Anilox Roll Deep Cleaning

We at Draychem recognise the adverse effect on the printing processes of poor anilox roll maintenance.
We have developed a complete service for soda blasting Anilox rolls which include regular anilox auditing using our unique traffic light system to enable cell volumes to be maintained and to ensure print consistency.
Draychem are able to deep clean Anilox rolls on site using a bicarbonate of soda blasting system. Soda particles are blasted at the surface of the rotating roller breaking down any dried ink. A vacuum is then used to recover the bicarbonate of soda and the removed material is collected for disposal, giving a tidy and effective clean.
This process can be carried out on press where the rolls are accessible or off press using Draychem’s own electronically powered spinning wheels allowing production to continue.
The demand for soda blasting can be minimized or avoided if regular usages of Draychem’s specially designed products are used in the correct manner.
Draychem is always looking to improve the printing process as a whole. With our range of Cleaning Chemicals, Soda Blasting, Blades, Anilox Auditing and general anilox care we able to offer the perfect solution to your printing maintenance requirements.
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Operation

Once on site Draychem technicians will liaise with your staff to ensure that all logistical and health and safety requirements are fulfilled. A Draychem technician will move the soda blaster to the press that needs cleaning. We will need the assistance of the machine operator to move any print units and to start the anilox roll turning with the guards up. On some printing presses the engineers/electricians have to over-ride the safety switch for this to be possible. Once the system is set up, the head of the blaster moves across the anilox roll via a trolley and bar, which is put into position, parallel to the anilox roll. This gives a nice even and consistent clean. After completion the anilox roll will need to be rinsed off with water, to get rid of the remaining soda left on the roll. Draychem will ensure that we leave the working area clean and tidy on completion.

‘On’ press requirements

The press needs to be shut down while the process is in operation. Approx. 1-2 hours per roll (depending on the condition of each anilox roll)

The area next to the printing units needs to be accessible for the blasting machine which is 1 metre by 2 metres and on its own trolley.

The operation requires compressed air with a capacity of 1.2 m3/minute (8.8kw) for blasting at 3 bar pressure with a 1/4” connection. There needs to be a mains air supply with a shut off valve within 10 metres of the machine. (Draychem will bring all necessary connections to tap into the air supply)

A standard 240v electric supply is required.

An engineer/machine operator needs to be on site at all times to liaise with the Draychem technician.

The anilox roll needs to be clean and dry and rotating with the guards up.

‘Off’ press requirements

An area of approximately 3M x 3M of level solid ground is required for set up.

The operation requires compressed air with a capacity of 1.2 m3/minute (8.8 kW) for blasting at 3 bar pressure with a 1/4” connection. There needs to be a mains air supply with a shut off valve within 10 metres of the machine. (Draychem will bring all necessary connections to tap into the air supply)

A standard 240v electric supply is required.

A fork lift or hoist is needed to lift anilox rolls onto Draychem’s spinners.

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