Print Methods, a producer of washers and washing gear for flexo printers, has launched an in-line polymer plate washing system that features the Faster AF plate feeder, Faster C-series washer and Faster AR plate receiver.
The polymer plate feeder and receiver are suitable with any Faster washer. The straightforward management of in-line system gear operation contains fundamental parameters, such because the pace of the machine, which the operator adjusts in accordance with the diploma of plate contamination.
Twenty-five polymer plates are positioned for laundry within the feeder. After the washing, rinsing and drying processes are full, they’re despatched to the receiving desk, the place they’re organized in the identical order as within the feeder, making it simple to archive them rapidly. The totally computerized course of takes 25 minutes, together with loading of 25 plates into the feeder by the operator, which takes two to 3 minutes.
In response to Print Methods, the automation saves as much as 90 % of operator’s time with the price of computerized washing at solely a 3rd of the price of handbook washing.
The washer itself operates in a closed circuit, utilizing much less chemical compounds and water. As well as, liquids should not heated, which reduces electrical energy consumption.
The usage of Faster gear and specialised cleansing chemical compounds doesn’t require the development of pricey air flow methods as no poisonous fumes are emitted within the course of.
Print Methods says that the automated washing is protected for the operator in addition to the polymer plates, and harm to the polymer is just about not possible.
‘Any automation of processes utilizing progressive equipment and gear interprets into huge financial savings sooner or later,’ stated Dariusz Szymendera, president of Print Methods. ‘The drastic improve in the price of electrical energy, heating, water and most of the uncooked supplies utilized in flexographic printing is inflicting a radical change in enterprise administration. Based mostly on our data, each printer is now targeted on discovering options to scale back manufacturing prices and involving the crew in polymer washing is a significant problem.’