Printing professionals spend a lot of time selecting the correct anilox roll cleaner for a job. Close consideration goes into cell geometry, line screen, and cell volume to guarantee that a precise amount of coating or ink is delivered to the substrate. Anilox roll cleaner is essential to maintain this precision.
If roll cleaning is neglected on a regular basis, you will not get the best return on your anilox investment. Plugged cells can adversely affect print quality and cause frustration, waste, and downtime. An anilox roll cleaning program, including daily, weekly, and deep cleaning, will help preserve the integrity of the anilox engraving and maintain quality, press efficiency, and longer anilox life.
When you receive a newly engraved anilox roll from the manufacturer, volume is typically even across and around the surface of the roll. Anilox roll cleaner becomes necessary as the roll is used because a residual amount of ink or coating material is usually left behind in the cells after the transfer has taken place. This residue dries up and creates build-up in the cells. Over time, these dried deposits can greatly decrease the capacity of the cells and reduce their ability to carry and release the precise volume of liquid for which they were designed.
Benefits of Regular Use of Anilox Roll Cleaner:
- The dependable transfer of a precise volume of ink or coating
- Reduced labor and less downtime
- Consistent coverage
- Fewer job rejections and waste
- Longer anilox life and lower re-working costs
A clean press leads to clean and attractive printed products. However, a stained and grimy press can have the exact opposite effect. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your press as clean as possible; it’s the best way to ensure that your clients are completely satisfied.
Fortunately, it’s never been easier to keep your press clean thanks to the high-quality products and press cleaners from Deep Cleen. These products constitute an industrial cleaning solution that has been formulated to remove dried-on ink upon contact from any surfaces that are causing you trouble. Deep Cleen products are effective in glycol, water, and UV ink applications. Press cleaners also available in a concentrated liquid form.
How They Work
It’s easy to use Deep Cleen products. Simply dilute the concentrate in water, apply the solution to any dirty surface, and wipe with a rag. When the stains have disappeared, use water to rinse off the newly-cleaned surface and clear away the solution.
When using Deep Cleen products, always be sure to wear eye and hand protection. Glasses and gloves are the best way to keep you safe during the application process. As with any industrial-strength cleaner; seek medical attention if any products touch your eyes or skin, or if you ingest or inhale any Deep Cleen products.
A composite blade can be used for many ink metering applications. The most common composites are made from fiberglass and carbon fiber. In addition to different materials for the blades themselves, composite blades come in several tip shapes to achieve the utmost performance in ink metering. For composite blades, typically, there is a beveled edge shape with a nominal 10° to 15° bevel angle. Long bevel profiles can help reduce ink leakage past the flexo chamber end seals.
With the use of composite blades from dependable vendors such as Allison Systems, you will experience a result better than any other on the market. In particular, fiberglass and fiberglass plus materials are highly recommended for top quality.
Fiberglass composite blades have a longer life span than carbon steel metal blades with good metering quality. Fiberglass is best used with ceramic anilox rolls with <500 LPI screens.
Fiberglass is usually available in 20 mil thicknesses with an SLR (Seal Relief 15°) bevel.
Fiberglass Plus composite blades typically provide all the features of Fiberglass and improved metering quality, nearly matching that of metal blades. Fiberglass Plus can be used with any ceramic anilox and is usually available in 14 and 20 mil thicknesses with an SLR (Seal Relief 15°) bevel.
It can be easy to forget about your end seals—out of sight, out of mind. However, these small components play a significant role in your ability to retain customers. Without high-quality end seals, your press and doctor blade will run less efficiently and produce inferior results. Both of these consequences can lead to customers looking elsewhere for printing services.
Unfortunately, many printers don’t have sufficient knowledge of these seals to recognize when they’re causing trouble. The best way to make this determination is to contact one of the professionals at Allison Systems Corporation. We have an impressive and in-depth knowledge of end seals and the problems they cause—and we’re always happy to share the benefits of that knowledge with you.
More Common Than You Realize
Many OEMs sell printing presses at extremely high markups. But that doesn’t mean that every component is of the highest quality. Some manufacturers use subpar components (including end seals) to reduce their costs. For this reason, leaky end seals are more common than you might imagine, and they may be the source of your printing frustrations. Excessive ink waste, score lines, long printing times, and damaged rolls are all signs of leaking end seals.
Allison Systems Corporation offers quality end seals to make your press and doctor blade work better than ever before. Count on us for both OEM replacements and custom seals to solve your printing woes.