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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators Anderson & VreelAnd: Toyobo UV WATer WAsh PlATe The new Toyobo UV flexo plate—a water-washable pho- topolymer—was among the many offerings at Labelexpo by Anderson & Vreeland. The plate is suitable for UV flexo inks, can be processed in plain tap water, and features a short process time: press ready in less than 30 minutes. Plate processing equipment, materials and software de- signed for tag and label printers were also on display by A&V, including EskoArtwork digital flexo plate and film imagers, multi-function plate processors, and digital proofing systems. AsAhi PhoToProdUcTs: WATer WAshAble digiTAl PlATes Asahi Photoproducts presented its new AWP water-wash plates to the industry at Labelexpo Americas. The plates have been in development for a decade, according to VP Sales and Marketing Joseph Bauer, and are for use in digital imagers. Asahi aims to challenge the market share of thermal plates in the narrow web industry. The company also marketed a plate development unit, which features a closed loop washing system. The water and other ingredients in the wash are contained within the unit at all times, and the spent polymers can be removed as solids. AVery dennison: Thin liner, shrink/lAbel combo Avery Dennison Fasson Roll revealed the results of two years of effort on its approach to product innovation, demon- strating to Labelexpo attendees and the converting commu- nity a collection of new products and concepts in a variety of label applications. Curve Appeal is a patent-pending system encompass- ing special Fasson Curvy film labels that work together in a machine application process. Curvy film combines a wraparound look with the shelf appeal of pressure sensitive graphics. It creates up to 30 percent more space for primary labeling than current flat surfaces and, because it reduces the need for two-ply label constructions, enables larger back panels to carry more product or multi-language information. Also new is ThinStream, which combines an ultra-thin PET liner material with patented machine technology to enable production of a liner only 12 microns thick, or half the thick- 62 FLEXO october 2010 www.flexography.org seen on the show Floor... FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 62 10/15/10 9:28 AM
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