Solvent free cleaning adopted by Mondi

10 Aug 2017

Solventless cleaning gets the thumbs up from the staff

Mondi Korneuburg, part of the Mondi Group, has invested in a new Multi Cylinder Cleaner from Flexo Wash to move away from using solvents in its cleaning process and to increase productivity.

Mondi Korneuburg decided to move away from cleaning cylinders with solvents to instead cleaning them with a solvent free liquid. It had for years been cleaning cylinders in a machine that required manual cleaning. When it came time for Mondi to invest in a new cylinder cleaner, it looked for another solvent cleaning machine. 'We didn't realise there was such a great alternative available,' said Tarik Aslan, technical manager.

The company cleans 60-80 cylinders per day and each washing cycle takes seven minutes, plus rinsing and drying. In addition, the 2K inks that Mondi uses are cleaned in seven minutes if they are not left overnight. The Flexo Wash Multi Cylinder Cleaner cleans two cylinders per wash. The cylinders are placed in a frame on a conveyor that automatically takes the cylinders through the washing, rinsing and drying process. Depending on the machine configuration, the Multi Cylinder Cleaner can clean up to 24 cylinders an hour.

Another bonus is the improvement in safety for its staff. 'Our people really matter and providing the best possible working conditions certainly improves this,' said Mr Aslan. 'Since installing the Multi Cylinder Cleaner, we've measured less solvent in the working environment. Another benefit of purchasing a non-solvent system is that we could simply place the machine next to our press rather than needing to invest in a new ATEX room.'

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