required
  • Less paper waste before press-ready, as a result of better ink setting
Erik Peeters, Marketing Manager Workflow Solutions, explains in detail why PressTune and InkTune will add value to your business.

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Agfa is committed to sustainable innovation that focuses on ecology, economy, and extra convenience—or ECO³. Our hardware, software and consumables make your prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to operate and maintain. The ultimate goal? More value for your entire printing business!

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Features

Higher quality printing

Because there is less information in the color separations, registration errors and rosette structures are less visible, so images appear sharper. Every color transformation is calculated by Agfa Graphics’ patented Advanced CMM (Color Management Module), which uses industry standard or customer ICC profiles. No color deviations are visible when the original color separations of images and text are compared to the InkTuned result.

Increased consistency and stability

InkTune avoids color casts through variations in ink weight on press by producing more consistent greys. Images printed with the use of InkTune technology are consistent throughout the press run, with stable color reproduction under all lighting conditions. In short, InkTune drives superb color consistency as well as improved stability of printing on press.

Improved productivity

InkTune contributes to printing productivity by:

  • shortening press set-up time required to stabilize color tones and neutral grey balance;
  • applying less ink onto the paper, improving ink setting and shortening drying times. As a result, less drying powder is needed, and post-press activities can start sooner.
Lower costs

With InkTune, the total ink coverage used is reduced, and black ink now replaces a proportion of the expensive colored inks previously used. Both factors contribute to substantial cost savings. In commercial print applications, we have measured savings of between 10% and 30%.

PressTune and InkTune:
a printing power combo

Use InkTune in combination with PressTune, Agfa’s smart print management solution, for optimum results. With its powerful process control and analytics capabilities, PressTune helps create the ideal environment for InkTune to work its magic. In addition, the cloud-based PressTune solution allows you to deploy InkTune across different printing sites, greatly enhancing opportunities for cost reduction and promoting consistency across the board. Your clients will love it.

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