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Customer Case  | Moeller Printing, United States  | 06 June 2018

PressTune is helping Moeller Printing improve quality and consistency

Meeting the demands of today’s sophisticated clients with PressTune is giving Moeller a competitive advantage. PressTune is helping Moeller lower its cost of print manufacturing and heighten its profitability.

“We had an ink trapping problem and we didn’t even know it. PressTune was able to diagnose this almost immediately.”

Chuck Moeller, Vice President, Moeller Printing Company


You can’t fix a problem if you don’t even know you have one.

Now, Moeller Printing can capture and collect real-time information to make adjustments on press and even in prepress, identify ways to be more consistently efficient, catch issues before they become problems and track trends over time, which ultimately reduces costs.

A family-owned business in Indianapolis since 1931, Moeller Printing installed PressTune as part of the Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ system. ECO³ is an integrated solution of plates, software and expertise that increases productivity, efficiencies and quality while lowering the total cost of print manufacturing. Moeller uses Azura TU chemistry-free plates for their high volume printing, which eliminates process variables and delivers reliable and consistent results.

PressTune helps Moeller monitor quality, raise print standards and ultimately reduce costs in the pressroom. It is a unique print standardization solution with powerful analytic capabilities. PressTune guarantees color consistency, increases productivity by lowering ink and paper consumption, reduces make-ready waste and improves communication between prepress operator, quality management and print buyers.

“PressTune allows us to take the guesswork out of what we may be missing, and where we may be missing the mark.”

With PressTune, Moeller Printing:

  • Found they were mixing fountain solution incorrectly; they cut back on fountain solution, saving money and improving quality.
  • Decreased their make ready time.
  • Learned they had an issue with calcium build up on their rollers that needed to be addressed.
  • Received key information to maintain plate curves ensuring compliance to published gray balance and dot gain targets. Knew when pulling their first press sheets where they were relative to their print standard thus reducing make ready time.

“We couldn’t rate the sheets in terms of color consistency before. PressTune lets us do that.”

PressTune is getting everyone excited at Moeller Printing, even the press operators who now have a benchmarking tool. “The press guys are often skeptical about anything new. You have to prove it to them. They were gun shy at first, but now they are really excited.”

“There’s not a lot of margin in the work we do. You have to be efficient in every part of your business or you’re not going to make it. We know we have to keep up with current technology and this is a key component.”

Moeller is also testing InkTune, an ink optimization software that improves color stability on press as well as image quality and consistency. As a result, they are realizing new levels of quality and savings by applying this technology to every job. The reduction in ink usage is tangible regardless of the run length.

“We have one thing to sell here and that’s service. Anyone who is left in the printing business today can print. Anyone who didn’t embrace technology is gone. PressTune is providing a huge advantage which we could not afford to put together on our own.”

ECO³

PressTune and InkTune as integral parts of the ECO³ system, are just a few ways Agfa is demonstrating its commitment to sustainable innovation that focuses on ecology, economy and extra convenience. Agfa’s hardware, software and consumables are making prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to operate and maintain.

Learn more about ECO³ and how you can get more value for your entire business at www.eco3.graphics.

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