PressTune

Take total control with Agfa Graphic’s comprehensive PressTune print standardization tool. Benefit from more accurate, consistent colors, faster make-ready times, lower ink consumption, smoother approvals and an overall increase in efficiency and productivity.

PressTune

Overview

PressTune is a comprehensive and unique print standardization solution that guarantees color consistency and ensures that printing jobs meet ISO, G7, and even client-specific standards. It increases productivity by lowering ink and paper consumption, significantly reducing make-ready time and improving communication between prepress operator, quality management and print buyers.

How is this possible? PressTune contains powerful analytics capabilities, based on lab values obtained through spectrophotometer measurement tools. This vital print and color data is collected straight from the printing press, and enables the objective evaluation of printing jobs related to specific standards. By doing away with subjective evaluations, print plants can operate in a standardized way and get more jobs done in less time. What’s more, this unique solution operates independently of printing technology and press manufacturer.

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Report to the stakeholders

As a quality-managed network solution, PressTune reports in real time to each stakeholder.

  • Printing press operators can monitor key elements that influence print quality such as ink-water balance, ink pollution, and more, which are displayed on-screen. They can then make adjustments on the fly to maximize overall printing quality and reduce the amount of unusable prints.
  • Quality and plant managers see a clear trend analysis of printing jobs, printing presses, and even individual press operators. This allows them to identify problems, schedule maintenance, and see where additional training is needed.
  • Brand owners and print buyers can check and approve the actual print quality of their orders remotely via PressTune’s customized graphic user interface. This eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming on-premise quality checks, and enhances customer loyalty.
ECO³

ECO³

Agfa Graphics 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!

PressTune and InkTune: a printing power combo

Use PressTune in combination with InkTune, Agfa Graphics’ ink reduction software, for optimum results. The combination of PressTune and InkTune reduces overall ink usage, improves quality and speeds production workflow so both you and your customer benefit. 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.

Key Benefits

  • Set the standards – and always live up to them: PressTune allows printing professionals to measure color reproduction against any identified standard, including ISO 12647, G7, and specific buyer requirements. The pass-fail reporting process and scorecard system certifies that jobs are printed exactly to specification, improving quality and consistency.
  • Avoid wasted prints: By monitoring up to 12 spot colors, PressTune guides operators to adjust the press to remain within tolerances when chemistry, paper, ink and other variables change. In this way, wasted paper is reduced by up to 26% on average.
  • Flexible performance management: PressTune reports across multiple printing technologies, including offset, flexographic, and digital print, and offers unparalleled flexibility in performance management.
  • Reduce make-ready times by up to 40%: By improving communication between prepress, pressroom and quality departments, PressTune ensures that jobs are printed to specification and reprint targets are met. Lower wastage and higher productivity will make a significant improvement to the bottom line.
  • Faster validation: PressTune’s real-time job verification function eliminates the need for clients to be physically present on press sign off, thus saving travel time and costs.
  • Same quality anytime - anywhere: PressTune can be deployed as a cloud-based solution and therefore be rolled out across different printing presses and sites. In this way, it helps you maintain the same consistency and quality, and opens up the possibility of assigning jobs by site to maximize economy and efficiency.
  • Use with any printing technology: Developed by Agfa Graphics, PressTune can be deployed with any prepress workflow solution or printing technology.

Features

Dryback compensation

The process of ink drying can have a significant impact on the end result. As a result, the colors that leave the printer can be different from what the client will see. With its innovative Dryback Compensation technology, PressTune can predict and include drying effects in its calculations, guaranteeing color fidelity without unpleasant surprises and disappointed customers.

Data gathering and feedback

PressTune gathers data from all presses on the network providing an easy to read dashboard for all stakeholders. For example, operators see how to adjust density, pre-press how to update tonal curves and management accesses overall trends. This resulting in faster production and continuous improvement.  

Empowers the Apogee workflow

PressTune establishes two-way communication with Apogee’s prepress workflow:

  • Apogee sends printing job data to PressTune to allow the calibration of the ink keys;
  • PressTune sends data to Apogee (or to any prepress software) to optimize the calibration curve to compensate for dot gain and hit the required standard.

Analysis and predictive maintenance

Thanks to PressTune’s analytic capabilities, it’s easier to optimize press maintenance schedules, ensuring maximum up-time. These analytical tools help diagnose problems with presses, substrates and even operators before they become serious. Use long-term data to demonstrate to customers the print quality supplied to reinforce client loyalty.

Dynamic Density Adjustment Algorithm (DDA)

PressTune’s DDA algorithm provides the best possible density adjustment for each ink key and color, and calculates the adjustment for each new job. Real-time adjustment maintains color consistency throughout the production run and ensures customer standards are always met.

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Related Information

Apogee

Apogee

Innovate, interact, and optimize. That’s the Apogee philosophy with which you stay ahead of the competition. Because quality and efficiency can never be rated too high in the printing business.

InkTune

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.

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