Asahi OEE Reloaded


A handy video for the flexo printer 


Improve your print production capacity by up to a third by just changing your plate! 


Asahi Photoproducts is a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development. The company has now published a brief, educational video that provides a simple but effective explanation of the value to a flexo plant of calculating, monitoring and managing the operation’s Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) percentage. The video also links to a simple to use OEE calculator that allows owners and managers of flexo operations to calculate OEE using their own data.


‘Over the years, Asahi Photoproducts has published much information about OEE and the role our plates can play in improving a flexo operation’s OEE percentage,’ said Dieter Niederstadt, technical marketing manager of Asahi Photoproducts. ‘Although not rocket science for many operations, the OEE concept has remained complicated and how to actually calculate it a bit obscure. There was no handy explanation for a quick and easy calculation of the OEE specific to flexography for a specific operation or press. With the release of this video and our easy to use OEE calculator, this all changes. Now, the meaning of OEE for flexo operations and how they can determine the operation’s OEE is no longer obscure or complicated.’

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In Asahi’s experience, customers who simply switch to Asahi CleanPrint water washable plates can improve their print production capacity by up to a third with little requirement for change in the overall plant workflow. This was learned both from customers with long run jobs as well as customers with frequent job changes. As part of calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of prepress and the pressroom in a flexo plant, OEE is a significant factor. 


Many operations limit their view by focusing mainly on the cost of flexo plates,’ Dieter added, ‘but once you examine the operation more holistically as you calculate your own OEE, you will note that the cost of plates is actually a significantly smaller percentage of the overall picture than you might have realised. The value gained by improving OEE boils down to the ability to increase throughput of sellable finished product while reducing waste, making it easier to meet the tighter production deadlines imposed by today’s brands, who are anxious to improve their time to market.’

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To better understand how OEE applies to the flexo industry, how it is calculated, and the impact of improving it, view the educational video here, or see  below. Then download the OEE calculator, and you will be on the road to improved overall performance and profitability!


For more information about flexographic solutions from Asahi Photoproducts that are in harmony with the environment, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com


Asahi Photoproducts was founded in 1971 and is a subsidiary of the Asahi Kasei Corporation. Asahi Photoproducts is a leading pioneer in the development of photopolymer flexo printing plates. By creating high quality flexographic solutions and through continued innovation, the company aims at driving print forward in harmony with the environment. 


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