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Chinese Label Printer Achieves 21% Improved Average OEE with AWP™ CleanPrint Flexo Plates

Tested 8 jobs, comparing AWP to their existing plate, with OEE improvement as high as 46% on some jobs

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, September 21, 2021. Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today reported a leading Chinese label printer has switched to Asahi CleanPrint AWPTM flexographic plates from their standard thermal plates following extensive comparison of the two plates running live jobs with UV ink. The company reported OEE improvements of as much as 46% for some jobs, with an average improvement of 21%. The jobs ranged from typical four-color label printing to more complex seven-color jobs with screen printing and foil. In an extreme case, with a four-color job, the press running competitive plates stopped for plate cleaning 24 times at about three minutes per event, while the press running the Asahi plates only required plate cleaning once, due to the characteristics of Asahi’s CleanPrint plates.

In the flexo industry, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE, is a measurement of the performance of a printing press. It’s a calculation – OEE = Availability x Performance x Quality – that delivers an OEE percentage. It’s a fact-based way to measure the efficiency of your operation and identify ways to continuously improve it over time.

“We found the results of these tests to be quite interesting,” said Ryo Ichihashi, general manager of Asahi Kasei Electronics Materials (Suzhou) technical center. “and in line with our overall industry experience. In the case of this label printer, the quality delivered by the two plates was roughly the same, but availability and performance were significantly improved with the Asahi CleanPrint AWPTM plates. This means that the company will now be able to produce an average of 21% more work in their shop with equivalent quality, which translates to a significant profit boost.”

CleanPrint flexographic plates from Asahi Photoproducts have been specifically developed by our chemical engineers to transfer remaining ink to the printed substrate, reducing press stops for plate cleaning while delivering exceptional consistent quality throughout the entire run. This results in higher quality, less waste, and improvement in OEE, as clearly demonstrated by this Chinese label printer’s comparative study.

For further information please watch our video, download the OEE brochure and/or check the OEE calculator and find out how you can improve your flexo operational excellence!

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