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York Repro-Graphic Group Turns To Asahi AWP Flexo Plates For Fixed Color Palette Printing

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, 1 September 2016 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced that the York Repro-Graphic Group (YRG) has adopted the premium quality Asahi AWPTM flexographic plate system for its clients using the fixed color palette printing process. Designed for high quality print performance, the AWP water wash plate outperforms the best digital plates currently available for flexo and produces higher quality than Flat Top Dot plates. 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, with numerous associated environmental and waste reduction benefits. Its precise register ensures faster make-ready and reduced waste on press.

Mark Gration, group managing director at YRG, said, “We are seeing growing demand for packaging produced using the fixed color palette printing process due to its many efficiencies, including reduced ink inventories, faster make-ready, fewer press stops and less waste. It significantly reduces job changeover times since no wash-ups are required between jobs. But to achieve the quality that brand owners demand requires precise registration. That’s why we chose to use Asahi AWP water washable plates for those clients using fixed color palette printing. The quality that can be achieved with these plates surpasses Flat Top Dot printing quality, making the AWP plate the best plate in the market for this purpose.” YRG, the first repro house in the world to comply with the ISO-12647 color standard, strongly believes in the ability of the fixed color palette printing process to ensure the future viability of the flexographic printing process.

Moving forward, YRG plans to further develop its in-plant platemaking services at customer printing sites. “This will enable us to help our clients further reduce turn times in the plate-to-press process to meet the needs of the changing market environment, which is increasingly demanding just-in-time production,” Gration states. “And the Asahi AWP system’s ease of use and environmental friendliness will be an important factor in moving this process closer to press operations.”

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Fixed Color Palette Printing From Asahi – The Next Big Thing For Flexo

Original article from CTGA found here

Asahi is helping to lead the way with the next big step toward quality and efficiency for flexography –  the fixed color palette printing technique. This approach typically uses CMYK, or CMYK + Orange, Green and Violet or Blue. The latter, also referred to asExtended Colour Gamut (ECG) printing, can match a wide array of spot colors (virtually eliminating the use for them, and deliver better quality than CMYK alone.

Flexography has made huge strides in recent years, achieving quality that rivals offset and gravure. And now the technology is poised to move to the next level, making it even more competitive with alternative printing technologies.  And Asahi is at the forefront of this movement.

As the exclusive U.S. distributor of Asahi flexo plates, the team here at Correct-Touch Graphic Arts is proud to be a part of the next big thing for flexo!


FIXED COLOR PALETTE PRINTING – EFFICIENCY AT IT’S BEST

Experts estimate that fixed palette printing using the seven colors (CMYK + Orange, Green and Violet or Blue) can match as many as 80% or more of the 1,729 named Pantone spot colors.  Which makes it incredibly efficient during the production process.

ECG printing provides the ability to combine jobs from multiple customers on the same run.  It also means less press washing and setup time since the same inks are being used from job to job.  Less down time, less waste and faster print runs means a more efficient use of your time and money every time!

Read the complete article here

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ASAHI/UTECO STUDY PROVES OEE IMPROVEMENTS FOR FLEXO ARE ACHIEVABLE

Tokyo / Brussels, June 29, 2016 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, has reported that it has carried out a practical OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) study with the Italian press manufacturer Uteco in Verona.

“Our studies show that printing plates make a significant contribution to overall performance in flexographic printing,” says Andrea Belloli, Italian Branch manager for Asahi Photoproducts.  Uteco Group CEO Aldo Peretti adds, “Quality and performance are key customer requirements. These ongoing tests with Asahi are part of our ‘pit-stop project’ designed to find ways to speed up job changeover times. This latest study certainly proves that choosing the right plates can make a huge difference.”

DETAILS OF THE STUDY

During the study, two one-color print runs of approximately 38,000 meters each were undertaken in Uteco’s Printing Technology Center, the Converdrome, in Verona.

One run used standard solvent-washable plates; the other usedAsahi’s AWP water-washable plateswith Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer.

All other characteristics of the run were the same, including substrate and inks, and used the latest Uteco CI model press, the Onyx XS, running at a 300 meter per minute press speed.

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THE RESULTS:  Conventional Plates vs. Asahi Plates

Conventional:
For the conventional plate, the run length was 37,368 linear meters. It took a total running time of 173 minutes. Total press down time was 47 minutes for plate cleaning. Waste produced was 1,025 meters.

OEE efficiency: 72%
Asahi:
For the Asahi plates, the run length was 38,000 linear meters. It took a total running time of 140 minutes. Total press down time was 8 minutes for plate cleaning. Waste produced was 450 meters.

OEE efficiency: 91%

Asahi Awarded For Excellence In Sustainability & Innovation

“We were very pleased with these results,” Belloli states. “It translates to a 26% OEE improvement with Asahi AWP plates as compared conventional solvent plates and produced 575 linear meters less waste material while at the same time delivering higher overall quality. In a busy flexographic shop, this would translate to the ability to process two more jobs with similar length through the press by using AWP plates, a significant increase in throughput.”

As a result of these tests, Asahi was awarded the prestigious European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Gold Award for Sustainable Manufacturing and Product Innovation.

Asahi AWP Water Wash
A Water Washable Flexo Plate Designed For The Next Generation

Asahi AWP is a unique plate making technology and a beneficial alternative to other print processes. The Ink Pinning Technology provides a simple way to improve print quality.

High printing resolution, bright pictures and excellent press performance are a small selection of all the advantages you can get out of Ink Pinning Technology.  AWP will help you save time and money, reduce waste and preserve precious energy resources.

The system enables the necessary control to consistently reproduce the finest image quality. Time after time after time.

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CONTACT CTGA TODAY
If you’re interested in learning more about CTGA’s exclusive line of Asahi Flexo Platematerials, and the AWP Water Wash system, please contact us today and speak with atechnical sales representative in your area to find out how we can help you and your business succeed.  We look forward to serving you!

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Asahi Study proves overall equipment effectiveness improvements for flexo are achievable

Original article found on flexpack.info

Asahi Photoproducts has carried out a practical OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) study with the Italian press manufacturer Uteco in Verona. Over the past 20 years, Asahi and Uteco have teamed on various projects to study how to make print production more efficient through a combination of the press, printing plates and other materials.

“Our studies show that printing plates make a significant contribution to overall performance in flexographic printing,” says Andrea Belloli, Italian Branch manager for Asahi Photoproducts, “and many of the studies we have conducted with Uteco over the years are designed to both guide our development efforts and prove the results as we bring new products to market. Uteco Group CEO Aldo Peretti adds, “Quality and performance are key customer requirements. These ongoing tests with Asahi are part of our ‘pit-stop project’ designed to find ways to speed up job changeover times on CI flexo presses. This latest study certainly proves that choosing the right plates can make a huge difference.”

During the study, two one-colour print runs of approximately 38,000 meters each were undertaken in Uteco’s Printing Technology Center, the Converdrome, in Verona. One run used standard solvent-washable plates; the other used Asahi’s AWP water-washable plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer. All other characteristics of the run were the same, including substrate and inks, and used the latest Uteco CI model press, the Onyx XS, running at a 300 meter per minute press speed.

  • For the conventional plate, the run length was 37,368 linear meters. It took a total running time of 173 minutes. Total press down time was 47 minutes for plate cleaning. Waste produced was 1,025 metres. OEE efficiency was calculated to be 72%.
  • For the Asahi plates, the run length was 38,000 linear meters. It took a total running time of 140 minutes. Total press down time was 8 minutes for plate cleaning. Waste produced was 450 metres OEE efficiency was calculated to be 91%.

“We were very pleased with these results,” Belloli states. “It translates to a 26% OEE improvement with Asahi AWP plates as compared conventional solvent plates and produced 575 linear meters less waste material while at the same time delivering higher overall quality. In a busy flexographic shop, this would translate to the ability to process two more jobs with similar length through the press by using AWP plates, a significant increase in throughput.”

As a result of these tests, Asahi was awarded the prestigious European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Gold Award for Sustainable Manufacturing and Product Innovation.

Read the complete article on flexpack.info

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ASAHI SET TO BRING EXTREME QUALITY TO FLEXO PRINTING AT DRUPA 2016

Asahi Photoproducts will be bringing a full range of flexographic printing plate solutions to Drupa 2016, scheduled for 31 May through 10 June in Düsseldorf.  Read the full press release here.

Asahi will be located in Hall 11, Stand A60, at the show. Asahi Photoproducts is known for its unique Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, enabling kiss touch printing that delivers improved ink transfer, reduces ink filling at the mid-tone area thus reducing dot gain, and results in fewer cleaning intervals for improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

“We are looking forward to sharing our innovative flexo plate solutions with Drupa visitors.  We will be showing our full portfolio of flexo plate solutions as well as some exciting new products, so we encourage everyone interested in flexography to stop by and see us.”

– David Galton, Sales director of Asahi Photoproducts Europe

 

PROVEN PINNING TECHNOLOGY FOR CLEAN TRANSFER

          

Asahi offers a full range of flexographic plates featuring Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer:  The TOP, TSP and AWP plates all utilize Pinning Top Dot technology. This unique Asahi plate technology is specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate due to the photopolymer plates having a lower surface energy than other plates on the market. Not only does this deliver stunning graphical quality, but it also improves overall production efficiencies due to reduced makeready waste and fewer press wash-ups.

 

AWP-DEF
Water Washable Flexo Plates
Providing superior results compared to traditional technologies and even outperforming the latest generation of digital flexographic printing plates. The AWP™-DEF plate delivers a level of graphic reproduction with more complete ink transfer and a wider tonal range. With its solvent-free platemaking process, there is no need for high temperature processes and the result is a perfect, dimensionally stable plate that ensures high quality print registration without color shift.

 

AFP-TOP
Premium Digital Flexo Plates
Designed primarily for wide-web film printing applications, the AFP-TOPplate gives the printer a broader color gamut with soft tonal shades fading out to zero. With superb press stability characteristics, it is able to consistently reproduce and print small dots and is able to print vignettes that run to zero. It delivers an average cost savings of 18% due to improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) as compared to standard digital flexo plates.

 

AFP-TSP
Flexo Plates for Paper Printing
The AFP-TSP medium-hard plates are tailor-made for paper and higher quality corrugated board applications with water-based inks. TSP plates are compatible with water, solvent and most UV-curable inks, enabling all converters to benefit from Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer. These plates also facilitate homogeneous ink transfer in solid and line work, and better control of ink trapping when different colour inks are printed on top of each other.

ASAHI/UTECO STUDY PROVES OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS (OEE) IMPROVEMENTS FOR FLEXO ARE ACHIEVABLE

Original article from Asahi Photoproducts

Tokyo, Japan, & Brussels, Belgium, May 12, 2016 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today reported that it has carried out a practical OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) study with the Italian press manufacturer Uteco in Verona. Over the past 20 years, Asahi and Uteco have teamed on various projects to study how to make print production more efficient through a combination of the press, printing plates and other materials.

“Our studies show that printing plates make a significant contribution to overall performance in flexographic printing,” says Andrea Belloli, Italian Branch manager for Asahi Photoproducts, “and many of the studies we have conducted with Uteco over the years are designed to both guide our development efforts and prove the results as we bring new products to market. Uteco Group CEO Aldo Peretti adds, “Quality and performance are key customer requirements. These ongoing tests with Asahi are part of our ‘pit-stop project’ designed to find ways to speed up job changeover times on CI flexo presses. This latest study certainly proves that choosing the right plates can make a huge difference.”

During the study, two one-colour print runs of approximately 38,000 meters each were undertaken in Uteco’s Printing Technology Center, theConverdrome, in Verona. One run used standard solvent-washable plates; the other used Asahi’s AWP water-washable plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer. All other characteristics of the run were the same, including substrate and inks, and used the latest Uteco CI model press, the Onyx XS, running at a 300 meter per minute press speed.

• For the conventional plate, the run length was 37,368 linear meters. It took a total running time of 173 minutes. Total press down time was 47 minutes for plate cleaning. Waste produced was 1,025 metres. OEE efficiency was calculated to be 72%.

• For the Asahi plates, the run length was 38,000 linear meters. It took a total running time of 140 minutes. Total press down time was 8 minutes for plate cleaning. Waste produced was 450 metres OEE efficiency was calculated to be 91%.

“We were very pleased with these results,” Belloli states. “It translates to a 26% OEE improvement with Asahi AWP plates as compared conventional solvent plates and produced 575 linear meters less waste material while at the same time delivering higher overall quality. In a busy flexographic shop, this would translate to the ability to process two more jobs with similar length through the press by using AWP plates, a significant increase in throughput.”

As a result of these tests, Asahi was awarded the prestigious European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Gold Award for Sustainable Manufacturing and Product Innovation.

Read the complete article here

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CTGA HELPS LABELS UNLIMITED UPGRADE TO DIGITAL PLATE MAKING

Installation of Esko CDI 2530 with Full HD Flexo and Asahi’s DSF Flexo Plates Brings Quality and Efficiency to Chicago based Company

CTGA recently helped another one of our customers make the move to digital utilizing Esko’s Full HD plate making system, and Asahi’s flexo plate technology.  Labels Unlimited Company of Chicago wanted to upgrade their workflow, plate making quality and consistency with the move to Esko’s digital system, and CTGA was there to help them make it happen.

Labels Unlimited Company, established in 1968, specializes in flexographic printing of pressure sensitive labels and hang tags.  They manufacture custom tags and labels for customers throughout North America.  With their long standing commitment to quality and service in mind,Labels Unlimited sought to move to the latest imaging and screening technologies available.  The answer was Esko’s CDI plate making equipment with Full HD, along with the proven technology of Asahi’s flexo plates.

 

“When I first met with the owner of Labels Unlimited, Rami Akhras, it was clear to me there was a commitment to investing in the company, and the future of flexographic printing. With this in mind we looked at the latest technology available on the market and determined that Esko’s Inline LED UV exposure, combined with Esko’s latest screening packages and Asahi flexo plates was the best way to invest in the future.”

– David Bell, CTGA Technical Sales Rep


“As a company we’ve always been dedicated to providing our customers with the highest level of service and quality printing possible.  Esko’s Full HD plate making system, andAsahi’s flexo plates allow us to continue that commitment to our customers, while creating a more efficient and sustainable workflow in our production. 

CTGA’s expertise in working with Esko and their line of Asahi flexo plate materials made it a no-brainer for us to work with them in making this switch to digital.  They helped us every step of the way, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the level of service and support we received from the CTGA staff.  The implementation of the CDI and support of both Esko and CTGA really highlighted this commitment, and our quality and consistency has drastically improved.

– Rami Akhras, Owner of Labels Unlimited

 

CONTACT CTGA TODAY
As the exclusive distributor of Asahi flexo plates in the U.S., and one of the top sellers of Esko plate making equipment, CTGA is so excited to provide companies like Labels Unlimited with the tools they need to succeed with today’s ever-changing technology.  We believe in the quality and effectiveness of the products we sell, and our sales representatives are trained thoroughly in order to help assist our customers from consultation through installation and beyond.

If your company is interested in learning more about CTGA’s U.S. exclusive line of innovative Asahi Flexo Plate Material, or our line of Esko Digital Flexo products, please do not hesitate to contact CTGA today and speak with one of our technical sales representatives.
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Asahi Flexo Plates With Award Winning Pinning Technology

Asahi flexo plates provide customers with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer. This unique Asahi plate technology is specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate due to the photopolymer plates having a lower surface energy than other plates on the market. Not only does this deliver stunning graphical quality, but it also improves overall production efficiencies due to reduced make-ready waste and fewer press wash-ups.

As an exclusive U.S. distributor of Asahi flexo plate material, CTGA is happy to play a part in the success and growth of our customers’ businesses by offering these ground-breaking quality flexo plates to their operations.  If you haven’t experienced the quality of Asahi flexo plates with pinning top dot technology yet, contact CTGA today and speak with one of our technical sales representatives about getting a free sample of Asahi Flexo Plate Material.

Asahi’s plate line includes:

AWP™-DEF water-washable plates, producing superior results compared to traditional technologies and even outperforming the latest generation of digital flexographic printing plates. The AWP™-DEF plate delivers a level of graphic reproduction with more complete ink transfer and a wider tonal range. With its solvent-free platemaking process, there is no need for high temperature processes and the result is a perfect, dimensionally stable plate that ensures high quality print registration without colour shift.

AFP™–TOP, a premium digital flexo plate designed primarily for wide-web film printing applications giving the printer a broader colour gamut with soft tonal shades fading out to zero. With superb press stability characteristics, it is able to consistently reproduce and print small dots and is able to print vignettes that run to zero. It delivers an average cost savings of 18% due to improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) as compared to standard digital flexo plates, resulting in savings of several hundred thousand euros per year.

AFP™ – TSP for paper printing applications. These medium-hard plates are tailor-made for paper and higher quality corrugated board applications with water-based inks. TSP plates are compatible with water, solvent and most UV-curable inks, enabling all converters to benefit from Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer. These plates also facilitate homogeneous ink transfer in solid and line work, and better control of ink trapping when different colour inks are printed on top of each other.

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