UNITED KINGDOM Alphasonics is carrying out a unique experiment to address industry myths surrounding ultrasonic cleaning and anilox roll damage. From Sunday 25th of May 2014, they will stream an online a demonstration of continuous roll cleaning from their manufacturing facility. The demo will last for five days, without interruption.
Viewers can see rolls being cleaned using Alphasonics’ unique Active Cavitation, Enhanced SuperSweep and Alphasound technologies, simultaneously. Three new and three used rolls will be cleaned to highlight that controlled ultrasonics does not damage rolls if used in the correct manner.
Alphasonics developed Alphasound and Super Sweep technologies in 2000 as a means of cleaning high screen aniloxes on a regular basis without damage. They use two ultrasonic frequencies, distributed equally in a cleaning tank to eradicate the ‘hot and cold spots’ that previously caused roll damage. These were followed by Betasound, Enhanced Super Sweep and Active Cavitation, which were launched at LabelExpo Europe 2013, and improved cleaning times by accelerating chemical reactions in the cleaning systems.
Speaking for Alphasonics, Chris Jones, explained the reason for the demo: “There are some horror stories surrounding the use of ultrasonics that stem from systems of the 1980’s and early 90’s where equipment was low frequency, low specification and generally not fit for purpose. We’re giving customers the opportunity to see for themselves what our equipment can do and more to the point, what it doesn’t do in relation to anilox roll damage.”
Alphasonics’ nonstop cleaning cycle will use rolls from a variety of suppliers including Pamarco Global Graphics. Troika Systems will also be part of the trial to check the rolls using their AniCAm QC Tool. Checks will be carried out before the trial begins and live on camera at the conclusion of the trial to verify results independently.
In total, the rolls will go through the equivalent of five year’s worth of cleaning in these five days with just over 1400 cleaning cycles taking place. Viewers will even be given access to the stream the day before the broadcast begins to watch the broadcast being set up along with a live insight into Alphasonics’ workshop floor.
Further details can be found at www.alphasonics.co.uk where they will be releasing a series of blog posts and discussions leading up to and during the trial.