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Robinette Says Goodbye To Solvent Platemaking

Monday, January 07, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

Bristol, TN — In October of 2011, Robinette Company saw the need for better plate quality, better print quality and the need to improve their carbon footprint. The answer was easy; The Asahi AWP Water Wash Plate System would provide them everything they were looking for. Robinette added the 35x47 AWP System to, at that time, their current platemaking department and have not looked back since.

Fast forward one year later and Robinette is again looking to improve their platemaking process, by installing a brand new 42x60 AWP System in their Bristol, TN facility. After one year of reaping the benefits that the AWP System provides, Robinette has completely eliminated their solvent based plate making system and is exclusively using the Asahi AWP material.

“After seeing significant increases in plateroom and pressroom efficiencies, it made perfect sense to everyone at Robinette when we decided to utilize the Asahi AWP material exclusively.” Stated Gene Martin of The Robinette Company. Gene also said, “The improvement in print quality, the positive environmental impact, the improved plate life and the overall increased efficiency that the AWP plate provided, really out-weighed what we were getting from our solvent system. The Asahi AWP plate really gave us everything we were looking for in a high quality plate material. With the AWP plate we can make plates in less than an hour which has improved the plate room productivity by over 30%, and a 100% VOC free process with a low carbon footprint that has helped The Robinette Company lower waste throughout the printing process and has had a significant impact on our sustainability.”

CT Graphic Arts, The exclusive distributor of Asahi Photopolymer Plate Material in the United States, completed the installation of the new 42x60 processor the first week of November. Scott Keran, President & CEO of CT Graphic Arts had this to say; “This is a great testament to the positive impact that the Asahi AWP plate can have on a company. When a customer such as The Robinette Company trusts in your product to this level and makes it their exclusive material, it really shows the industry just how good a product the Asahi AWP Plate really is. We see the savings and the overall improvement in plate and print quality, but then add a 100% VOC free and environmentally friendly process on top of that and it is definitely clear that the Asahi AWP Plate is not your average plate material.” Scott Keran also states, “Through the progressive technology of Asahi, the technical capabilities of CTGA’s technical team and our ability to provide exceptional service and add real value to our customers, Correct-Touch Graphic Arts has once again helped to bring another customer to a higher level of quality, productivity, and profitability.”

Established in 1987 and based out of Bristol, TN The Robinette Company is a full-service flexible film and paper packaging printer-converter specializing in sustainable packaging for the food, beverage, nutraceutical, construction, textile and health care markets. With a 100,000+ square foot flexible film converting facility and a 100,000+ square foot paper converting facility, The Robinette Company can provide sustainable options in films and/or paper.

Correct-Touch Graphic Arts is based out of San Luis Obispo, CA and has been in business since the year 2000. Providing cost effective and value adding solutions to the flexographic printing industry. CT Graphic Arts is the exclusive “Nationwide” Distributor of all Asahi Photopolymer Products in the United States.

For more information on Correct-Touch Graphic Arts & Asahi Photopolymer:
Scott Keran – skeran@ctgraphicarts.com


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