To help our customers understand more about the services and products we offer, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
A: The most obvious sign that a roll needs cleaning is when your color density or your coat weight diminishes.
A: We use industrial grade Arm and Hammer baking soda called ARMEX Anilox Roll Formula for printing rolls and ARMEX Maintenance Formula for corrugator rolls.
A: For laser engraved ceramic rolls 35 psi. For chrome rolls 25 psi. For mechanical engraved ceramic rolls 20 psi.
A: 40 cfm (cubic feet per minute).
A: Usually just one pass is required, but on occasion two passes may be needed.
A: We use a 200 power microscope prior to cleaning as a visual check and also take a Capatch reading. Capatch is a liquid volumetric test that determines where your bcm level (or ccm) lies. We do the same procedure after cleaning to determine the cleanliness of the roll as well as the improvement in volume (bcm or ccm).
A: Billion cubic microns. This is what American roll manufactures use as a measurement standard for the volume of a roll.
A: Cubic centimeters. This is what foreign roll manufactures use as a measurement standard for the volume of a roll.
A: Yes, we sell both of these items.
A: Lines Per Inch. This is how many cells a roll has per linear inch.
A: 50 LPI up to 1200 LPI.
A: No, we have not, but just in case we do, we also have the ability to clean rolls off press at your facility or ours.
A: Typically we are able to clean rollers at 2 inches per minute.
A: ARCS services plants from Maine down to Florida and as far west as Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio. We work with other companies who perform roll cleaning using baking soda for areas outside of this coverage area.
A: ARCS has a full line up of eco-friendly ink removers. We recommend that they be run through the press with each wash cycle. We even offer a one-of-a-kind food grade ink remover currently used by one of the world’s largest paper towel makers.
A: Yes, we are exclusive distributors for Armakleen Paint and Ink remover, which is an extremely safe and “green” chemistry that is found in many gravure, flexographic, tag and label, and any other converters involved with adhesives and coatings.
A: Usually 1 – 4 times per year makes sense for most plants we work with.
A: You can send your rolls to our facility to be cleaned. With this service we offer a 48 hour turn around time as well as before and after cell volume tests. Also you will receive a written roll report with before and after BCM readings and we will document any visible wear or damage on the roll.