Ani-Check Anilox Volumetric inspection device
Ani-Check by Sandon Global
Since the day that the anilox was invented, Ani-Check is what every printer has dreamed of. This is a simple, affordable, quick and consistent device used to measure the theoretical carrying capacity of their engraved anilox.
To begin with pure math was applied to calculate the volume of a sphere, pyramid or truncated pyramid which was easy to do when the mechanical tooling was new and a defined geometric shape.
The problem with early mechanical chrome anilox was that not only did they plug but they wore down rapidly which in turn led to regular replacement of the engraved surface.
With the development of the modern ceramic coated laser engraved anilox loss of volume due to significant wear is seldom the issue but is most likely due to contamination of the coating and plugging of the actual cell.
Modern microscopes have enabled experienced operators to again use basic math to calculate the volume of an individual cell, but this is very dependent on the skill of the operator and is often inaccurate. In addition, one tiny cell can hardly be taken as an indication of the general plugging and loss of volume across and around the anilox.
This led in turn to the development of the 3d interferometry systems which not only gives a readout of the anilox volume from a larger area of cells but also can provide a 3D image of the area . All of this is very nice but it comes at a very hefty price, again requires considerable operator skill to use and interpret the data and needs regular recalibration. It is also very susceptible to vibration and generally can only be used off press and is quite fragile.
Ani-Check is a fast, simple and accurate tool for measuring anilox volumes. Based on the reading of an electrical magnetic field, Ani-Check allows print operators to quantify the condition of the anilox in their inventory.
Assessing the condition of your anilox cells is vital to achieving the best possible print results and minimises down time. Volume checking after cleaning is best practice and enables Print Managers to manage their anilox inventory.
Ink manufacturers also use the readings to formulate inks and coatings so clean anilox cells and accurate volume readings lead to accurate colour matching and production efficiency.
Sandon Global provides full training and an annual equipment calibration.
- Minimises press down time
- Fast results
- No calculations required
- Digital reading
For many of the above reasons the Ani-check system was developed and provides exactly what the printers dream started with so long ago:
1. A simple to operate system that can be used by all personnel regardless of experience.
2. An affordable unit that is a fraction of the price of a interferometry system.
3. A consistent method of anilox measurement in all environments.
4. A quick method – the Ani-check only takes 40 seconds to give a reading.
Regular inspection of your anilox volume will also provide the printer with many benefits:
1. Improved print quality
2. Faster anilox selection for each job.
3. Makes it easier to decide if an anilox needs to be cleaned.
4. Increased productivity due to less down time
5. Reduced waste due to poor print quality
6. Reduced ink costs
7. Can be used on and off press.
8. Is not affected by machine vibration.