Asahi Cleanprint ™
A BREAKTHROUGH IN FLEXO PRINTING TECHNOLOGY & QUALITY
Asahi’s patented CleanPrint™ technology reduces the ink filling-in in the mid-tone area over the printing run leading to fewer cleaning intervals and press stop downtimes for the printer. The CleanPrint™ plate material was developed for high quality film printing applications using solvent based inks with the objective of transferring printing jobs from other printing technologies to flexography.
Asahi’s CleanPrint™ plates are a product solution, which can easily be fitted into an existing customer’s environment without the need of additional machine investment. This flexibility enables the customer to react to changing market needs while keeping their business environment sustainable.
CleanPrint™ digital flexo plates can be produced in all Asahi AFP processing systems or corresponding processing equipment. The plate is exposed on the back to produce the desired relief depth and achieve maximum sensitivity to UV light. The plates feature excellent compatibility with commonly used solvent – and water-based ink systems on smooth film and coated paper substrates.
IN BALANCE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
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.
5 REASONS TO INVEST IN CLEANPRINT™
Why Flexo Packaging Printers/Converters Should Invest In Asahi CleanPrint
SIGNIFICANT PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTFASTER 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.
IDEAL FOR FIXED COLOR PALETTE PRINTINGFIXED 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.
EXCEPTIONAL OEEINCREASE 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.
HIGHLY SUSTAINABLEFEWER VOCs = SAFER, CLEANER & MORE SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT 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.
MEETS THE WIDEST VARIETY OF FLEXO PRINTING NEEDSUSE 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.
CLEANPRINT™ FLEXO PLATES
CleanPrint™ plates are available in both solvent and water processed systems