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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
adhesive, ink particles and substrate. Then place it back into the storage container. Once the magnetic cylinder has been taken out of the die station, clean it with acetate, or denatured alcohol. Using a lint-free rag, wipe the magnetic cylinder clean. This is a very important step that should also be repeated be- fore going back onto press. With all of the moving parts inside of a die station, your magnetic cylinder will easily collect small metal particles, which can damage the flexible die if not prop- erly cleaned. Always place the die in the box supplied by the manufacture. Die Storage. Be sure that the die is protected from extreme moisture and drastic temperature changes. It is good to spray a light coat of silicone to help inhibit corrosion build up, and to help inhibit adhesive build up during the next run. Store the die in the container that was provided by the manufacture and in the same condition. (curled / uncurled). When storing the magnetic cylinders, place them back in the containers supplied by the man- ufacture. Keep them covered at all times. Flexible dies have come a long way since their introduction to the industry some 26 years ago. Printers/converters will con- tinue to make the transition from rotary dies to flexible dies to improve their lead-time and bottom line. Ten years from now, or sooner, we’ll be discussing an article on laser die cutting. That’s the kind of innovation and progress that continues to define our industry. ? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jim Doedderlein is the U.S. sales direc- tor for Gerhardt USA. He brings 17 years of printing and converting expe- rience to his customers. For more in- formation regarding this article please contact 717-324-4546 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.