Polymount used drupa 2016 to debut its new film cleaning machine that removes ink from film materials and enables it to be used again during the next press start-up operation, 'significantly' reducing the waste generated by any printer, including those running gravure presses.
The machine sees the roll of printed film guided via multiple loops through a tank filled with a specially developed Polywash cleaning liquid. There is a recycle unit installed to keep the Polywash clean and maintain its de-inking ability. The last station sees the cleaned film dried using patented technology. The end result is a roll of clean and dry film which is ready for the next press set-up.
The Polymount Film Cleaner is able to clean different types of film, and to remove all types of water- and solvent-based inks. It is available in 1300mm and 1950mm widths, and cleans at up to 50m/min.
And while its Twinlock Sleeve and Plate Cleaner machines were both conceived for the flexo industry, the new Polymount Film Cleaner is also suitable for gravure printers. This opens up a whole new market for Polymount, and the company said the machine was a ‘big hit’ with both flexo and gravure printers at drupa 2016.
Read further reaction from labels and package printing suppliers to their presence at drupa 2016 here