SolidTune

Optimize ink consumption, improve print quality and speed up production
SolidTune ink saving technology

Take a leap in productivity with Agfa’s new SolidTune software which sets new standards in offset production. By introducing a quality-improvement step into the rendering process, this intelligent tool will accelerate your business and set you apart from the competition.

SolidTune is a new breakthrough software solution that delivers savings in ink by an average of 3% in offset printing to meet demands for cost-effective and sustainable production methods. A unique algorithm optimizes solids and text after screening, before platemaking. By lowering ink consumption, reducing unwanted downtime, and enabling faster press speeds, printers will reap considerable productivity gains and a competitive advantage with SolidTune.

Key benefits

  • Achieve ink savings of up to 3% on average
  • Prevent paper web breaks and unwanted downtime
  • Thinner solid ink film makes drying faster
  • Faster printing speeds for higher productivity
  • Speed up overall production times for faster delivery
  • Save on energy for improved sustainability

Features

Lower ink consumption by 3%

Reduce the amount of ink needed to achieve the same high print quality, with tightly controlled patterning in the solids and text.

Best-in-class image quality

Using unique edge protection, the algorithm leaves the edges of dots intact for a crisper cleaner print.

Cleaner printing

With less chance of fibers being plucked from the top paper layer and sticking to the ink roller, you can ensure the print result looks its absolute best.  

Speed up production

With SolidTune, presses can run faster and the ink dries quicker, which means you can move to finishing sooner. This improves productivity while significantly reducing your energy consumption and overall costs.

Compatible with SPIR@L screening

SolidTune works optimally in conjunction with Agfa SPIR@L screening technology for additional savings on ink. Simply choose the option as the final step in the rendering process. 

SolidTune & SPIR@L
SolidTune for newspaper printing

Offset packaging printers can produce boxes and displays with the benefit of a much faster drying process, which means less costs on warehousing and faster delivery 

SolidTune for heatset printing

Heatset offset printers will use less energy for drying, making the production of books, magazines, catalogs, flyers and commercial print cheaper and more sustainable.

SolidTune for newspaper printing

Coldset offset printers who produce newspapers and paperback books will see ink usage drop, fewer web breaks and less see-through. SolidTune allows you to print on thinner paper, which will reduce costs.

How it works

SolidTune is a technique that is embedded in the renderer within the Apogee or Amfortis prepress workflow. During the final stage of rendering a unique algorithm applies a randomized pattern or mask on solids, dots and text.

SolidTune & ABS

Example of ABS screening with SolidTune applied (click to enlarge)

SolidTune & SPIR@L

Example of SPIR@L screening with SolidTune applied (click to enlarge)

Compared to traditional clipping curve techniques, SolidTune is better controlled and preserves the edges to produce ultra-sharp solids, text and unbroken lines. It is a very user-friendly and simple-to-use solution. Once installed, the SolidTune presets can be activated by ticking the appropriate check box in your Apogee or Amfortis job ticket.

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