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How Can Asahi’s CleanPrint Help You? | Part 2: Label Edition

by Ink Specialist|05.07.20


There’s been a lot of positive conversation surrounding Asahi’s CleanPrint plate technology, but are they really that good? What exactly can printers expect to gain?

How can they help solve the issues they face every day? In this three part series we’re breaking down the benefits for a variety of end-use applications—flexible packaging, labels and folding cartons.


Label printers, especially those producing high-end designs, are held to some lofty brand-owner demands. It’s no secret that on-shelf appeal has become more important than ever in today’s consumer driven landscape.
Most printers would agree that the highly detailed designs popular with many consumer brand labels today, particularly in the health and beauty industry, are among the most challenging to produce. So how can they maximize efficiencies while improving image quality? Pairing a high quality ink with the right printing plate is a good place to start.

Label printers everywhere, rejoice.

Asahi Water Washable Plates (AWP) check all the boxes.

  • ✓ They allow for high line screens and very fine vignettes
    (we’re talking 200lpi and minimum dots of 0.5%)
  • ✓ The processing method significantly reduces VOC emissions
    (hello, Earth- and office-friendly)
  • ✓ They resist swelling when running UV inks
    (meaning less dot gain during long production runs)
  • ✓ They can be produced in a hurry
    (think 45 minutes from design change to back on press)

If you want to experience the benefits listed above firsthand, maybe it’s time to make the switch to Asahi AWP products. After all, the best printing plates are the ones you don’t have to think about.


Contact David Bell, Wikoff Graphics Market Manager, for more information regarding plates. David.Bell@wikoff.com

For more details on Wikoff Color label inks and coatings, reach out to Mark Lewis, Label Market Manager. Mark.Lewis@wikoff.com