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.

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Esko CDI – For Superior Quality

For plates and sleeves, for letterpress and flexo plates: whatever your type of business, Esko has the most advanced digital flexo solution.

CDI imagers

Esko CDI Digital Imagers offers superb results that before were only achievable in offset or gravure. There is a CDI for every need: from narrow web label printing, to flexible packaging and wide format corrugated printing; from one color printed corrugated boxes to highly sophisticated multi-color packaging and even security printing. Check CTGA’s full range of CDI imagers here.

HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo

The new quality standards for flexographic printing! HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo combine high resolution imaging with advanced screening.

 

Digital Flexo Suite

Achieve significant cost savings through automated flexo plate optimization. The Digital Flexo Suite is a collection of Esko’s plate making software, designed especially for the needs of the packaging industry.

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Flexible package printing

Flexible packaging printing goes hand in hand with flexo printing. The list of flexible packaging that is commonly printed with flexo is endless: shopping bags, food and hygiene bags, sacks, milk cartons, beverage cartons, flexible plastics, self adhesive labels…

Smaller print runs? Flexo is the answer.

Print runs are getting smaller and smaller. This trend comes from the fast moving consumer goods and retail business. Companies in this business continuously need to engage the consumer with appealing, customized, seasonal or even personalized messages. For some packaging converters, this present a problem: gravure is too expensive on smaller runs. Flexo offers the perfect solution: with HD Flexo, flexo printers can now rival the quality of gravure, but with less prepress costs.

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.