Flexographic printing, flexography, or simply flexo printing, is a type of printing process that is basically a modern version of the letterpress used in newspapers. It utilizes a flexible relief plate and specialized blades—called doctor blades—which allow printing on almost any type of substrate or underlying substance, such as plastics, metallic films, cellophane, and almost all kinds of paper. Flexography is a gift to the modern world, as it allows everyday food items, goods, and other manufactured products to have long-lasting, minimal-wear-and-tear labels and markings.
Machines and equipment used in flexography are each created and designed to be able to handle the job of printing on almost any type of substrate or surface, and a lot of businesses in the industry can find that even surplus equipment can do the job just as well as newer ones, if only in need of more maintenance. However, just as any type of machine or equipment, the long usage time for these flexographic printers and equipment will lead to the dullness of blades, tarnished parts, and accumulation of dirt and dried ink. These can then result in bad-quality output or even the deterioration of the equipment’s ability to work.
If you own a flexographic printing press or business, the last thing you need is for production to decrease due to faulty equipment. That is why it is important to maintain the running state of your machinery and equipment through routinely parts check-up, testing, and of course, cleaning. Now, cleaning sets of huge equipment and machines, especially those that use ink, presses, and blades, would require more than just you regular water hose and soap solution. In order to properly maintain your flexo and converting equipment’s cleanliness and working state, you have to use dry ice blasting.
Dry ice blasting is a process or technique that uses high-pressure air and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) pellets as blasting mediums to clean. This has proved time and time again to be able to remove even the toughest dirt marks or ink stains—whether water or solvent-based—from any press or machine. The process may be high-pressure, but it is delicate enough to ensure that any parts or wiring in your equipment does not get damaged. What’s even better is that because the CO2 pellets just dissipate, they leave no blasting medium to clean up, therefore, requiring only a short time of cleaning.
If you are looking to have your equipment or converting machinery in Texas properly cleaned and maintained through dry ice blasting, then get in touch with us, at Mark Olivarez Flexographic Converting Equipment. We offer dry ice blasting cleaning services aside from our flexographic equipment in Scurry, Texas for all your converting and flexographic needs. We also provide spare parts for your machinery. Give your equipment the best care and maintenance they need, as they are the ones doing so much of the hard work. Contact us to schedule a cleaning service or to know more about our other products and services for your flexographic and converting needs.