No printer is unaware of the need to have an anilox cylinder in optimal working conditions. Anilox depends on the intensity of the color, the definition of the patterns or the homogeneous extension of the ink, to name a few examples. A good choice in recording it allows us to obtain superior performance, thanks to the different technologies we have, but it will not be achievable without a good cleaning maintenance plan.
The importance of deep cell cleaning
When the anilox cylinder is working never empties 100%, nor is it possible to completely clean fresh ink when we finish a job or workday. It always has a tendency to accumulate ink residues at the bottom of the cells, which fixed over time, forming a sediment that reduces the supply of ink. This reduction in volume will cause print quality problems, sometimes imperceptibly in short periods of time and sometimes irregularly.
Manual cleaning tasks can be uncomfortable due to the fact that they are delayed in time or are not carried out in a homogeneous way, for this reason it is increasingly implanted to proceed to the automatic cleaning of the cylinders by means of ultrasonic anilox cleaning equipment. .
The advantages of the automatic process
This type of equipment, such as the Ibeslab IE02 US, works through a bubble formation process called cavitation. Cavitation consists of generating high frequency waves, by means of electric currents in a liquid bath. Microbubbles allow access to places more inaccessible for other cleaning methods.
A network water bath is generated in which a concentrated, water-based detergent is added. The water is heated to a temperature between 40 and 50 degrees, in which the anilox cylinder is partially immersed. The anilox turning system allows the shafts to be out of the bath. The action of the ultrasonic waves combined with the aqueous detergent cleans the cylinder completely in about 15 minutes.
Then we can rinse it with water and dry it with the built-in air gun, leaving the anilox ready for use.
The Ibeslab IE02 US equipment is designed for the placement of different sizes of anilox, with a simple sliding support system, as it is common in many printing shops to have machines with different printing widths. Also, for anilox sleeves, there are adapters that are made to measure.
Likewise, the equipment can be manufactured for the simultaneous cleaning of more cylinders, or with a parallel water rinsing stage. For large size anilox special cleaning machines are designed, adapting to the needs of production.
The comfort of its use and the efficiency of the cleaning system allow printers to always have the anilox in their original volume, avoiding quality problems due to color variations or other types of causes, at extremely low cost.