There are several types of cleaning when it comes to aniloxes. The most common are liquid cleaning and laser cleaning. Both give a perfect cleaning result and will reduce your downtime and expenses, but which method is the best for you and your needs? In this blog we will focus on our laser system, because laser cleaning has gained a lot of attention the last few years.
The Flexo Wash Laser Anilox Cleaners have been in development for a long time, where we have perfected what we think are essential for a laser cleaning. Software engineer, Martin Bo Augustinus, at Flexo Wash says this about the technology:
“Our laser units have been designed for the future with focus on high protection of the anilox, easy handling and newest software solutions. At Flexo Wash we are experts in anilox cleaning, and we know what is important when dealing with delicate aniloxes and this have been the driving force in developing the laser-series. “
The technology behind the stainless-steel façade
The electrically driven drawer opens via a foot pedal and ensures easy loading, which means you protect both your anilox and your back. The set-up of the machine is very simple and you can start it with only a few touches on the LCD-screen.
The laser from Flexo Wash had been fitted with a class 1 laser system with auto focus. It is safe under all conditions of normal use. You do not need safety goggles or other safety equipment (unless you stare directly into the laser, which you should never do)
Time is everything in the print industry. Therefore, when it comes to cleaning a lot of people focus on speed, but with a laser cleaning system it is not that simple. Turning up the speed and power of your laser system destroys your anilox in no time. A laser cleaning system is efficient, but it can only work in a relative speed to power ratio if you want to maintain your aniloxes.
Martin Bo Augustinus elaborates: “We know that we don’t have the quickest laser on the market, but we strive to be the safest. We have this goal, because we know that aniloxes are expensive and you want to use them for many years. Our laser is both efficient in cleaning and safe for your anilox”
Features in the Flexo Wash Anilox laser cleaner:
- Anilox Database – every anilox and its cleaning is registered
- Easy drawer opens with electric foot pedal
- Auto Focus – The laser is automatically adjusted to the size of the anilox
- The unit can clean multiple small aniloxes of different sizes
- Event log – FW Technicians can provide worldwide service via LAN-connections
- PLC-system with 10” screen
- Extraction system with two filters ensures no harmful fumes leaves the machine
- Filter alarm indicates when it is time to change filters
Martin Bo Augustinus sums up the system with these words: “With our laser you get a waste-free, completely safe, and automatic anilox cleaner that will give you a more sustainable cleaning solution. The Flexo Wash laser system can be installed without requiring water supply, drain or safety equipment – simply plug-in the machine and you are good to go.”
When should you choose a laser?
There are two main things you should ask yourself before you get a laser system. How many aniloxes do you clean per day and how much time do you have for cleaning. If you clean 20 or more aniloxes per day and have limited time to clean, maybe it would be wise to consider liquid cleaning instead of laser system. However, if you clean less than 20 aniloxes per day and have more time between longer shifts then a laser cleaning system might be the best solution for you.
But there are no right or wrong decision here. You should choose the system that best fit your needs.