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Richprints
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anilox cleaners

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anyone out there recommend a laser anilox cleaner for 68" anilox rollers? We currently have a blaster that needs replaced.
longtimefan
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Re: anilox cleaners

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Flexo wash maybe

Pcmc meridian
PrintBandit
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Re: anilox cleaners

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Considered ultrasonic?

No help whatsoever with your laser question but does work well in my experience when we switched from a bi-carb blaster a couple of years ago

I understand laser is great, but just check on the cost to replace laser and how often, I’ve heard that even though they last a while, they can cost a lot to replace

Let us know what you get always good to see what out there
Gorilla Printer
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Re: anilox cleaners

Post by Gorilla Printer »

Laser Cleaner hands down!
The difference is night and day!
Pristine aniloxes every job.
Every anilox that gets pulled from the press gets put through the cleaner.
It will get one pass or two, depending .

I'm on my weekend atm but will give you manufacturer, model etc, in another reply shortly......... If I remember.

Cheers
Gorilla
Richprints
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Re: anilox cleaners

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Bandit, I have used ultrasonic in the past and didn't like them. Found them to be too much of a hassle.

Gorilla, I look forward to your reply with manufacturer and model info.
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Richprints wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:11 pm Bandit, I have used ultrasonic in the past and didn't like them. Found them to be too much of a hassle.

Gorilla, I look forward to your reply with manufacturer and model info.
Me too, Richprints! I've been at work twice and forgotten.
Absolutely useless!
No worries ,I have another shift tonight, Lol.
And if that doesn't work, maybe the embarrassment will jog my memory for overtime two days later :smile: , Lol

Thanks for the reminder

Gorilla.
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Re: anilox cleaners

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Richprints wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 1:11 pm Bandit, I have used ultrasonic in the past and didn't like them. Found them to be too much of a hassle.

Gorilla, I look forward to your reply with manufacturer and model info.
I already posted pcmc meridian

https://www.pcmc.com/our-products/produ ... ox-cleaner
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Re: anilox cleaners

Post by Gorilla Printer »

Hey Richprints

I managed to remember and am at work now.
The Brand is Sitexco and the model is SL2.5
Our model has a maximum cleaning diameter of 2500mm.Our aniloxes are 1100-1200 long.So we can do two at a time, side by side. And even use different settings for both.

Your length anilox works out to be 1727mm. The do have a bigger model but is just out of spec to do t side by side.It looks like if you were to purchase one it would be the same model as ours. But cleaning them one at a time?

Well that's what it looks like to me?

I've only ever used and experienced this laser cleaner. It's impressive enough for me.
They supposedly won the FTA Technical Innovation Award for Sitexco Laser Anilox Cleaning System in 2018

Hope this helps

Gorilla
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Re: anilox cleaners

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Interesting everyone’s opinion on the sonics thanks, I’ve no experience with the lasers but suspect they work great

I’ll maybe have to get in somewhere to see a trial along with results
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PrintBandit wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2024 9:13 am Interesting everyone’s opinion on the sonics thanks, I’ve no experience with the lasers but suspect they work great

I’ll maybe have to get in somewhere to see a trial along with results
I take a picture of one b4 and one after
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Re: anilox cleaners

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PrintBandit wrote: Mon Jan 22, 2024 9:13 am Interesting everyone’s opinion on the sonics thanks, I’ve no experience with the lasers but suspect they work great

I’ll maybe have to get in somewhere to see a trial along with results
Get your worst anilox that's plugged sent out and lasered.
See what comes back.

If it's not scratched, it will look relatively brand new.

That's why we got ours. We started sending aniloxes out to be cleaned by laser.

We were surprised the first time and sold on the idea after a year

Cheers.
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Left is clean, right side dirty

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PrintBandit
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Re: anilox cleaners

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Looks like it’s doing a good job, gotta love seeing a spotless anilox like it’s just been born 😂

I’ve no chance of getting ours swapped for a laser in the next few years m, but will seriously discuss them next time round
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Re: anilox cleaners

Post by Richprints »

Thanks for all of the replies. We are looking into the Meridian and the Sitexco. The Meridian is a bit less expensive which fits our budget much better.
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Re: anilox cleaners

Post by Gorilla Printer »

Richprints wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2024 1:24 pm Thanks for all of the replies. We are looking into the Meridian and the Sitexco. The Meridian is a bit less expensive which fits our budget much better.
Respect.
Thanks for the update.

I would like to add the difference with the laser cleaning is night and day.You soon realise what an inefficient system one had to work with beforehand.
All aniloxes get a clean when taken out of the press.Optimal aniloxes to work with every job. Colour consistency increases. The need for colour matching decreases.

Gorilla
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