Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has confirmed that VPK Group has recently installed a FlexoCleanerBrush. This new system, which automatically cleans and dries corrugated printing plates in less than four minutes, has been added to VPK’s six-colour Göpfert Ovation High Board Line printer at the company’s new factory in Halden, Norway.
“We are excited about the advanced cleaning automation now enabled at our new plant,” said Robert Stade, Project and Technical Manager of VPK Group. “Besides not having to stop production for manual cleaning, we can now regularly have multiple plates cleaned more efficiently, both during and between print runs. As a result, we have increased our production capacity and dramatically decreased our downtime.”
Cleaning cycles can be controlled through the FlexoCleanerBrush’s operator panel or the integrated Göpfert human-machine interface. Besides offering efficient cleaning during runs and fast end-of-job cleaning, the FlexoCleanerBrush system also enables operators to remove dry plates from the machine without the potential risk of plates sticking together once they are placed back in the plate-racking system. This helps to ensure increased board throughput, less downtime and a safer working environment by eliminating operators’ contact with nip points, moving parts and chemicals.