Midlands, UK-based flexographic design specialist Qualiflex has recently invested in a Dantex DigiWash 4835 and AquaClean Pro filtration system for producing Dantex Aquaflex Optima range of water-wash flexo plates.
Dantex noted that the system is suited to fast platemaking with enhanced environmental benefits, and produces plates with flat top dots and superior ink release compared to other standard plate technologies.
The Dantex DigiWash 4835 is a dual tank system, claimed as ‘easy to maintain and environmentally friendly’. Following the main exposure, the raw plates are fastened onto a permanent sticky plate with automatic opening. The plate carriage moves both backwards and forwards through the wash with adjustable automatic brush heights to accommodate different plate thicknesses. On completion, the plate can be transferred to the multi-function cabinet under the wash tank for post exposure and detack. For system efficiency the tank levels, water temperatures and dryer temperatures can all be monitored.
Combined with the AquaClean filtration system, it allows effective circulation of waste water. Following plate processing, the water containing waste polymer is transferred to the main filter and then filtered through a second tank where the finer particles of polymer are removed via a series of ceramic filters. The third stage is the storage of the recycled clean water in a holding tank ready to be used in plate processing again thus reducing water consumption.
Qualiflex has been supplying high quality products and services to clients across the UK and throughout Europe for over a decade.
Qualiflex managing director Colin Eastwood, said: ‘We wanted to be at the forefront of finding new ways, new techniques that help us support our environmental commitment as a business. In partnership with Dantex, this is now achievable and the plate quality and the eco-friendly results are fantastic.’
Dantex business development manager Simon Cosh added: ‘Dantex is delighted to team up with Qualiflex, whose dynamic approach in recognizing the benefits of an environmental plate and production system with superb print results, will be of great benefit to its flexible packaging customers. The superior ink release characteristics reduces anilox and plate cylinder pressure and this also helps extend the life of the plate and reduces plate related stoppages during print runs compared to standard plates.’