At Flexo Wash, we talk with our customers, and they talk back! They let us know directly what their issues are and what, “has them down”. In the last month, we visited with an existing customer and found that dirty anilox was not the most pressing concern. It has been challenges tied to plate washing.
Plate Washing Has Them Down
This customer is a narrow web printer just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio has two narrow web flexo presses and a Flexo Wash Anilox Cleaner. They are washing their flexo plates by hand and it has become a daunting task…
We found the following:
- About 30 plates are cleaned per day and three minutes is needed to clean each plate by hand
- They do not have the manpower to keep up, and they are spending 90 minutes each day cleaning plates manually.
- Plates are getting damaged causing additional down time on the press. Roughly 26 times a year, a damaged or dirty plate will take the press down, which takes about 1.5 hours to fix.
- Since time is of the essence, these plates do get damaged during cleaning. Yet, at 100 lost plates a year with a cost of $120 each, the financial expense has an impact on the bottom line.
Purchasing a Plate Washer Leads to a Payoff in Real Dollars
These are common problems, and we have helped a number of customers understand the actual dollars that are lost, and their impact on the bottom line. After gathering all the data, our customer determined that there is an eight-month payoff in between buying a Flexo Wash Plate Washer and it paying for itself.
The Flexo Wash Plate Wash systems are designed according to the type of printer and type of ink used. All models will wash the polymer plates within only a few minutes, and the unique design and function makes it extremely easy-to-use for the operators. There’s minimal maintenance, and the job gets done safely, and on schedule with less fuss.
“We like to support our customers so that they eliminate downtime and are more productive. We know that when an operation runs smoothly day-to-day the profitability of the entire company goes up. Even incremental changes can affect the bottom line. That’s why a plate washer purchase often makes sense, even at the beginning of a new year,” said Patrick Potter of Flexo Wash.
Flexo Wash serves all sectors of the label and package printing industry with installations around the world. Today, the Flexo Wash portfolio includes anilox cleaning, plate and plate sleeve washing, rotary screen cleaning technology, as well as the original parts washing machines. It has more than 4,000 machines in everyday commercial use worldwide.