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Plates kept clean and green

“One of the best investments we’ve made since I’ve been with the company” was how production supervisor Julian Suttle described the FlexoWash PW45 plate cleaner recently installed at Albéa’s tube manufacturing factory in Colchester, UK.

The decision to support the plant’s three Arpeco presses with automated plate cleaning was based partly on the company’s previous experience with a similar unit at its factory in Poland, and partly due to its quest to attain EN ISO 14001 accreditation when production is moved to a new facility in 2012.

Mr Suttle explains: “We were experiencing plate damage from manual washing and a degree of inconsistency in performance on-press. Now, with the new system, plates can be reused four times or more, giving at least a 25% saving on annual repeat plate costs.”

The Health & Safety Executive was also instrumental in the company reducing the usage of PM solvent at the Colchester site, which the FlexoWash unit, along with other measures taken, has achieved to an extent of between 80 and 90%.

Now Albéa is considering the need for a FlexoWash anilox roll cleaner.

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