Asahi Photoproducts recognized two converging trends in flexographic printing.
FIRST, brand owners are seeking faster ti me to market with higher quality packaging that stands out on the shelf. They want to achieve this at an ever-lower price point. And increasingly, they are looking for suppliers that can produce packaging with a reduced environmental footprint.
SECONDLY, packaging printers/converters are looking for ways to significantly improve efficiency in order to meet these demands while increasing quality to address the growing use of photographic images on packaging. They want to meet the sustainability demands of brand owners, but also understand there are benefits for their businesses as well, with less waste and a cleaner work environment.
Asahi CleanPrint flexographic printing plates enable packaging printers/converters to meet brand owner needs while also improving their own productivity and profitability.
FASTER PLATEMAKING + LESS INK CONSUMPTION = INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY
CleanPrint plates from Asahi Photoproducts have been specifically engineered by Asahi’s chemical engineers to transfer all remaining ink to the printed substrate, reducing makeready time and ink consumption while delivering exceptional quality.
CleanPrint plates come up to color faster and do not need to be cleaned as often as conventional digital solvent plates. Reduction of makeready times combined with fewer press stops for plate cleaning reduces substrate waste and creates a significant productivity improvement.
FIXED COLOR PALETTE = INCREASED EFFICIENCY UP TO 85%
The precise register of CleanPrint plates are perfect for a fixed color palette printing technique using a fixed sequence of colors on press.
Experience informs us that this technique can significantly increase efficiency from 50% to 85% by eliminating press cleaning between jobs. Using a fixed palette of inks also makes it easier to gang jobs for more efficient use of plates and substrates, improving time to market even more.
INCREASE OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVENESS BY 30% OR MORE
CleanPrint plates have been proven to deliver 30% or more improvement in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and up to 50% reduction in makeready time across a number of companies using these plates.
This means that packaging printers/converters can produce more work per shift, increasing press uptime, reducing waste and driving cost improvements that can enhance the bottom line or be passed along to customers.
FEWER VOCs = SAFER, CLEANER & MORE SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
As regulatory agencies around the world place more stringent focus on environmental sustainability, Asahi Photoproducts continues to innovate platemaking technology with solutions that aim to produce plates in an office-type environment.
CleanPrint plates emit fewer VOCs in prepress and the pressroom. And studies show that water washable CleanPrint plates have the smallest cradle-to-grave carbon footprint when compared to solvent or thermal solutions. Less makeready waste and waste due to plate cleaning press stops adds even more environmental sustainability. And more efficient throughput means less energy consumption.
Not only does this help with regulatory compliance, it creates a safer, cleaner work environment for employees and results in a total process cost reduction.
USE CLEANPRINT FOR ALMOST ANY APPLICATION
CleanPrint was originally introduced with Asahi AWP™ water-washable plates and is now being migrated to other plate families as well, ensuring that CleanPrint™ plates will be available for the widest possible variety of printing needs.