Asahi introduces CleanFlat flexo plate

Asahi Photoproducts, which mostly develops flexo plate and processing solutions, has shown a new water-washable flexo plate, the AWP CleanFlat FlatTop, at the SinoFlex show in Shanghai last week. 

Asahi Photoproducts has introduced this CleanFlat flexo plate with CleanPrint technology.

The AWP CleanFlat is a water-washable photopolymer plate that allows for high screening resolution and stable small dots. It creates FlatTop dots with no special workflow or equipment required and is said to offer good consistency on-press. This includes good ink laydown on wide web flexible packaging and beverage carton printing.

The CleanFlat plate is compatible with standard workflows including UV bank light tubes, UV LED or FULL HD exposure systems as well as modern microcell screening technologies. It’s suitable for working with film, label, paper and drinks carton applications. It can be used with water-based, solvent-based and UV-curable inks. There’s a choice of plate thickness, from 1.14mm with a shore A hardness of 77, to 1.70mm with a Shore A hardness of 70.

The CleanFlat plate is part of Asahi’s CleanPrint range. This technology aims to transfer all remaining ink to the printed substrate, reducing press stops for plate cleaning for greater efficiency.

You can find more information on the CleanFlat plate from

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