Every kind of press can be cleaned by dry ice blast process. The technique can be utilized for web-fed, offset, and flexography too. Cleaning with this specific technique will remove all the accumulated coatings, ink, paper lint, and grease. These can negatively affect registration. The non-abrasive nature of dry ice blasting enables it to clean super fine plates normally utilized in gravure process. The dry ice blast offers a number of advantages like the parts can be cleaned in their places. There is no mandatory disassembling of the machine. The machine may not be moved. Downtime is minimized and production time increased. Money is saved.
Simple and clean
Another noticeable advantage of dry ice blast clean is the non-production of additional secondary waste. Post this process, a simple wipe of the machine is sufficient. The presses can be run again immediately after cleaning.
The dry ice blast process can be used to clean the printing rollers and the printing presses. A wider category of print rollers can be cleaned with this technique. The method safely removes all deposits which may result in problems linked with registration. It also removes the buildups that happen with the course of time in the machine. There could also be roller misalignment in the printing process. Solvents are not utilized when the machine undergoes dry ice cleaning. This follows that work linked with the management of waste is minimized. There is no secondary disposal as well. The dry ice blasting can be done with the rollers in their respective positions. There is no requirement to disassemble the equipment. Rollers have much fewer chances to suffer damage.
Caked inks and ink trays
The method of dry ice blast is excellent for the removal of caked inks. The method can also remove the coatings formed on the printing press rollers. This method solves a number of seemingly insurmountable problems. One of them is removal of coats that are insoluble after they dry. This method is a successful one as the whole process is of dry clean.
Ink trays can be cleaned satisfactorily by dry ice blast. The process can effectively remove the hardened coatings and the ink which are resistant to any kind of solvent. Best of all, the dry ice blast does not change the fit and shape of trays. It is a non-abrasive method. The result is a smooth surface at the end of the process.