Sublima - All Gain, No Pain
For many printers, the move to computer-to-plate technology enabled major improvements in on-press efficiency. Now the focus has shifted to providing higher-quality printing.
Today's print buyers demand the best possible image reproduction, exceptional color work, and outstanding graphics. Customers are looking for printers who can guarantee this high level of quality with every job.
That said, you can hear frustration in the pressrooms, at industry conferences, and in industry e-forums. The customer-driven demand for the highest print quality is creating headaches at the press.
As I write this column, a pre-press manager in an e-forum just posted this plea for help surrounding his use of fine FM screening: "Some specific areas would be piling, shorter plate run lengths, color consistency throughout the run."
To any printer, these are not considered features and benefits. At Agfa, we regard the press as an integral part of the imaging system—a system that includes the workflow, platesetter, plates, press, paper, ink, blankets.
Agfa has leveraged its extensive imaging expertise to develop a screening solution that works within the capabilities of the press. Sublima is our new system solution that delivers the highest print quality, without the headaches often associated with fine FM screening.
While there's a move afoot to pursue super-fine stochastic screening, many users view these 10 micron FM dots as very difficult to manage in the pressroom. Indeed, some users openly characterize the use of 10 micron FM screening as self-abusive.
In contrast, Agfa believes the goal is to deliver the highest quality with ease on press. Agfa's innovative screening technologies have helped make screening as simple and reliable as possible. Products such as Agfa Balanced Screening (AM) and CristalRaster (FM) have long been considered "best in class."
Sublima combines traditional amplitude-modulation (AM) screening with frequency-modulation (FM) screening. As such, Sublima is designed to deliver the smallest dot size that can easily be held on press.