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Graphic Tech acquires first U.S. :M-Press Tiger with inline screen printing

February 6, 2011

Agfa Graphics announces CA-based Graphic Tech has purchased an :M-Press Tiger, the first in North America with an inline screen printing unit. The full-service graphic communications service provider serves a diverse base of high-profile customers.

The :M-Press Tiger was codeveloped by Thieme and Agfa Graphics. Agfa recently added new greyscale technology and faster production modes. The latest upgrade makes the :M-Press Tiger able to reach output speeds of up to 185 sph at a maximum sheet size of 65 x 104 inches. The addition of Agfa's latest UPH 2 (Universal Print Head) greyscale technology enables the :M-Press Tiger to print with variable drop sizes as small as 10pl. The drop size no longer depends only on printing resolution but also on color and image content. Additionally, all production modes now feature smoother highlights and mid-tones. The addition of true greyscale technology means fewer passes are required to achieve the required quality, significantly increasing the effective printing speed.

"We have followed the evolution of this product. Once we saw the most recent developments of the Tiger, that's when we knew it was the right system and the right time for our business. With the :M-Press Tiger, we have the most productive system on the market. Even with our aggressive quality and ROI requirements, this system is bar none, the best we've seen," said Graphic Tech president Jim Blee. "Plus, with Agfa's recent acquisition of the Pitman Co., we have access to a partner that meets our total business needs. From media and finishing options to expanded technical expertise, we have a partner this is working with us to take our business to the next level."

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