With automation appealing to many people, more people have opted to purchase plate cleaners. Auto cleaners optimize cleaning solutions, and they are more likely to clean all the ink. Automated cleaners, however, offer different cleaning solutions. It is important to understand the type of cleaner that would work best given the type of ink used.
Once plates are ejected from the cylinder, always clean them. Leaving ink on the plates to clean later is not a good maintenance policy. Additionally, it is imperative to use clean plates during printing. Dirty plates trap particles when they are stored. Some of the particles may be hard to remove. It is also important to apply proper flex storage solutions to avoid the use of dirty plates and improve their functionality.
Some establishments focus more on output production and postpone cleaning the plates. It is, however, necessary to continuously clean the plates for optimal production in the long run. Proper cleaning practices will guarantee that flexo printing equipment such as flexcart and flexstand last longer. Moreover, staff designated to cleaning the printing equipment must be well educated on the proper cleaning processes. For additional resources, visit FlexStor.