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    FM (Harlequin) for a good paper and a good photo
    Sublima 340 elliptical screen for a good paper and a photo (printers say that easier to work than FM)
    Sublima 210 elliptical screen for ordinary orders
    XM-175 - not the best board

    AM does not use

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    As i understand it most people 4 colour work etc are using AM screening, Most printers prefer this. There are 2 more common screening types FM and Hybrid i will attempt to explain, someone please correct me if i get it wrong.

    FM = Frequency Modulated (you can see this at work on most inkjet printers)
    Advantages include moire reduction, less sensitive to miss registration and more open flesh tones.
    Disadvantages are Printers don't like it, its hard to print. Laser spots are small
    and can damage wear more easily. No screen angles to identify plates. If equip.
    is not maintained well it all goes wrong and you cant see it on the plates easily.

    Hybrid = This is a mixture of FM and traditional screening designed to inherit benefits from both technologies, depending on the percentages in the screens the system will go from rosette to FM and back

    I will add some info to this later .

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    I ofen set CK with FM,MY with AM

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    We mostly use 175 at 2400 elliptical.
    But for around 10% of jobs we use Agfa's sublima screening at 210. Usually if the customer is a stickler for quality. It's Agfa's hybrid type screening, where the 1-8 and 92-100 % dots are FM and all the rest is AM.

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    We print 3D,uesd 600line 4800dpi

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    Quote Originally Posted by kospe View Post
    no one uses the concentric screening?
    the concentric screen is the same of Eccentric?

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    Sublima has a regular structure, the same dot size in the highlights and shadows, but different distances between them.
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    We use spekta 2 (second gen fm) on every job in our production. Very satisfied with the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juwawing View Post
    We use spekta 2 (second gen fm) on every job in our production. Very satisfied with the results.
    We are also fully satisfied with Spekta 2

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    We use traditional AM. Haven't tried FM yet, at least this is what the printer says.

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    I mainly use traditional (AM) screening.
    FM screening used only for one customer. I have Staccato 20.

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    At work we are using AM screen

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    we use AM 190lpi at 2400dpi

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    I use AM for most of the time. If you have a good press calibration, AM screening is enough. FM screening sometime need special handling at the press. And one thing for sure the print buyer doesn't really care about screening. ;-). What matter is the colors.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by epoch View Post
    As i understand it most people 4 colour work etc are using AM screening, Most printers prefer this.
    Yes, printers are often reticent to use new technologies!!!

    I use AM screening too... I really would like to use FM screening, but I still work with films + plate copy, and FM screening is very difficult to copy correctly on a plate ... so I wait for the time I will have enough money to buy a CTP!!!

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