GERMANY • Asahi Photoproducts, which recently won an EFIA “Gold Award” for its pinning technology for clean transfer, has announced its drupa offerings and location, Hall 11, Stand A60. They include an update on its newest plate development technology, the AWP-DEF water-washable plates, which it said works well for fixed colour palettes. The updated product includes a faster plate processing speed, which the company said is ideal for larger format flexible packaging operations with higher plate throughput. It has the same plate dimensional stability that is important for fixed colour palette printing, delivering quality and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) benefits.
Another new product it will bring to the trade show is its AFP-DCV (Deep Colour Vibrance) digital flexo plate, designed to produce vibrant colour prints for water- and solvent-based inks in flexible packaging applications. The company said it uses a polymer solution that finds a balance between highlight dots and deep colours within one plate. These plates are the first on the market that combine vibrant colour printing with the pinning technology for clean transfer OEE features.
This technology can improve ink transfer, reduce dot gain by reducing ink filling at the mid-tone area and can improve equipment efficiency because of fewer cleaning intervals. In a proof-of-concept test, the company found it demonstrated a 26% OEE improvement over conventional solvent plates. The contributing factors were that the pinning technology plate completed a run length 33 minutes faster than the conventional plate; required fewer press stops for cleaning, saving 39 minutes; and produced 575 linear meters (1,886 ft) less waste material.