Asahi AWP-DEW 4260 PLF delivers quality, faster processing, sustainable footprint

Asahi Photoproducts has announced the availability of its next-generation larger-format water-wash flexographic plate processor, the AWP-DEW 4260 PLF. This is the first water-wash processor of its kind with an automated process from plate wash-out to the UV finished plate, including plate processing, rinsing, drying and UV post exposure within one system.

05 Jun 2020 | By Rahul Kumar

“The market of larger volume users for AWP flexo plates and particularly for flexible packaging applications is growing,” said Dieter Niederstadt, technical marketing manager, Asahi. “For that reason, it was time for us to introduce a new member to our largest format processor family. Exclusively focusing on using the new AWP-DEW plate with this processor allows us to reduce the environmental footprint of the plate-making process by reducing the content of additives in the washout solution. It also allows us to speed-up the time for each plate coming out of the line dramatically.”

The system is designed to be able to use two standard formats at approx three-five plates per hour, either 1200x900-mm (48x36-inch) or 1,067x1,524-mm (42x60-inch), which gives both Asahi and its customers incredible flexibility in machine utilisation. Plus, the AWP-DEW 4260 PLF is an automated combination of washer-dryer-light finishing, providing the opportunity for reduction of operator hands on requirements and potential associated errors. For customers already having a separate light finisher, the AWP-DEW 4260 PLF processor is available in a version without the light finisher function. This processor combination is the first incremental system of its kind and also features an improved UVA/UVC inline post exposure uniformity vs offline systems with light finishing drawer.