Germany-based August Faller has recently installed Anicolor speedCleaner 75, the next generation anilox cleaning machine from AkeBoose to increase the speed and efficiency of the cleaning process.
The next generation of Anicolor speedCleaner 75 is specifically designed to clean the ink chambers of the Heidelberger Speedmaster XL75 Anicolor printing press, which transfers the ink via open chambers and anilox rollers. To allow fast production and waste reduction, the Anicolor inks have a specific formulation advantageous for the printing process, however, challenging in terms of cleaning, that is crucial for the overall performance of the press.
The Anicolor speedCleaner 75 cleans up to four ink chambers per cleaning cycle in 15 minutes. The chambers are fixed vertically in the cleaning compartment, so that the cleaning detergent and ink residues can drain off quickly. The machine is equipped with both linear and rotating cleaning nozzles, which are placed strategically to cover all areas of the ink chamber.
The cleaning detergent flows from the cleaning compartment through sedimentation trays, so that ink residues are separated, and the cleaner gets purified before flowing back into the supply tank. This makes the process very sustainable and the same detergent can be re-used in the future cleaning cycles. The machine is operated via touchscreen, which also features a setting dedicated to the daily cleaning routine.
The machine has been running at August Faller already for several weeks. ‘The machine is really good, especially the cleaning result is impressive,’ said the printing manager at the Waldkirch, Germany site.