Esko and Asahi Photoproducts unveil CrystalCleanConnect

A sustainable prepress solution for flexo packaging at virtual.drupa

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Esko and Asahi
Esko and Asahi CrystalCleanConnect flexo plate

Esko and flexo photopolymer plate developer Asahi Photoproducts unveiled the CrystalCleanConnect plate-making solution on 20 April during virtual.drupa. This automation innovation brings together key hardware and software technologies from both organizations to deliver integrated prepress solutions for the packaging sector. In this new integrated imaging and processing solution, Asahi’s AWP CleanPrint processor works with the Esko CDI Crystal 4835 and CDI Crystal 4260 XPS imagers. CrystalCleanConnect offers several breakthrough advantages from design to print as it reduces the flexo platemaking process from 12 steps to 1. It delivers a 90% reduction in dedicated operator time. And it is claimed to reduce ink usage by 20% and while achieving an average 25% increase in press overall equipment efficiency (OEE). Esko and Asahi collaborated for high-quality printing Esko and Asahi announced their collaboration last year, intending to deliver a cleaner, more environmentally balanced operation that simplifies the print form-making process, improves safety, and creates higher print quality consistency. Pascal Thomas from Esko said that CrystalCleanConnect facilitates the availability of a print from design to print by offering…

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