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New Agfa Screening Solution Impresses Printers in Japan and Around the World

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Tokyo, Japan – IGAS (Booth E-3-09) – 23 September 2003 – Agfa announced today that it will be demonstrating its new screening solution, :Sublima, at its booth during the International Graphic Arts Show (IGAS) in Tokyo, Japan. :Sublima combines AM and FM methods of screening into the patented solution known as cross modulated, or XM, screening. :Sublima achieves line screen rulings from 210 to 340 lpi. Customers Reap Benefits of :Sublima. "What we appreciate most about :Sublima is that we can work under the same conditions for all processes," said Kazuo Komiyama, president of Komiyama Insatsu Kougyo, a high-end book printing company based in Tokyo. "With :Sublima we get superior quality with the same productivity in prepress and the same conditions in the pressroom we had with 175 lpi." "We use far less ink with :Sublima, yet we get higher quality printing," said Seiichi Nishikawa, president of Nishikawa Co, Ltd, a commercial printing company based in Tokyo. "In the fashion world, there is no avoiding contrasting patterns and textures. Moirés are practically unavoidable. :Sublima solves this problem," said Katrien Maes, managing director, Guido Maes Printing Deluxe, a commercial printer Ghent, Belgium. "We believe the ability, with :Sublima, to differentiate our company from our competitors without any additional cost is very important," said Darren Yeats, general manager, Quality Graphics Center, Roselle, New Jersey. How :Sublima Works. In the midtones, :Sublima uses Agfa Balanced Screening (:ABS), Agfa’s AM screening solution, for clear, accurate reproduction. In highlights and shadows, :Sublima uses :CristalRaster, Agfa’s FM screening solution, to reproduce subtle tones. :Sublima doesn’t merely turn itself on and off, but rather uses patented technology to switch from AM and FM screening at precisely the right time. :Sublima calculates the smallest dot size that a plate can hold on a specific press. Built-in calibration curves automatically compensate for differences in dot gain. It can hold a 1-99 percent tonal range throughout long press runs.