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Ink & Ink Dispensers


Corporation as a US distributor. This additional US distributor broadens Asahi’s US footprint, bringing Asahi solutions closer to the customer. Founded in 1956, Wikoff Color is an employee-owned manufacturer of inks and coatings for a variety of printing technologies. “The US is a large market and very


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sahi Photoproducts, developer of flexographic photopolymer plates has signed Wikoff Color


important to Asahi,” states Aki Kato, managing director at Asahi Photoproducts. “With platemaking moving closer and closer to the printing press, it is a significant benefit to us and to the end customer to have their trusted ink and coatings supplier also provide their flexo plates.” Wikoff Color will have access to the full range of flexographic plates from Asahi Photoproducts, including to its AWP water-washable plates with ‘Clean Transfer Technology’. “We are delighted to enter into this


important relationship with Asahi,” says Joe


Kubasiak, market manager for Flexible Packaging at Wikoff Color. “As a company, our focus is on sustained, profitable growth rather than short-term results. In entering into this relationship, we are making the investments necessary for its success by setting up a technical center and hiring the necessary staff in order to train our customers on how to get the best possible quality from Asahi photopolymer plates. We are very excited about the growth this will offer us in the future and our ability to deliver increased value to our customers.”


CLEAN TRANSFER TECHNOLOGY A feature of many of Asahi’s flexographic printing plates, ‘Clean Transfer Technology’ enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements. Precise plate register achieved with Asahi plates ensures very high quality process printing with a fixed colour palette, minimising the need to use


Screens reign supreme Software gives ‘final polish’ to inkjet prints


inkjet presses is available from Global Graphics Software. Advanced Inkjet Screens can be applied to any print industry workflow. Their flexibility means that they can be added to presses already on the market, or incorporated into an inkjet press that’s still on the drawing board. Advanced Inkjet Screens smooth out


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imperfections caused by the physics of jetting ink onto substrate. There are two variants: the Pearl screen produces a very natural effect on more or less absorbent substrates, whereas the Mirror screen is ideal for non-absorbent and poorly- wetting surfaces such as tin cans and flexible packaging, and also areas of dense metallic ink. “Most printing software assumes that a


press can print a perfect grid of dots,” observes product manager Tom Mooney. “In practice on an inkjet press there are often variables that lead to changes in the size, shape or position of each drop. Even though these individual drops are very


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set of new software screens that adds the ‘final polish’ to output produced on


small, the result is that they coalesce, creating artifacts and errors that are often visible at the intended viewing distance in the finished print. “By measuring the characteristics of the


drop generation and interaction with the substrate, it is possible to fine-tune the halftone dot shapes and placement within the screening definition to mitigate unwanted variables. The result is print that is visually largely error-free, because the optimised screen compensates for and masks the effect of errors in the print process.” Global Graphics has a long history in


screening innovation dating back to its patented FM or stochastic screening technology of the 1990s. In the age of digital printing, and inkjet in particular, Global Graphics has developed new screening technologies from the ground up in response to press manufacturers’ concerns about image quality in single pass inkjet applications.


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Ink manufacturer adds Asahi Photoproducts flexo plates for one-stop solution


and manage spot colour inks. Clean Transfer Technology allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow. The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever-increasing quality demands of their customers.


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