Asahi Photoproducts’ water recycling unit – the latest development in its CleanPrint strategy – uses two litres of water per square metre, versus 10 litres in units without the recycling unit, a reduction in platemaking waste water of 80%.
In addition, 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 incineration plant, resulting in even more water savings. Existing Asahi platemaking systems can be retrofitted with the recycling unit so that all Asahi platemaking processes are more in harmony with the environment.
‘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 flexographic plates from Asahi Photoproducts have been engineered by Asahi’s chemical engineers to transfer all remaining ink to the printed substrate, reducing makeready time and press cleaning stops while delivering exceptional quality. Asahi CleanPrint flexographic plates are also ideal for fixed colour palette printing, a method that is increasingly being adopted to save time and money while still delivering the quality brands expect.
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