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.
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!