Asahi Photoproducts – Water washable AWP flexo plates on display at Labelexpo Americas 2018

Print samples by Asahi (Source: Asahi)

USA • On display (Stand F6479) will be the company’s AWP family of water-washable flexographic plate solutions featuring Clean Transfer Technology, including its new AWP -DEW plate. According to Asahi with washout speeds 2.5 times faster than previous plates, it is suitable for on-demand platemaking and a more efficient flexographic operation in even the busiest plants.

The company will show flexo print samples printed using AWP plates imaged on an Esko Crystal XPS system with simultaneous UV main and back exposure producing highly consistent digital flexo plates.

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“Printing operations stand to reap huge benefits from moving to AWP plates,” says Makoto Nagata, Sales Manager Overseas for Asahi. “Companies like Czech-based Colognia Press are seeing press uptimes of more than 50%, up from 25% 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.”

Visitors can further learn about the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) benefits of Asahi AWP plates and the Asahi’s AWP Clean Transfer technology, the company’s water washable printing plate which does not require high temperatures or VOC-based solvents.

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