UK-Based Flexoshop Spurs Business Growth with Asahi AWP Water-Washable Flexographic Plates

Original article from Asahi Photoproducts

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, 13. October 2016 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced that Flexoshop, a repro and platemaking house based in Colchester, Essex, UK, has moved its plate production from Flat Top Dot plates to the premium quality Asahi AWP flexographic plate system. Designed for high quality print performance, the AWP water washable 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.

Managing Director Simon Drane says, “What spurred me to make the move was a printer client who had to outsource his highest quality work to a digital printer because the plates we were using couldn’t meet the quality demands of his customer. We decided to invest in an Asahi AWP 2530 plate setter with AWP water washable plates and have never looked back. That printer is now able to produce the highest quality work in house and better serve his customer from both a price and performance perspective. That experience prompted us to make our AWP water washable plates the centrepiece of our new business acquisition strategy. The Asahi AWP water washable plate is the best plate you can buy on the market. We were not getting anywhere near this quality with our previous Flat Top Dot plates.”

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The AWP™ 2530 Auto plate processor is designed to meet the quality requirements of even the most demanding customers. Its combined processor and plate technology is engineered to deliver a sustainable quality output that produces vivid colours and high quality screening. Its water processor is an environmentally sound solution that drives print forward in balance with the environment. Its automated water washing system conserves water, uses no chemicals and generates a plate every 25 minutes. It uses 6 litres of water per plate, as opposed to the 15 litres of solvent per plate used in a typical solvent-based platemaking process.

AWP water washable plates use Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, a unique 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.

“Repro houses are facing an increasingly competitive market,” says Paul Chant, UK Branch Manager of Asahi. “Forward-looking firms like Flexoshop, who are making the necessary investments for the future of their businesses, will be well positioned for success into the future. We are proud to be their partner.”

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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.”

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.

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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