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Downtime Eliminator: How Can I Tell If The Anilox Cells Are Really Clean?

on Feb 28, 2020 in How-To Tips

Question: How can I tell if the anilox cells are really clean? Answer: You can inspect the cells yourself with the Flexo Wash Inspection Equipment Today, we are  focused on how the cleaning process can be part of your inspection process. By now you are aware that plugged anilox cells create conditions that reduce the effective volume of the cells, increase surface tension and result in inconsistent print, unnecessary downtime and waste. And that’s why your cleaning process is...

Downtime Eliminator: How Do I Use the FW Quick Treat on My Anilox Cleaner?

on Dec 16, 2019 in How-To Tips

Problem: How do I use the FW Quick Treat on my anilox cleaner?Answer: Quick treat is just that: a quick treat. Simply spray on your anilox roll and wipe clean. Read more about this process here: FW Quick Treat is for the manual cleaning of aniloxes between offline deep cleanings. It is quick and easy, just like the name says: Quick Treat.This is a unique product for manual cleaning because it is non-corrosive and harmless to aluminum. It is a great on-press solution for improved color with a...

Downtime Eliminator: How Do I Maintain the Sponge Roller on the Plate Washer?

on Nov 6, 2019 in How-To Tips

Problem: How do I maintain the sponge roller on my plate washer? Answer: Maintaining your sponge roller will help extend its life. But remember that it’s a consumable and does need to be replaced after a period of time. Here’s the steps to doing this maintenance yourself and a video as well. When the sponge roll becomes discolored from ink residues and liquid, it should be cleaned and rinsed with water. Remember always use gloves and goggles. Also, before working on the machine,...

Downtime Eliminator: How Do I Adjust the Brush Planes on My Plate Washer Between Cleanings?

on Sep 9, 2019 in How-To Tips

Problem: How do I adjust the brush planes on my plate washer? Answer: This might need to be done between cleanings. Here’s the steps to doing this adjustment yourself and a video as well. Plate washing is a quick and gentle cleaning process that leaves plates totally clean and ready for immediate use without causing any wear or tear. Plates are cleaned with a unique combination of specially-made soft, moving brushes and cleaning liquid that ensures an efficient but gentle washing of the...

Downtime Eliminator: Anilox Cleaning Solutions — Why Do We Mix 50/50?

on Jul 10, 2019 in How-To Tips

Problem: My rolls are not getting as clean as they should be and I think it is the cleaner. What is going on?Answer: Flexo Wash cleaning solutions need to be mixed 50/50 with water. Here’s why: How to Mix Anilox Cleaning Solutions Contrary to logic, using the cleaning solution at 100% will NOT increase the cleaning effectiveness of the unit. So, to make a long story short, if you are using the cleaning solution at 100%, the cleaning result will not be better and you stand a chance of losing...

Downtime Eliminator: My Diaphragm Pump Is Not Working

on Apr 11, 2019 in How-To Tips

Problem: My diaphragm pump isn’t working.Answer: We have had a lot of operating software upgrades over the years so there are different control systems out in the field. As a result, this topic can get pretty in depth. I’m going to keep this as simple and to the point as possible. I’m going to steer away from 100% pneumatic units as those are an entirely different animal. Parts washer operations, while different, use a lot of the same principals as anilox roll cleaning...

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