SPIR@L is Agfa’s latest patented screening technology for heat-set and cold-set. Applicable to both commercial and newspaper printing, it makes it possible to hold dots from press to paper ranging from 1 to 99% without any additional effort, guaranteeing vibrant colours and sharp images.
Due to the shape of the screen, smaller CtP imaging artefacts become invisible. As confirmed by several early adopters, this new screen avoids colour contamination in the blue colour range, yielding a higher quality reproduction. Due to the nature of the dot shape, the ink layer is reduced, which positively impacts drying time or energy consumption.
‘The concept behind SPIR@L is simple but brilliant,’ explained Erik Peeters, market manager commercial print at Agfa. ‘We replaced the traditional dot used in printing with a more efficient spiral shape. That way, print jobs require less ink to fill in the exact same space, resulting in a crystal-clear image and a higher press efficiency every time.’
SPIR@L requires no hardware additions to existing press and workflow setups and is a crucial element of Agfa’s ECO³ programme. In designing and creating solutions based on hardware, software and consumables, Agfa focuses on ecology, economy, and extra convenience (ECO³) to make prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to manage and maintain. ‘SPIR@L adheres to Agfa’s ECO³ philosophy by improving quality and saving customers time and money’, said Guy Desmet, head of marketing offset solutions at Agfa.