Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
9291 Bryn Mawr Ave,
Rosemont, IL 60018

Asahi Photoproducts shows benefits of AWP Clean Transfer Technology


The water-washable printing plate technology does not require high temperatures or VOC-based solvents.

Asahi Photoproducts, a specialist in flexographic photopolymer plate development, is showing 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.

“At the show, we are showing 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,” said Makoto Nagata, Sales Manager Overseas for Asahi. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and sharing information about the possibilities created with the quick, consistent, and highest quality creation of plates using the Asahi AWP family of plates.”

Asahi experts are also available to speak with visitors about the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) benefits of Asahi AWP plates. “Printing operations stand to reap huge benefits from moving to AWP plates,” adds Nagata. “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.”

Benefits of AWP Clean Transfer Technology
Asahi’s AWP Clean Transfer technology provides a viable alternative to conventional flexo printing plates. Its water washable printing plate technology does not require high temperatures or VOC-based solvents. It provides high register accuracy, making it particularly suitable for printing with a fixed color palette and enabling odorless production. In addition to saving time and money and reducing waste, it also supports energy savings, while assuring exceptional quality and brilliant prints with significant improvement in overall equipment efficiency (OEE) as compared to traditional flexo plates. All of this delivers the most efficient flexographic printing plates in balance with the environment resulting high quality printed materials.