Esko has collaborated with Asahi Photoproducts to deliver CrystalCleanConnect (CCC) – a fully automated, more sustainable, end-to-end platemaking process that significantly reduces the number of steps in the flexo-platemaking process from 12 to just one! This equates to an average reduction from 36 minutes in platemaking and plate cutting, to just 2.5 minutes of operator time to complete all processing steps – an immediate 90% reduction. Quality is assured through Asahi and Esko technologies working in harmony, and the combination delivers an average increase of 25% in press OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
The technology can also create new business opportunities and positively transform into a printing technology that’s in balance with the environment, said the companies. This breakthrough innovation is a holistic approach to connecting technologies, upstream and downstream of the prepress value chain, using intelligent automation. CCC delivers a mount-ready plate in addition to being the first automated production solution without needing VOC-based washout solvents in the platemaking process.