Asahi Photoproducts has announced it will be exhibiting at Labelexpo Americas 2018, scheduled for 25 to 27 September at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The company will be showing its AWP family of water-washable flexographic plate solutions featuring Clean Transfer Technology, including its new AWP-DEW plate with washout speeds 2.5 times faster than previous plates, making it ideal for on-demand platemaking and a more efficient flexographic operation in even the busiest plants.
‘At the show, we will be showing flexographic print samples printed using AWP plates imaged on an Esko Crystal XPS system whose simultaneous UV main and back exposure produces highly consistent digital flexo plates,’ said Makoto Nagata, Sales Manager Overseas for Asahi. ‘We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and sharing information about the possibilities created with the quick, consistent, and highest quality creation of plates using the Asahi AWP family of plates.’
Asahi experts will also be available to speak with visitors about the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) benefits of Asahi AWP plates. ‘Printing operations stand to reap huge benefits from moving to AWP plates,’ added Nagata. ‘Companies like Czech-based Colognia Press are seeing press uptimes of more than 50 per cent, up from 25 per cent with their previous plates, and even report running a 22-hour job with one set of plates, no stops, and with very consistent quality from beginning to end. In our experience, AWP plates make these types of results very achievable for flexo printers.’
Asahi’s AWP Clean Transfer technology provides a viable alternative to conventional flexo printing plates. Its water washable printing plate technology does not require high temperatures or VOC-based solvents. It provides high register accuracy, making it particularly suitable for printing with a fixed colour palette and enabling odourless production.
In addition to saving time and money and reducing waste, it also supports energy savings, while assuring exceptional quality and brilliant prints with significant improvement in overall equipment efficiency (OEE) as compared to traditional flexo plates. All of this delivers the most efficient flexographic printing plates in balance with the environment resulting high quality printed materials.
For more information about Clean Transfer Technology and other flexographic solutions from Asahi Photoproducts, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com.
Print example for collection of UV flexo printed labels by AWP Clean Transfer and Esko Crystal XPS Technology