Anicheck – Anilox Volumetric inspection
Since the day that the anilox was invented every printer has dreamed of a simple, affordable, quick and consistent method of measuring 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.
For many of the above reasons the Anicheck 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 Anicheck 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.
9. Is very robust.