BWJ Graphics switches to Asahi water washable plates
Flexo trade shop based in Missouri, USA, BWJ Graphics has switched its flexographic plate production to Asahi Photoproducts AWP CleanPrint water wash plates to better meet customer requirements.
The company was using a flexo platemaking system that relied on VOC solvent washout. However, its customers were looking for faster delivery time and cleaner plates that delivered higher quality. The company partnered with Asahi Photoproducts and its distributor Wikoff Color to seek sustainable technology that would meet these customer needs.
Scott DeLano, president at BWJ Graphics, said: ‘As we worked with Asahi and Wikoff, it became clear that transitioning to Asahi’s AWP CleanPrint water washable plates would be the ideal solution for meeting these growing customer needs. A key benefit of the CleanPrint technology is the fact that it reduces platemaking time to less than an hour, which allows us to quickly and successfully make plates even with last minute orders. Not only have these plates and the faster delivery time increased the satisfaction of our existing customers, but they have enabled us to acquire new customers as well. And we have received excellent feedback as to the print quality these plates deliver and their overall cleanliness.’
Asahi AWP CleanPrint water-washable flexographic plates are processed without VOC-based washout solvents and are claimed to deliver a faster time to press than VOC solvent-based plates. The plates are a result of engineered photopolymer chemistry design. The water-wash technology also features a low surface energy plate. In addition, AWP-DEW CleanPrint plates offer precise registration.