Laser cleaning machines offer many advantages over their more traditional counterparts. Packaging & Converting Intelligence talks to Lennart Duijvelaar, business developer at Laserclean, about his company's range of products.
Lennart Duijvelaar: Laserclean is an innovative and forward-looking company that has specialised in laser cleaning since 1993. Its founder, Martin de Wit, built up a reputation by laser cleaning the facades of historical buildings. Over time, he gained customers in other industries, and in 2003 chose to focus entirely on cleaning ceramic (Anilox) rollers used in the corrugated, flexo, label and offset industries. Laserclean's experience makes it comfortable with every aspect of the printing industry. It practises what its preaches, designing, manufacturing and using its own machines. The company successfully deploys the knowledge and insight it has gained in this niche market.
To achieve high-quality printing, a deep-clean roller is essential. Traditional cleaning methods are reaching the limits of their cleaning capacity because of increased line count and decreased cell volumes, however, causing significant quality issues in many printers. Laser cleaning is the best and most sustainable alternative. It does away with chemicals, water and granulates, while fully restoring cell volume and offering a truly clean roller ready to be deployed immediately after cleaning.
Laserclean offers a full range of machines for offline (static, for in-house cleaning) and online laser cleaning (also called inline, and used by cleaning service providers). The online ALCS 2500 is a mobile system that weighs only 70kg and is easy manoeuvrable. It is very successful in servicing corrugated printing hardware, where removing the large, heavy rollers is risky and time-consuming. The company operates service trucks in Europe and works with exclusive partners globally to periodically deep clean rollers and sleeves at customers' premises.
Offline machines offer an easy and reliable cleaning solution for professional printing companies. Laserclean is the only firm currently offering machines for narrow-web (ALCS 1000 S for label printing), mid-web (ALCS 2000 S for sleeves) and wide-web (ALCS 2500 S for large and heavy sleeves and rollers up to 800 kg).
Besides the full range of machines available - including the aforementioned mobile system - Laserclean machines are designed to be efficient, safe, reliable and very easy to use, while delivering the best results. For example, one doesn't need to enter the dimensions of the roller inserted in the machine; it will be measured and cleaned automatically. Laserclean's safety features, cleaning speed and design aesthetics are also unmatched.
First, there is the undeniable advantage of laser cleaning for raising printing quality and reducing environmental impact, both of which are very important issues in the printing industry. Second, Laserclean is 100% focused on this industry, and has a long track record. It is a small company, but it develops, manufactures, sells and deploys a full range of laser cleaning machines, while its competitors offer just one or two models. Last, but not least, while Laserclean's technology is top-notch, its pricing is competitive.
Laserclean operates at the forefront of the laser cleaning revolution, and it predicts that in the next five years laser cleaning will become the new standard in many industries, including printing. The company's passion and ambition drives it to work for a future in which printing companies, supported by its machines, are able to clean their rollers faster, better and more cheaply.