Esko and Asahi Photoproducts unveil CrystalCleanConnect on virtual.drupa
Esko and flexographic photopolymer plate developer Asahi photoproducts unveiled the CrystalCleanConnect Plate Manufacturing Solution April 20 at virtual.drupa. This automation innovation brings together key hardware and software technologies from both organizations to deliver integrated prepress solutions for the packaging industry.
In this process, Asahi AWP CleanPrint Processor walk with Esko CDI Crystal 4835 and CDI Crystal 4260 XPS Imagers. CrystalCleanConnect offers several revolutionary benefits, from design to printing, as it reduces the plate manufacturing process from 12 steps to 1. It offers a 90% reduction in operator time. Reduces ink consumption by 20% and provides an average 25% increase in overall press equipment efficiency (OEE).
Esko and Asahi Collaborated for CrystalCleanConnect Plate Making Solution
Esko and Asahi announced their collaboration last year to deliver a cleaner, more environmentally friendly operation which simplifies the process of creating print forms, improves security and creates greater consistency in print quality.
Pascal thomas Esko said that CrystalCleanConnect facilitates the availability of a print from design to print by providing a fully automated process, “resulting in a significant reduction in total cost of ownership and improving efficiency and profitability. ”
Dieter Niederstadt of Asahi Photoproducts stated that AWP CleanPrint Improves printing with less plate cleaning and faster preparation due to better plate registration.
The first CrystalCleanConnect was installed at Nabe Process Corporation in Japan, and the installation was completed a few weeks ago. Shinya nabesaka, President of Nabe Process Corporation, said: “We find great value to join this CrystalCleanConnect project with Esko and Asahi Kasei, verifying that this cutting edge concept of sustainable full automation system will be the next standard in flexo plate manufacturing process. ”