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Cleaning Printing Presses, Rollers, & Ink Trays with Dry Ice Blasting

Cleaning a flexograph printing press with dry ice blasting
Dry ice blasting of a Flexograph roller in place.

Dry ice blasting is an ideal solution for cleaning all types of printing presses including flexography, offset and web-fed. Cleaning with dry ice can remove ink, grease, paper lint, and other built-up coatings and can affect registration. Due to dry ice blasting's non-abrasive nature, even extremely fine plates used in the gravure process can be cleaned. Advantages of dry ice blasting include:.

  • Cleaning can be accomplished in place, eliminating the need to move or disassemble equipment. This minimizes downtime, increases production time, and saves money.
  • No additional secondary waste is produced when using dry ice blasting. After dry ice blasting and a simple wipe down of non-painted parts, the presses are ready to run again.

 

Printing press before dry ice blasting
Press before cleaning
Printing press after dry ice blasting
Press after dry ice blast cleaning

Printing Presses & Rollers

 
Printing press ink bar before dry ice blasting
Ink bar before cleaning
Printing press ink bar after dry ice blasting
Ink bar after dry ice blast cleaning

Many types of printing press rollers are easier to clean in place with dry ice blasting. Dry ice blasting safely removes deposits and buildups that may cause registration problems and misalignment of rollers in printing processes. There are no solvents used with dry ice cleaning so secondary disposal and waste management are minimized. Dry ice blasting can be performed with the rollers in place without disassembling equipment and with less chance of damage to the rollers.

Dry ice blasting is perfect for removing caked inks and coatings on printing press rollers. Many coating types are not soluble after drying; dry ice blasting solves that problem because it is a dry cleaning process.

Ink Trays & Bars

 
Printing press ink tray before dry ice blasting
Ink tray before cleaning
Printing press ink tray after dry ice blasting
Ink tray after dry ice blast cleaning

Dry ice blasting is the ideal solution for cleaning ink trays effectively removing hardened ink and coatings that may be resistant to any solvent. The shape and fit of the trays are not changed by dry ice blasting. Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, leaving behind a smooth surface.