Trisan, a family-owned printer in Thailand, has moved to upgrade its flexographic printing capabilities with investment in Flexo Wash cleaning equipment.
From a simple beginning in 2000, printing labels on letterpress machines, Trisan moved to flexo production with two Nilpeter presses and one Omet machine. To cope with the extra production capacity and the higher quality labels now being produced by its 50 employees, the company decided to invest in Flexo Wash cleaning equipment.
Piyapong Wongvorakul, Managing Director at Trisan, said: ‘Automation is important in a competitive market and that is one of the reasons why we invested in cleaning equipment. We need the same output but faster.’
Currently, Trisan has a 20-30 minute changeover time, but the target is 10 minutes. It has identified knowing that aniloxes, plates and parts are 100 percent clean as important in achieving this.
The first Flexo Wash cleaning system at Trisan was an anilox cleaner, reducing anilox cleaning time to three minutes. Wongvorakul explained: ‘Cleaning aniloxes manually takes too long, and if not done properly it results in ink contamination. Since we installed the anilox cleaner we have seen no ink contamination, and because the machine does the job, we can supply our customers with better and consistent quality print.’
This first installation came about because of Trisan’s long-standing relationship with Techno Global Graphics (TGG), the Flexo Wash agent in Thailand. TGG is based close to the Trisan plant and has established a close bond of trust with the company. So, when Trisan saw the need for a plate washer, it invested in more Flexo Wash technology.
‘Since installing the plate washer we have seen a reduction in damaged plates, which has been a huge cost saving,’ continued Wongvorakul. ‘ Where previously 12-15 plates were damaged each week, this figure is now one or two, and those are not caused by cleaning.’
Following the recent Labelexpo Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Trisan decided to further invest in a Flexo Wash parts washer. It is the first parts washer that Flexo Wash/TGG will install, and the target is that the installation will reduce the manpower involved in cleaning at Trisan’s plant.
‘The latest Flexo Wash machine allows us to clean several parts at the same time, which means that cleaning is faster, and it allows the highly skilled press operators to focus on printing instead of cleaning. For us, it is clear proof that automation is the way to go.’
Trisan has a reputation for reliability and fast delivery, which is important in the local market and also for its export business in Japan. Same-day delivery is also possible. But It’s not just about speed, as the company keeps a close eye on the environmental impact of its work and has developed its own compostable labels made of environmentally friendly substrates. This means that its suppliers have to focus on sustainability too.