Having historically hand-washed their plates for the last 25 years, the Dantex solution has proved invaluable, helping to extend plate life whilst enhancing print quality and performance.
Available in a range of sizes covering a variety of plate widths, the Dantex AQFC range is specially designed for cleaning of letterpress and flexographic plates after printing. The plates are automatically transported into the processor by soft touch transfer rollers, cleaned by brush action, rinsed and dried. The system moderately brushes the entire plate surface using the correct amount of pressure for the optimum amount of time, is dried and is ready for storage or reuse.
Of the investment, CV Labels’ Bob Vetch, said: “Having the PS9000:2011 pharmaceutical accreditation means that the labels we produce often need to have fine detail and small font text. We made the investment in the Dantex plate cleaner as we were finding that hand-washing the plates was not providing us with the performance we needed, plus we were wasting significant money on plate cleaners.”
“The cleaner provides a far sharper finish and the print quality is genuinely as good as when the plates were new, with no risk of plate damage. With this system and the use of the AquaViolet cleaning solution, I would definitely say that we will benefit from an additional 3-4 years extended life out of the plates. Dantex were a pleasure to work with on this installation,” he added.
Dantex was founded 50 years ago and is the largest distributor of letterpress and flexo plates in Europe. They are a specialist supplier of water wash photopolymer plate, processing equipment and digital presses.