Print Cleaning

Global dry ice blasting has resulted in optimal equipment performance and increased productivity in the Printing Industry. Global dry ice blasting systems allow lengthy cleaning processes to be shortened by on-line precision cleaning. Ink buildup on the gears and deck guides causes poor alignment and results in low print quality and high scrap rates. Global dry ice blasting can reduce or in some cases eliminate low quality and high scrap rates. In many plants, the cleaning of the side frames and print deck mechanism is usually avoided until absolutely necessary. Dry ice blasting is the most efficient method for cleaning Anilox Rolls and is recommended by Harper and many other equipment manufacturers.

Typically, several hours are spent on each color station to scrape and wipe the critical surfaces. With today's modern presses having six to eight color decks, cleaning downtime can easily add up to several thousands of dollars of lost production per cleaning cycle. However, when using Global dry ice blasting, because the cylinders can be removed to provide easy access to all surfaces, both sides of the deck can be cleaned in as little as 10-15 minutes before going back into production. In addition, dried out drip pans and fountains can easily be cleaned as well. Printing with fluid inks at high speeds also creates an "ink mist" of fine droplets that comes from the splitting and transfer of the inks from the printing plate to the substrate being printed. There is no secondary waste or mess left behind after dry ice blasting printing equipment.

Global dry ice blasting replaces the use of dangerous solvents, scrapers, chisels and emery cloths without having to dismantle the press thus eliminating many direct and indirect costs such as downtime hours, poor printing quality, increase scrap, wear of machined parts, and disposal of hazardous waste and solvents.

The Global Dry Ice Blasting System is Effective on:

  • Grippers / Rollers
  • Drums
  • Ink Trays
  • Gears and Deck Guides
  • Side Walls
  • Feeder / Delivery Units
  • Anilox Rolls
  • Flexography Gravure Presses