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Offline Farabomb

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Focus and fluence tests
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:43:15 AM »
I'm trying to fix our plating issues. All the targets I have are for positive plates. The Azura TS is a negative plate. Does the target matter or do I need to invert the image? I only ask because the first test I ran didn't produce the results that were expected. I don't want to waste more plates going down the wrong path.

The thickness tests all look the same when they should be visible differences but I'm not seeing them. It's possible I'm doing the test wrong as well. I think I need to go back and test the fluence because if that's out it affects the thickness (focus) as well.
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Re: Focus and fluence tests
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 12:37:03 PM »
On my Screen device, we enter the plate thickness in mm, then expose a focus test plate from the platesetter service menu. It spits out patterns that are visible with loupe or plate-reader. It's similar to the old graybar that your would expose with halftones, to determine range. You should see a soft screen and your optimal focus will be right in the middle of the curve.
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Re: Focus and fluence tests
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 12:40:06 PM »
... I usually look at the current plate config to see focus. When I run the test, it asks for a focal range and a start point on the plate. I usually go a fair amount in either direction of current focus.
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Re: Focus and fluence tests
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 12:51:11 PM »
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I'm trying to fix our plating issues. All the targets I have are for positive plates. The Azura TS is a negative plate. Does the target matter or do I need to invert the image? I only ask because the first test I ran didn't produce the results that were expected. I don't want to waste more plates going down the wrong path.

The thickness tests all look the same when they should be visible differences but I'm not seeing them. It's possible I'm doing the test wrong as well. I think I need to go back and test the fluence because if that's out it affects the thickness (focus) as well.


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Re: Focus and fluence tests
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 12:53:32 PM »
Yeah, same here. I use the current settings in the middle with higher and lower flanking them. What I'm wondering about is if the test image matters if it's positive or negative. It shouldn't matter is what I'm thinking but when I ran the tests yesterday I did not see a difference between any of them.

I did put a micrometer on the plate and what should be .012 actually was slightly under .011. I'm going to run both focus and fluence tests with 2 different sets of values. One based on the .012 that's listed and one based on the .011 that I'm actually seeing.
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It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
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