Flexographic FAQ

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What should I use to clean my anilox rollers?

What should I use to clean my anilox rollers – depends a great deal on the ink/coating system you are using such as water ,solvent or UV .

Each chemistry to some extent requires a unique solution for optimum results.

Care should also be taken to ensure that the cleaning product will not attack soft metals as

many cylinders can have an aluminum core that can and will be attacked by some products.

What should I use to clean my anilox sleeves?

What should i use to clean my anilox sleeves depends a great deal on the ink/coating system you are using such as water, solvent or UV .

Each chemistry to some extent requires a unique solution for optimum results.

Care should also be taken to ensure that the cleaning product will not attack soft metals as

many sleeves have aluminum shell that can and will be attacked by some products.

Anilox Solutions

Anilox solutions- there are many options in todays market place and for this reason we recommend you

give us a call to discuss the best product to suit your needs.

Off the shelf store products and solutions that you might have lying around your facility

are not always the best choice and in some cases can actually be detrimental to the surface

you are trying to clean, the operator and the environment.

What are the Best solutions for cleaning anilox?

Best solutions for cleaning anilox- The best solution to clean your anilox is one of our ultrasonic systems but that is not always an option.

The next best is to manually clean your anilox on a regular or as needed basis using one of our anilox restoration products.

Our two most popular products Eliminator & Rejuvenator are great for removing staining,camouflaging,banding.

Applying the products with one of our Erazor sponges greatly enhances the process.

Is ultrasonic cleaning safe?

Is ultrasonic cleaning safe- The answer is yes and no. Yes if you are using one of our state of the art Caresonic systems and no

if you are using systems with only single or dual frequency. These systems can create harmonics which in turn can create hot spots

in the cleaning tank and if your anilox if exposed to this technology for more than a few minutes can lead to cell wall damage.

This is not the case with our Caresonic technology which uses frequency sweep technology and by rapidly alternating the frequency

eliminates any possible hot spots forming making it safe to clean any line count for extended periods of time.

Is it safe to blast my anilox?

Is it safe to blast my anilox– If you are not concerned about getting to the bottom of engraved cells on your anilox or their longevity

then blasting is an option. Clearly this is said in jest as everyone wants to get to the bottom of the engraved cell and wants to extend

the life of their anilox. Blast systems while still in use if used incorrectly can and will damage your anilox and at higher line counts cannot reach

the bottom of the engraved cells. It is impossible for a blast type system to clean product from within the porosity of the ceramic coating

so should only ever be seen as a superficial and not a deep cleaning process.

How do I remove staining from my anilox?

How do I remove staining from my anilox– The easiest way is by using one of our Caresonic ultrasonic cleaning systems but for everyday manual cleaning we recommend

our Eliminator or Rejuvenator products that are excellent fro restoring your anilox. They are applied using one of our erazor sponges and if used in combination

have been proven over many years to be effective in removing not just staining , reticulation marking , water marks, camouflaging and banding.

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