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  • 31 Jan 2020

Asahi unveils new water recycling technology

Asahi unveils new water recycling technology

Asahi Photoproducts has launched a new environmentally friendly technology, reducing wastewater produced during the platemaking process by 80 percent. The new recycling unit will be incorporated in all new systems manufactured by the company.

According to the company, the new recycling technology uses two liters of water per square meter, versus 10 liters in units without the recycling unit installed offering 80n percent reduction in wastewater. Additionally, minimal waste from the system, in the form of dry cake and a highly concentrated liquid extract, can be incinerated with the liquid contributing to the cooling of the plant, resulting in even more water savings.

‘As we have done for the past 45 years, we continue to look for ways to make the flexo printing process more efficient and in harmony with the environment while also improving overall effectiveness,’ said Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi Photoproducts’ technical marketing manager. ‘This latest improvement pushes flexographic printing into an even more environmentally balanced position, preserving precious water resources while maintaining the quality and efficiency our customers have come to expect. It’s another important strategic element of Asahi’s CleanPrint technology.’

CleanPrint plates have been specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the printed substrate, reducing makeready time and press cleaning stops as compared to other platemaking systems while delivering exceptional quality.

The new recycling unit will be incorporated in all new systems manufactured by the company and can be retrofitted to existing platemaking systems.

Asahi will be showing the new technology and its environmental benefits for the first time during drupa 2020. 

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