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Toyobo

Toyobo is the worldwide leading water-washable printing plate manufacturer for Flexographic and Letterpress printing. Toyobo’s water-wash products are for printers who demand the highest print quality, while at the same time being able to operate in a solvent-free operation and fast processing.

The AllFlexo is a sister company of AV Flexologic and Toyobo’s official distributor in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Romania and Denmark. Toyobo has always been on the forefront of the flexo plate making industry.  AV Flexologic and Toyobo are working closely together to eliminate pre-press related press-downtime and to achieve higher quality flexo prints with a low cost.

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Cosmolight® NZ (New!)

The Cosmolight® NZ can be used with all water based solvent and UV inks.

Cosmolight® QZ (New!)

Cosmolight® QZ is the latest development by Toyobo’s R&D team. Cosmolight® has been developed for the label and wide-web flexo printers which demand the highest possible quality.

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Cosmolight® QZ CTP is applicable for paper board printing, flexible packaging, label printing

Cosmolight® QH

Cosmolight® QH is Toyobo’s harder CTP plate. Cosmolight® QH is good for printing harder, smoother substrates such as film and shrink sleeves. Due to the higher hardness, QH can also successfully be used as an alternative for Letterpress.

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Cosmolight®QH can be used for printing film, shrink sleeves, barcodes printing, letterpress and smooth substrates.

Cosmolight® QS

Cosmolight® QS insures high quality flexo printing.

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Main applications of Cosmolight® are label printing, flexible packaging, paper board printing and envelope printing.

Toyobo Water-washable flexo plates

Toyobo Water-washable flexo plates

Toyobo Cosmolight® CTP plates are revolutionary water-washable flexo plates that are durable to water-based ink and solvent based UV-ink. Toyobo Cosmolight® CTP plates can be used in all CTP imaging devices.

Cosmolight® flexo plates have a black layer mask as well as an oxygen-inhibition layer integrated into the plate, sealing the plate automatically for any oxygen-inhibition effects. The result is an extremely high-quality print due to a flat top dot, small dot gain and high ink transfer. Toyobo Cosmolight® CTP plates are certified by Esko for FullHD. Cosmolight® QS and QZ will outperform thermal plates and can compete with solvent-based plates on the market.

Besides an excellent print quality, Cosmolight® plates mitigate the use of hydrocarbon based solvents or even aggressive cleaning chemicals such as sodium hydroxide (‘Caustic Soca’) in prepress.

 

Toyobo Water-washable flexo plates

CTP Plate making process

There are 6 steps in the Cosmolight® CTP plate-making process which are described below. The only equipment that is required is a “combi processor” – a combined washout, exposure & dryer until such as an Aquasupreme or Cosmoline® and a laser ablation device for imaging the plate.

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A Cosmolight customer: "My personal advice to anyone looking to invest in plate making facilities, is to opt for water wash."

Of all the variables we can control, the quality and stability offered by the Toyobo plate is definitely one of the most cost-effective in achieving high printing standards.

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References

Amcor

Amcor has been working with AV Flexologic's for over 15 years. The machines are placed all over the world in their different plants.
“In 2011 I travelled to Cumbria to see the FAMM in action at the SGS plant that serviced Amcor in the region. I was instantly intrigued by the simplicity and incredibly efficient output of the FAMM. I then travelled to Holland and viewed 2 FAMMS in operation at Elopak, again incredible output."

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Boran Packaging

Boran Plastic Packaging has recently purchased a Semi Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM) 1300 and is happy to report its experiences. The company tells AV Flexologic: “The operational effectiveness has improved significantly compared to the old way of mounting. We are especially impressed by the image recognition software that automatically detect the microdots. The quality of the process of mounting plates has never been better and we now have perfect registration and great repeatability of the mounting.”

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Mondi Group

"Thanks to the FAMM we have saved a lot of costs." This explained Joachim Block, technical director at Nordenia in Halle, Germany. Nordenia is now part of the Mondi Group. Block: "AV Flexologic is the main supplier of flexo plate mounting machines for the whole Nordenia group and our cooperation with AV Flexologic has always been optimal.” He continues: “We consider AV Flexologic to be the market leader in the flexo plate mounting machines field and therefore we have a lot of confidence in their products. In the year 2008 we were looking for a new mounting machine and after comparison with mounting machines from other suppliers, we have made the decision to do business with AV Flexologic again."

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SGS

The addition of the FAMM to their workflow has dramatically increased the precision and quality of their mounting process. These are values held in high regard by SGS. With over 60 years of experience in the industry, their track record shows customer satisfaction and successful brand placement on a global scale. SGS has adopted the Lean Business System which ensures that project workflow is customized and adjusted for specific customer requirements. With the addition of the FAMM to their workflow,

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