Denmark-based Flexo Wash – one of the world’s leading providers of systems for anilox cleaning, plate and parts washing along with distillation units for solvent recovery – showcased one of its anilox cleaning machines at PlastIndia 2023 in New Delhi. The company caters to customers across the printing industry including flexo and gravure, as well as corrugated, offset, and coating.
“We are showing an automatic cleaning machine for the flexible packaging convertors. Our anilox cleaning solutions help get consistent output and increase the press up-time. A large share of problems in a press is generally because of anilox. Most of the anilox-related problems can be eliminated by starting the job with a deep clean anilox. Our cleaning solutions are one-touch and fully automatic, and do not require any manual intervention,” said Svend Brix, sales director, Flexo Wash.
Brix said the effective and safe cleaning of anilox helps the convertors generate more revenue as they get an efficient press and long-lasting anilox rolls.
Mumbai-based Scanvik Packaging is Flexo Wash’s exclusive agent for India and Sri Lanka. At present, Flexo Wash washing solutions are being used by major packaging convertors in India.
Brix said Flexo’s automatic cleaning solutions not only increase the press up-time and reduce the chances of damage to the anilox rolls, they also help the environment by reducing the effects of manual cleaning inside the factory.
Automation of cleaning in rotogravure industry yet to take off
Brix said that automation of cleaning is mainly happening in the CI flexo printing industry in India and not in the rotogravure industry.
“It really puzzles me that in the rotogravure printing industry in India, automation of cleaning is not picking up yet. There is a very solid business case for convertors to go for automatic cleaning of cylinders as it reduces the press downtime, and makes the press easier to operate. A more efficient press impacts the bottom line. Yes, the initial investment is high but the returns are also high,” he argues.
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