New Flexo Plate Technology - Does Pinning Top Nail It?


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Asahi’s AFP-TOP is a premium digital flexo plate giving the printer a wide colour space with vibrant colour reproductions and soft tonal shades fading out to zero. TOP incorporates the “Pinning Top Dot” Technology, which allows a kiss touch printing pressure setting with constant repeatability of printing quality during the production run.

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New Flexo Plate Technology - Does Pinning Top Nail It?

  1. 1. Does Pinning Top Nail It? A Webinar for Flexo Innovators Asahi TOP Flexographic Plate Material July 23, 2013 SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  2. 2. Goals of This Webinar → Present the reasoning behind the development of Pinning Top Dot Technology, and specifically, TOP. → Review physical and technical makeup of the Pinning Top Dot. → Clarify points of differentiation and deliverables with Pinning Top Dot technology → Share case study observations from print trials... • Wide, Medium, Narrow web width • UV, Water, Solvent inks • Variety of substrates → Provide next steps for determining value of PTD for your company 2 SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  3. 3. Matt Williams, Dixie Graphics Executive Vice President Les Rawding, Correct Touch Graphic Arts National Sales Manager Jay Gieske, Dixie Graphics Business Development SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS: Participants
  4. 4. Pinning Top Dot Development New concept from Asahi → Theory behind Pinning Top Technology Industry needs → Points of differentiation → Opportunity for new plate technology Plate material development → Water washable “AWP” - 2011 → Solvent Wash “TOP” - 2013 SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  5. 5. Conventional PolymerPinning Top Dot (175lpi,  10%) (175lpi,  10%) Dot structure physical makeup Comparison (200um dot) SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  6. 6. What Is “Pinning Top Dot” SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  7. 7. What Is “Pinning Top Dot” Conventional PolymerNew Polymer Conventional PolymerNew Polymer Conventional PolymerNew Polymer SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  8. 8. Potential Deliverables of TOP Quality → Formulation of exceptionally fine highlight dot and stable printing quality Productivity → Higher printing productivity due to polymer design of excellent ink transfer. SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  9. 9. Print results in fine highlight areas SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS: Plate High light (175lpi, 10%) Pinning Top Conventional Flat Top
  10. 10. Solid pattern printing SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS: Without Special Pattern on Solid Without Special Pattern on Solid Plate Print Plate Print Pinning Top AFP Flat Top
  11. 11. Ink-spread / Ink transfer SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  12. 12. Ink Release Observations SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  13. 13. Ink-build comparisons SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  14. 14. Case Studies A look at the beta testing that’s been performed since January 2013 SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS:
  15. 15. Case Study Group A - Narrow Web Narrow Web – UV Ink – Glaminate Concern / challenge areas > → Ink coverage → Smooth screen transition • Narrow Web – Water-based Ink – Label Stock (gloss and semi-gloss) → Concern / challenge areas > • Vignettes to zero, minimum highlight dot(s)
  16. 16. Case Study Group B - Wide Web Wide Web – Solvent Ink – Film PE and PP Concern / challenge areas > → Plate durability for longer runs → Wide Web – UV Ink – Poly Coated and Clay → Coat Board → Concern / challenge areas > → Downtime due to plate cleaning
  17. 17. How Do I Get These Plates On My Press? SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS: Email Matt Williams | or Jay Gieske |
  18. 18. Questions and Comments SPONSORED BY: CONTRIBUTORS: