Printing - Dry Ice Blast Cleaning
Build-up of ink and grease on printing machinery can cause alignment problems and high scrap rates. In addition, clogging of vent slots and material build-up on other components can result in reduced print speed. Often, traditional cleaning methods to remove this build-up, such as scraping and wiping with chemical solvents, are delayed as long as possible to avoid lengthy production downtime. The Dry Ice Blast Cleaning process allows safe and effective online cleaning in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.
In a typical cleaning process, manual scraping requires 20-30 man-hours per piece of equipment. Using the Dry Ice Blast Cleaning process, the same piece of equipment was cleaned in less than two hours. With this type of speed and efficiency, there is no longer any need to wait for the next shutdown to clean. It is now cost effective to do your cleaning between jobs, on the press, resulting in increased production.
Dry Ice Blast Cleaning replaces the use of dangerous solvents, scrapers, chisels and emery cloths and eliminates the need to dismantle the press, reducing many direct and indirect costs such as downtime, poor printing quality, scrap, wear of machined parts, hazardous waste and solvents.
Cleaning with Dry Ice Blast Cleaning in the Printing Industry Provides:
- Non-abrasive process
- Decreased scrap
- No secondary waste
- Reduce down time
- Reduce labor costs
- An in-place machinery clean
- An environmentally responsible clean
A Few Proven Printing Applications for Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Include:
- Grippers / Rollers
- Ink Trays
- Gears and Deck Guides
- Side Walls
- Feeder / Delivery Units
- Gravure Presses