With its new and patented print screening technology, Agfa takes its ECO³ solutions to the next level. The concept is straightforward but all the more innovative: we replace the traditional ink dot used in offset printing with other more efficient shapes such as spirals. As a result, the ink layer is thinner, positively impacting print quality. The result? A crystal-clear image every time without effort.


Setting a new quality standard in heat-set printing

SPIR@L is Agfa’s latest screening technology. Based on the fundaments of Sublima screening, it lets you hold a 1-99% dot, guaranteeing vibrant colors, reducing image slur or visible computer-to-plate (CTP) artifacts. What’s more, it requires no expensive upgrades for your CTP or printing press. In addition to your InkTune savings for any heat-set applications, SPIR@L impacts the ink layer. High-quality printing has never been more cost-effective.

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Key Benefits

  • Achieve picture-perfect detail at any size
  • Eliminate imperfections such as image slur or minor imaging CTP artifacts
  • Get started easily with no extra investment required
  • Increased printing speed on heatset and coldset presses thanks to the reduced ink layer thickness
  • Pure color reproduction in the blue color range


Picture-perfect print quality

Never compromise on quality again. SPIR@L guarantees high-quality images in the finest detail and brightest colors, all while reducing the ink layer thickness

Eliminates imperfections

No image slur, no visible CTP artifacts: with SPIR@L, you get crystal-clear image rendering every time. No more costly reprints required!

Compatible with InkTune

SPIR@L is compatible with Agfa’s InkTune and PressTune software – which both result in significant ink reduction – and delivers an additional saving leading to a better margin. However, you don’t have to combine SPIR@L with InkTune. All you need to get access to the benefits of SPIR@L is Apogee Prepress.

Improved production speed

As the ink layer is reduced, presses can run faster without spraying the ink. This improves speed and productivity with SPIR@L while significantly reducing your energy consumption and overall costs.

How it works

The new SPIR@L technology begins the printing process by placing a modified minimum ink dot, created in a varying shape, such as a spiral. Thanks to the solution’s smooth transition from positive to negative spirals and minimum white gap, the result is always a high-quality image in vibrant colors. You can set up SPIR@L according to your preferences: different curves and groove area thicknesses can be selected depending on the press and paper used to achieve the high quality print at lowest possible cost.

SPIR@L is only available as a partnership license on Apogee Prepress and requires Agfa plates.


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