TCL Packaging has collaborated with Creation Reprographics and Asahi Photoproducts to migrate from gravure production to flexography for its flexible packaging solutions.

The UK-based firm will be installing Asahi Photoproducts’ AWP flexo plates for the change.

The plates are washable and use pinning technology, which enables a clean ink transfer by preventing ink accumulation on the surface and shoulders in screen areas.

It also restricts liquid flow due to low plate surface tension. The ink used during printing forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point, which enables a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate. It is claimed to help flexographic printers meet the rising customer demands for better quality.

"When we began working with Creation Reprographics, we were really impressed with the quality standard they could deliver on the Asahi AWP plate solution."

Asahi’s AWP plates have been proven to have the ability to print down between 2% and 3% using classical round dot screening, the firm claimed. The latest screening technologies enables the plate to reproduce a vignette fade to zero.

TCL production manager Dean Langford said: "We initially assessed about five different flexographic plates, but when we began working with Creation Reprographics, we were really impressed with the quality standard they could deliver on the Asahi AWP plate solution.

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"Working with our repro team, Creation Reprographics took two eight-colour gravure jobs, did extensive colour management and fingerprinting work and delivered them in five colours on our new Uteco line investment, with outstanding performance according to our customer."

TCL supplies printed packaging films to the market and carries out its operations at a 70,000ft² facility with 55 employees.

Image: TCL Packaging is migrating from gravure production to flexography for food and non-food flexible packaging. Photo: courtesy of TCL Packaging.