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Expert Printing Plant Equipment Cleaning

Advanced Indoor Air Quality Care (AIAQC) provides expert cleaning for printing plant facilities and printing equipment. With nearly 20 years of industry experience we offer superior services to clean your equipment, machinery and facilities professionally with minimal downtime and using environmentally friendly materials.

Dry Ice Blasting – an optimal choice for Printing Equipment Cleaning

Dry Ice Cleaning enables precision cleaning with reduced downtime for the printing industry. Dry ice blasting, using C02 in liquid frozen form, is delivered at high pressure in a vapor that is in cleaning printing equipment.

This process enhances equipment performance and increased productivity in the Printing Industry. ColdTech’s dry ice blasting systems allow lengthy cleaning processes to be shortened by on-line precision cleaning.Ink buildup on the gears and deck guides causes poor alignment and results in low print quality and high scrap rates.

Dry ice blasting can reduce or in some cases eliminate low quality and high scrap rates. In most printing plants, the cleaning of the side frames and print deck mechanism is usually avoided until absolutely necessary. Typically, several hours are spent on each color station to scrape and wipe the critical surfaces.With today’s modern presses having six to eight color decks, cleaning downtime can easily add up to several thousands of dollars of lost production per cleaning cycle. However, when using our dry ice blasting process, because the cylinders can be removed to provide easy access to all surfaces, both sides of the deck can be cleaned in as little as 10-15 minutes before going back into production. In addition, dried out drip pans and fountains can easily be cleaned as well.

Printing with fluid inks at high speeds also creates an “ink mist” of fine droplets that comes from the splitting and transfer of the inks from the printing plate to the substrate being printed. These droplets settle on the “between color dryer boxes” and eventually clog the vent slots or nozzles, resulting in a reduced and uneven airflow, which in turn inhibits proper drying. To compensate for this reduced airflow, the press speed is reduced, which immediately results in lost production and lower quality. Not only does ColdTech’s dry ice blasting speed up the cleaning process, but it cleans better too.

In a typical cleaning process, manual scraping requires 20-30 man-hours per piece of equipment. Using our dry ice blasting process, the same piece of equipment was cleaned in less than two hours. With this type of speed and efficiency, there is no longer any need to wait for the next shutdown to clean. It is now cost effective to do your cleaning between job changes on the press, giving you more production time and higher production rates.

Our dry ice blasting replaces the use of dangerous solvents, scrapers, chisels and emery cloths without having to dismantle the press thus eliminating many direct and indirect costs such as downtime hours, poor printing quality, increase scrap, wear of machined parts, and disposal of hazardous waste and solvents.