When the Armex® Anilox Formula is delivered at the appropriate PSI (35 PSI for Ceramic, 25 for Chrome) by the Sanilox™ System, there is a micro explosion that causes the media to break down and scour the dried ink from the inside of the cells. If delivered at lower pressures, the media cannot break down properly which provides an ineffective clean. Many systems also have sub-par dust collection systems which can’t effectively vacuum the cleaning media and roll contamination.
Anilox Roll Cleaning Equipment
As mentioned in the previous Tech Tip, baking soda is ideal for cleaning anilox rolls because its crystal size allows for penetration into even the smallest cell opening. The particle breaks down from a 75 micron particle to less than 6 microns. The opening of a 2000 LPI cell is 10 microns, thus making it effective for any line count, cell geometry or volume. In addition, baking soda is softer than the ceramic or chrome coating on any anilox or gravure roll, making it extremely difficult to damage the engraving.
Eaglewood Technologies will be participating in the 3M Flexo Symposium July 13th at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN. Our own Peter J. Mulheran is among the industry experts and will present “Effective Anilox Care – Utilizing Continuous Improvement Methods”. Other authorities at the sold out forum will speak on a range of quality issues such as, educating your workforce, plate quality and driving global brand consistency.
Why is baking soda cleaning so effective in removing inks, coatings and adhesives from anilox rolls? Cleaning with baking soda has been around for decades. This media is a natural, water soluble, inorganic compound with a soft crystalline structure that makes it an ideal cleaning agent.
Baking soda cleaning evolved from cleaning monuments, historical buildings and aerospace components all the way to cleaning ink out of the cells of anilox rolls. Baking soda is a natural for cleaning anilox rolls due to how soft the particle is in comparison to most substrates. Yet the crystal size allows the media to penetrate the smallest cell opening. The Armex® Anilox Formula is made specifically for use in the Sanilox™ Roll Cleaning System to remove dried inks, coatings and adhesives from anilox rolls.
From the anilox roll cleaning experts, you asked and we listened! Eaglewood Technologies has produced a new Sanilox™ video with the latest features highlighted. The video illustrates the new touchscreens as well as on and off press cleaning in a concise video. Some customers feel the video provides enough detail that a live demonstration isn’t necessary! Watch the latest in anilox roll cleaning technology on our website, www.eaglewoodtech.com, or on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JogCeKNizCM&feature-youtu.be
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Eaglewood Technologies, makers of Sanilox™ Anilox Roll Cleaning Systems has seen recent growth in the South American market with installations in Santiago, Chile, Lima, Peru and Bogota Colombia. The Sanilox™ 2.0 makes anilox roll cleaning totally automated in-line or off-line and will help monitor roll inventory and maintenance.
The Sanilox™ 2.0 is operated by a touchscreen in Spanish or English and is an environmentally safe method of deep cleaning anilox rolls. View videos of the systems in action at www.eaglewoodtech.com, contact our office at (800) 347-1959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit us at InfoFlex 2016, Booth #219.