Jet Technologies installed ground-breaking parts cleaning technology at the West Australian Newspapers.
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In early 2011, Jet Technologies installed ground-breaking parts cleaning technology at the West Australian Newspapers.
The PK350FL parts cleaner, is the first to provide an effective solution for cleaning of both heatset and coldset inks, plus of course the traditional UV, solvent and water-based markets.
The solution allowed WA Newspapers to enhance the state of their presses and save hundreds of hours on cleaning. Gary Owens (Printing Manager) explains below:
“We have in our press hall, a small team of cleaners that have the task of keeping the press, and the hall itself, as clean as possible. As is with most large high speed printing presses, all of the safety guards and shields that cover each printing unit tend to collect a large build-up of ink from the press’ normal printing process. The task of cleaning these guards was extremely time-consuming. Each printing level has 14 guards / shields that all need to be removed and be cleaned during normal routine maintenance. Our printing press contains 74 separate levels. Our process before was to have two to three cleaners “hand clean” these guards. This would take at least one full shift, if not more, dependent of how dirty they were. The current process is less than one quarter of that time. All of the guards are given a quick wipe to remove excess ink build up, placed in the machine and left. This portion takes approx one and a half hours. The cleaners then return to the machine later in the day and remove the guards and give them a wipe to remove any excess cleaning solution. This process takes approximately half an hour. The advantage of this is that it has freed up these cleaners to now concentrate on other cleaning tasks. This has definitely become more noticeable over the last few months and the state of our press hall is the cleanest it has been. On top of this, we have now been able to accelerate our unit maintenance program and move onto each unit quicker.”
Jet Technologies has been working with clients in the narrow and wide web markets for some years on cleaning solutions, but this was the first newspaper printer. The challenges with regards to the cold/heatset inks were significant, plus of course the ability to build a machine large enough to clean the necessary parts, without compromising on the cleaning qualities.
Wes Scott (Jet Technologies Area manager for SA and WA) explains that “as print houses examine the benefits of a clean working environment, we see more and more of them look to automation in order to provide a cost effective solution”.