OEE: OEE & speed improvement
Asahi Photoproducts Showing at Proflex 2018
How Asahi flexographic printing plates provide high overall system efficiency at Gateway Packaging
Tokyo, Japan, and Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2018 - Asahi Photoproducts, a leader in the development of photopolymer plates for flexographic printing, will attend ProFlex in Stuttgart from 7 to 8 March 2018 . Organized by the DFTA in cooperation with the University of Media (HdM) Stuttgart, this industry event is one of the most important German-language trade fairs for flexo and packaging printing. At the ProFlex, Asahi will demonstrate how the US packaging service provider has optimized its plate making and what role the choice of Asahi AWP ™ flexo plates had in its 53% increase in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
"For Asahi, the ProFlex is once again the perfect forum to familiarize the flexographic printing industry with the benefits of our plates' clean-transfer technology. We are all the more pleased to have demonstrated the high productivity of the Asahi printing plates based on the positive figures at Gateway Packaging, "says Stephan Doppelhammer, Business Development Manager at Asahi Photoproducts Europe.
Asahi focuses on the water-washable Asahi AWP ™ printing plate at the Proflex. It is equipped with clean-transfer technology and is regarded as pioneering in terms of pressure in harmony with the environment. Production tests at Gateway Packaging have shown that the flexographic press can run with Asahi plates at a 17% higher speed, say 500 m / min. The machine only has to stop once for about 20 minutes to clean the plates. This results in a total production time of 7.2 hours and a remarkable improvement in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of 53%. Comparative tests with competitors' plates yielded a total runtime of 11 hours for plate cleaning times of three hours.
The polymer chemistry specially developed by Asahi is characterized by a low surface tension, so that a uniform color wetting of the plate can be achieved. The ink is beaded at the edge of the point of contact with the plate and thus has a large contact angle. As a result, optimum color transfer from the plate to the substrate is achieved. Because PASSER and ink transfer on the AWP ™ raise the quality level of flexo printing to a higher level, the time to set up a new job in the press is reduced to a minimum. This helps flexographic printers to meet the ever-increasing quality requirements of their customers and to be able to profitably produce even smaller print runs.
For more information about Asahi printing plates, visit www.Asahi-Photoproducts.com .
About Asahi Photoproducts
Asahi Photoproducts is a subsidiary of the 1971 founded Asahi Kasei Corporation. The European head office is in Belgium. Asahi Photoproducts is one of the leading pioneers in the development of photopolymer flexographic printing plates. The company has set itself the goal of developing the printing industry in harmony with the environment through the creation of high-quality flexographic printing solutions and continuous innovation.