CARTOTECNICA POSTUMIA CHOOSES ASAHI AFP™-DSF DIGITAL FLEXOGRAPHIC PLATES FOR QUALITY, PRODUCTIVITY

Tokyo/Brussels, September 21, 2018 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today reported that Cartotecnica Postumia, a producer of square-bottom bags for the food industry, customized shopping bags, and printed paper rolls for use in automatic packaging machines, relies on Asahi AFP™-DSF digital flexographic plates for delivery of the highest quality to its global customer base demands. Cartotecnica Postumia, who recently celebrated its 50th year in business, has used Asahi plates for 25 years now, using nearby repro house Thema Studio for plate production.

“Thema Studio is an expert, perfecting its repro quality over the years,” says Managing Director Pierluigi Gava. “Great communication between our company and Thema Studio along with excellent Asahi plate technology is the secret to our success. Thema Studio tells us that, while they do test other plates from time to time, these do not perform as well as the Asahi plates, requiring press stoppages for cleaning during runs and exhibiting other quality issues. We trust their advice!”

In recognition of the quality the Asahi plates helped the company achieve, Cartotecnica Postumia was honoured with a 1stDiamond Award for narrow web flexo print on paper and labels by FTA Europe in its second edition of the FTA Europe Diamond Awards in May 2018. Cartotecnica Postumia’s entry was printed in seven colours plus water-based matt varnish with a UV gloss varnish overcoat. “I am not sure we could have produced this award-winning entry without the quality we achieved using Asahi DSF plates,” Gava adds. “The Asahi AFP™ DSF is the best plate in the market for high quality paper printing on substrates ranging from abrasive kraft paper to coated liner.”

Benefits of Asahi Plate Technology

Asahi’s AFP™-DSF digital medium hard plate elevates printing results to a new level of quality. It is designed for use with abrasive substrates for good highlights combined with excellent ink transfer. Its optimized balance of solid ink laydown and highlight dot printing produces incomparably good ink coverage with low dot gain in the mid tones and brilliant highlights at maximum printing speeds, with particular suitability for flexible packaging printing on film and paper with the water-based inks exclusively used by Cartotecnica Postumia.

State-Of-The-Art Technologies On Display At CTGA’s LabelExpo 2018 Booth

Visit with us in Chicago at LabelExpo 2018 and see samples of the ground breaking technology we offer our customers through partnerships with incredible brands like Asahi, Esko, and more.

In our fast-paced and rapidly evolving industry, efficiency, waste reduction and speed to market are critical. By partnering with Label Impressions, Inc., Esko and CTGA, Asahi has brought together solutions from world-class companies to create a faster, more efficient and more consistent flexographic platemaking workflow. Esko’s Crystal technology reduces the number of platemaking steps required and is making the process more consistent. By adding Asahi’s AWP™ water washable plates with Clean Transfer Technology to the mix, our customers can take OEE to a brand-new level of efficiency while boosting print quality and reducing their environmental footprint.

As one of the only national U.S. distributors of Asahi AWP plates and plate making equipment, CTGA is proud to represent the future of flexographic printing to our customers, and we hope you visit with us at LabelExpo 2018 to see a sample of this work in partnership with the amazing companies listed above, and to learn what we can do to help drive the success of your business!

The Specifications for this special LabelExpo Promo Piece are:

The construction for the Expo label: 
– Clear PolyPropylener
2.3 White Bopp
– Silver Cold Foil
– Clear Self Wound Lamination (adhesive already applied)
– Fasson (Avery Dennison)
Press speed: 
– 180 fpm
– Nilpeter 4200 10/color press
Ink:
– Siegwerk UV
Sticky- Back: 
– 3M E1215 for process and E1315 spot black and cold foil
Harper Anilox layout: 
– Reverse print image (back)- K 1400 1.7, M 1400 1.69, Y 1400 1.72
– Surface print (front) – CF 360 5.0, Y 1400 1.52, M 1400 1.33, C 1400 1.59, K 1400 1.5, Spot Blk 800 3.5
Plates:
– 200 LPI
– True fade to zero
– XPS Exposure
– Screen package = HD Flexo_Benchamrk_FTD_XPS_HDScreens_H34_Esko_Crystal_XPS_198lpi

Label Impressions recently received the TLMI Annual Excellence in Printing award

CTGA Client, Label Impressions, recently received the TLMI Annual “Excellence in Printing” award for an 8-color promotional label on static cling material. This TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) award is coveted by label printers nationwide. While many converters send in dozens of submissions in hopes of winning LII submitted just ONE and took home the trophy!

Static cling is notoriously difficult to maintain consistent color, fine dots, and crisp text. Label Impressions was able to achieve unprecedented results with our HD Flexo plates, advanced production equipment, and exceptional experience in flexographic printing. Our work on this and all of our process color labels rival Gravure and Offset traditionally known as ‘the’ go-to when top quality is an absolute must.

Label Impressions also utilizes Asahi AWP plate material and water washout technology for high quality print and a more sustainable and environmentally friendly production process.  CTGA is proud to provide these high quality Asahi products that drive quality, success and sustainability.

As the label industry’s leader in innovation and quality, Label Impressions adds this latest achievement to a number of unique accomplishments like plantable labels, clean release and window cards, various expanded content solutions, and truly green production.

 

ASAHI PHOTOPRODUCTS TO EXHIBIT AT LABELEXPO AMERICAS

Repost from asahi-photoproducts.com

A focus on quick, consistent and highest quality creation of plates with Asahi AWP™ flexographic plates

Tokyo/Brussels, August 2, 2018 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today 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. Asahi will be located in Stand F6479 at the show. 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,” adds Mr. Nagata. “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.”

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Flexo Simplified: Reduce lead times & boost flexo quality

Reposted article from esko.com

Flexo average run-lengths are getting shorter, and the industry needs ways to produce shorter print runs more effectively, while less lead time.

Flexographic plates need to be available immediately and the press planning needs to be flexible to accommodate for a changing schedule.

As flexo must be at par with gravure, digital and offset printing, only the highest flexographic plate quality and consistency is good enough. That’s why the new flexo plate making workflows are highly automated so they become easier to adopt.

Work faster and reduce errors: prepress & project management

There’s a suite of fully integrated tools available to optimize every step in your flexo workflow, from first customer contact to delivery of goods – not just the imaging part. From project management, over prepress, to effective color management, Esko’s flexo solutions help you shorten your lead times and maximize press uptime. Work faster, and smarter and reduce human handoffs.

Removing complexity through automation: CDI Crystal XPS

The flexo plate making process consists out of many complex and manual steps. This not only takes time, it also offers ample opportunity for human errors. With the CDI Crystal XPS, making flexo plates finally becomes a coordinated, linear process. Esko’s CDI Crystal Imagers and exposure units offer superb and consistent results that were only achievable in offset or gravure before.

 

Read the complete article on esko.com

ASAHI PHOTOPRODUCTS TEAMS WITH SOMA ENGINEERING TO SUPPORT FLEXO TECHNOLOGY CENTER GRAND OPENING IN CHINA

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Highest quality prints using SOMA Optima 2 press, Asahi AWP™ plates, inks from Sun Chemical

Brussels, Belgium, July 17, 2018 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today reported it supported the grand opening of the brand-new SOMA Flexo Technology Center in Foshan, China. The new center opened on 26 June and featured a SOMA Optima2 flexographic press running Asahi Photoproducts AWP™ water-washable plates. A specially designed package for muffins was produced on transparent BOPP using Sun Chemical solvent-based inks and Lohmann tapes. The Asahi AWP™ plates were produced in Germany by repro house Jaehde.

“Congratulations to SOMA for its very successful Grand Opening with more than 200 people in attendance,” says Yuji Suzuki, Head of the Technical Training Center at Asahi in China. “We were pleased to play a role in this success by helping with an attractive design for food-safe flexible packaging produced with our AWP™ water-washable plates on the Optima2 press. We are looking forward to continuing to support our partner SOMA in the Chinese market, bringing the quality and convenience of AWP™ water-washable plates with Asahi’s Clean Transfer Technology to this important market.”

Asahi’s AWP™ plate 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, whilst 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 and environmentally friendly way to produce flexographic printing plates and the resulting high quality printed materials.

Read the complete article on asahi-photoproducts.com

Asahi Photoproducts to showcase its Clean Transfer Technology at Gallus Innovation Days

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, May 29, 2018 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced it will be attending Gallus Innovation Days for the first time. The event takes place in St. Gallen, Switzerland, from 26 to 28 June 2018, the third Open House event hosted by the well-known Swiss manufacturer. Asahi Photoproducts will be showing its AWP™ DEF/DEW plate solutions featuring Clean Transfer Technology, exhibiting in Hall 1 as a Gallus partner.

“Gallus is without doubt a leading manufacturer of flexo presses for labels, continually broadening its portfolio,” says Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager at Asahi. “We believe there is great potential for synergies with Gallus in terms of innovation and quality. Our popular water washable AWP™ plates are industry leaders in UV flexo printing and are especially suitable for printing operations who wish to produce their plates in-house.”

Asahi’s Clean Transfer Technology has been developed with fixed colour palette printing in mind, delivering the quality and precise register this printing technique requires. All future Asahi plates will be equipped with Clean Transfer Technology, delivering the outstanding quality and overall equipment efficiency (OEE) demanded by leading converters in a highly competitive market.

Asahi’s AWP™ DEF/DEW plate 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, whilst assuring exceptional quality and brilliant prints.

Clean Transfer for real-life flexo applications

Colognia Press, based in the Czech Republic, has recently discovered how AWP™ plates with Clean Transfer Technology can lead to significantly higher productivity in flexo printing. The company uses Gallus presses and water washable flexo plates and was able to increase machine availability by 110%, simply by switching to an Asahi plate production system. The previous flexo printing plates had caused lengthy downtimes for plate cleaning and changing. The Asahi solution enables Colognia Press to print practically any job up to several kilometres long without having to stop the machine. Even a 22-hour job ran without interruption from start to finish, maintaining consistent quality with the same set of plates.

ASAHI PHOTOPRODUCTS TEAMS WITH ESKO TO BRING IMPROVED OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS (OEE) TO FLEXO PLATEMAKING

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, May 24, 2018 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced it will be attending EskoWorld for the first time. Asahi will be located in the Innovation Center at the show, scheduled for 5 to 7 June at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

“In our fast-paced and rapidly evolving industry, efficiency, waste reduction and speed to market are critical,” said Stephan Doppelhammer, Asahi Photoproducts Europe Business Development Manager. “By partnering with Esko, we bring together solutions from two world-class companies to create a faster, more efficient and more consistent workflow in flexographic platemaking. Esko Equinox is ideal for converting separations to fixed palette printing, while Esko’s Crystal technology reduces the number of platemaking steps required and is making the process more consistent. By adding Asahi’s AWP™ water washable plates with Clean Transfer Technology to the mix, Asahi and Esko customers can take OEE to a brand-new level of efficiency while boosting print quality and reducing their environmental footprint.”

Voice of the Customer

Gateway Packaging, a leading high-end printer/ packaging converter and the largest pet food packaging provider in North America, recently restructured its entire platemaking process with Asahi Photoproducts solutions as the core element. The company performed extensive testing that led up to the final decision. “When running the Asahi AWP™ Clean Transfer plates,” explained Tharrin Akers, the company’s Prepress Manager, “we were able to run the press at a 17% higher speed – 1,640 feet per minute (from 426 m / min. to 500 m / min) – and only had to stop for plate cleaning once. And that only required cleaning two plates, consuming 20 minutes. The result was a total production time of 7.2 hours instead of 11 hours in the past and an astonishing 53% improvement in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) over our previous process.”

Clean Transfer Technology: The Details

A feature of many of Asahi’s flexographic printing plates, Clean Transfer Technology enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements. Precise plate register achieved with Asahi AWP™ plates ensures very high quality process printing with a fixed color palette, minimizing the need to use and manage spot color inks.

Clean Transfer Technology allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow. The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever-increasing quality demands of their customers.

Essel Propack Installs Asahi AWP System

Correct-Touch Graphic Arts recently helped industry leader Essel Propack with the purchase and installation of Asahi’s AWP 4835 Plate Processing unit and AWP water washable flexo plates.  The use of Asahi’s AWP system brings improved quality and sustainability to Essel’s production and greatly improves their OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) with less downtime, reduced waste and increased repeatability.  This improvement has a great impact on their overall success and profitability.

The investment in Asahi AWP brings an increased efficiency to our business that allows us to greatly improve output during production.  The Asahi Plate processing unit along with the AWP plate material offers us maximum quality and control throughout the print process, and we’re excited for the overall benefit it brings to our company.  Both Asahi and CTGA really helped steer us through the entire process from consultation through installation to ensure we got what we needed,” said Srikant Jindam, U.S. Graphics Manager at Essel Propack when discussing the choice to go with Asahi AWP.

ABOUT ESSEL PROPACK

Essel Propack, part of the USD 4.2 billion Essel Group, with FY17 turnover of over USD 368 million, is the largest specialty packaging global company, manufacturing laminated plastic tubes catering to the FMCG and Pharma space.

Employing over 2852 people representing 25 different nationalities, Essel Propack functions through 19 state of the art facilities and in eleven countries, selling circa 7 billion tubes and continuing to grow every year.

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THE ASAHI AWP SYSTEM

AWP technology has been designed from the start with a strong consideration for the environment, and a commitment to minimizing any possible waste of precious resources. For starters, the system is water-washable, rather than relying on harsh solvents.  The entire plate developing process doesn’t generate any waste other than unexposed polymer residues, which are collected as dry ‘cake’ and safely disposed as combustible material.

Traditionally, water washable plate quality has been considered second-best when compared to solvent plates. The Asahi AWP plate does more than match traditional solvent photopolymer plates—it outperforms the best digital plates currently available for flexo. For the first time a digital photopolymer plate can hold extremely small stable dots— smaller than those of solvent processed plates—and its stability on press is superior to solvent plates.

Asahi’s green focus at Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Original article from printweek.in

Sam Yamamoto of Asahi, said, “At the show, our experts will be helping the visitors better understand how Asahi AWP plates can improve environmental sustainability, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and organisational profitability without any compromise on quality.”
According to Asahi, Clean Transfer Technology is a technology which enables clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas and thus resulting in fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime.
Asahi will also talk about fixed colour palette printing, which uses a up to seven inks and thereby eliminates the use of spot colours.
Yamamoto explained, “Because it uses a fixed set of inks, there is no wash-up required between jobs, and combo jobs are made easier. Also, there is significantly less waste in the printing process, improving throughput and productivity.”
“This is the future of flexography, especially in label printing where digital printing has made significant inroads; it favourably positions flexography to compete with digital printing for the short run jobs,” Yamamoto added.

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