Asahi Photoproducts – Clean Transfer Technology at Print4All
ITALY • The company will display its full line of flexo plate solutions for the packaging industry featuring its Clean Transfer Technology at Print4All, the European level showcase for the most advanced machines and material for packaging, labelling and converting focused on rotogravure, flexo and hybrid technologies meant for package printing and labelling as well as converting technologies. (Hall 18 Stand F 35)
Asahi Photoproducts will showcase its AWP water-washable plates, along with the AFP-TOP and AFP-TSP plates, all of which feature Clean Transfer Technology to fit the quality and overall equipment efficiency (OEE) demanded by leading converters. This technology is also designed to facilitate the fixed colour palette printing process that is increasingly being adopted by converters all across Europe.
Also on show will be the new AFP-DTH/TH plates designed for use under tough printing conditions such as under high printing pressure or with abrasive substrates. Visitors to the stand will also be able to see printed application examples and get advice from company experts about the best plates for their individual needs.
Clean Transfer Technology
A feature of many of Asahi’s flexo 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 colour palette, minimizing the need to use and manage spot colour 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.