Italian repro company, Nu-Maber, has updated its flexo plate processing line with Asahi’s AWP-DEW water-washable CleanPrint plates and AWP-4260 PLF automated inline processor with processing, drying and light finishing.

This new configuration is Industry 4.0 compatible with remote maintenance and support capability, including Smart Glass option for the ultimate in modern remote support technology. Asahi AWP-DEW water-washable plates are designed for high quality flexographic applications, including flexible packaging and labels and are a move away from VOC washout solvent based plate processing.

‘Nu-Maber and Asahi have been partnering for more than 30 years,’ said Livio Simionato, Nu-Maber’s CEO. ‘We were the first in Italy to adopt in Asahi’s AWP water-wash technology, and our customers have appreciated the quality, productivity and eco footprint of these plates. With the new line we installed, we have increased our throughput and dramatically reduced intermediate steps and operator intervention. With the AWP-DEW plates, we are bringing new benefits to our customers across the board, in the narrow-, medium- and wide-web flexo markets. We are excited about the continued innovations we see from Asahi and look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.’

The AWP-4260 PLF is the Asahi’s flagship inline processor designed for AWP-DEW water-washable CleanPrint plates. It is composed of an automatic punching device, a processor, an air knife and a light finisher. The automatic line doubles the washout speed compared to the previous machines using AWP-DEF. It is designed to process water-washable AWP-DEW plates in two standard formats: 1200x900mm or 1067x1524mm with a thickness from 1,14 to 1,70 mm. AWP water-wash technology delivers the smallest carbon footprint from cradle to grave when compared to alternative platemaking technologies.