Labelexpo 2018: Asahi displays AWP water-wash flexo plates

Coming to Labelexpo India for the first time, Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, showcased its AWP family of water-washable flexographic plate solutions featuring clean transfer technology, including its new AWP-DEW plate with washout speeds 2.5 times faster than previous plates, making it ideal for on-demand platemaking and a more efficient flexographic operation in even the busiest plants.

24 Nov 2018 | By Abhishek Muralidharan

The Asahi Photoproducts and TechNova Imaging Systems teams at Labelexpo

“We are always looking for new and better technologies for the Indian market,” said Sunil Kokane, product manager for TechNova Imaging Systems, Asahi’s distributor in the region. “At the show, we displayed flexographic print samples printed using AWP plates imaged on an Esko Crystal XPS system whose simultaneous UV main and back exposure produces highly consistent digital flexo plates.”

Kokane said these plates offer significant advantages, including high quality print and many environmental benefits, including the elimination of solvents. Asahi’s clean transfer technology also reduces the number of press stoppages for plate cleaning, making operations much more efficient and allowing faster production times with less waste, even for very long runs.

“Asahi’s product expertise and global quality leadership combined with TechNova’s wide market reach, exceptional customer support, efficient supply chain and vast distribution network, continues to create a winning synergy for our customers,” Kokane added.

“Printing operations stand to reap huge benefits from moving to AWP plates,” said Makoto Nagata, assistant sales manager overseas for Asahi Kasei/ Asahi Photoproducts. “Companies like Czech-based Colognia Press are seeing press uptimes of more than 50%, up from 25% with their previous plates, and even report running a 22-hour job with one set of plates, no stops, and with very consistent quality from beginning to end. In our experience, AWP plates make these types of results very achievable for flexo printers”