Asahi adds Hamillroad screening

Asahi Photoproducts,, which has developed a range of flexo plates that can be washed in clean water, has worked with Hamillroad Software to add the later’s Bellissima DMS screening to its CleanPrint plate system.

Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi’s Director of Technical Marketing, explained: “We first engaged with Hamillroad as a result of an Asahi customer who wanted to use their screening technology with our plates but could not. That inspired us to pursue the Hamillroad plate qualification program, which validated that we could deliver even better quality by making this screening technology available with our CleanPrint plates.”

He added: “By implementing Bellessima DMS screening with Asahi AWP CleanPrint plates, flexographic operations can take their production to a new level of quality and productivity. In addition, with our Solvent Zero approach, they can also reduce their carbon footprint and take advantage of the Carbon Neutral status we have achieved in order to facilitate calculation of their Scope 3 emissions.” 

The Scope 3 emissions, as defined in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, refer to emissions that occur in their upstream or downstream value chain.

Niederstadt continued: “Additionally, using ECG 7-colour printing with Bellissima modulated screening eliminates the risk of creating visible rosette patterns or screen clashes due to the use of extra colours, as would be the case when using amplitude modulated screening technologies. We also believe that Bellissima screening brings the type of quality improvement that can help companies transition from gravure to a more sustainable flexo printing process by achieving the fine highlight transitions to zero as well as good solid ink densities.”

All Asahi AWP CleanPrint plates are water washable. The AWP-DEW plates are already certified Carbon Neutral in collaboration with the Carbon Trust and the AWP-CleanFlat plates are currently in the final stages of the Carbon Neutral approval program. Both plates can help reduce waste and environmental impact by minimizing ink and solvent usage and reducing makeready time and waste. And since they are water washable, they eliminate the need for harsh chemicals in the platemaking process.

You can find further details on the CleanPrint plates from asahi-photoproducts.com and on the screening from hamillroad.com.


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