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FLEXO Magazine : December 2011
THE POWER OF LIGHT Sistemas Inelme Uses Laser Light to Conveniently Clean Anilox Rolls Since 1996, Sistemas Inelme, has been leading the way in the design and advancement of auxiliary machinery for process measurement and control in the flexographic industry. From its widespread experience in the printing business, the Spanish company started identifying significant chal- lenges facing flexographic printers. True to its commitment to clients over the years, Sistemas Inelme has developed a diverse portfolio of systems that improve the work of graphic arts professionals, including pH control systems, solvent mixers, aniline printer self-cleaning systems, anilox wash- ing systems, ink dispensers, as well as video monitoring systems. SILCL In the early 2000s, Sistemas Inelme developed SILCL, a high-powered laser cleaning system, for maintaining anilox surfaces. This revolutionary technology is specifically designed to vaporize foreign particles, including ink, adhesives, waxes and silicon on anilox surfaces. SILCL is powerful enough to provide a deep clean to a variety of materials but does so without damaging the roller. This allows the cylinder to be cleaned after each use, extending service life. The laser also works fast, drastically reducing downtime. Less wait time between cleanings increases productivity and profitability. One can notice a difference after the first cleaning. PRODUCT SAFETY In 2007, Sistemas Inelme sought to prove the harmlessness of SILCL and enlisted the Technological Institute of Optics, Color and Imaging (AIDO) in Valencia, Spain for an independent review. After months of experimenta- tion on numerous anilox materials, AIDO discovered that, even at the maxi- mum setting and at a distance of only 5mm, SILCL does not ruin, damage or otherwise harm anilox material. NUMEROUS BENEFITS Another remarkable advantage the SILCL system offers is it is an environmentally friendly cleaning process. In today’s green world, custom- ers are more concerned with the environmental impact of business. Rest assured SILCL does not generate any waste or pollutants and does not require any chemicals. A pneumatic dispersion nozzle dissolves particles from the surface while a powerful filter collects the excess. Through this method, SILCL is the only anilox cleaner capable of recovering almost the entire capacity of dirty cells. The SILCL laser cleaning system also requires little maintenance costs. It does not require liquids, chemicals, special tools or waste removal. With SILCL, the only maintenance required is bulb replacement after every 500 hours of use. With machines all around the world, Sistemas Inelme has become a prominent leader in the anilox cleaning business. The knowledge the company has developed over the years has made the systems more ergonomic, efficient and easy-to-use . SILC is a system that provides an innovated and highly efficient solution for a classic problem with anilox cylinders – how to clean them quickly, con- veniently and efficiently. ADVERTORIAL