“This is a major advance in printhead cleaning that can pay huge dividends for digital print operations everywhere,” said Peter Padan, the INX Digital technical services supervisor who developed the new process and manages the program at Triangle.
Mr. Padan said that solvent ink-related environmental issues along with the flexibility of UV and UV print quality have all contributed to a rapid increase in digital UV print applications.
Shops spend time and thousands of dollars on printhead maintenance. Yet, for various reasons, printhead nozzles and delivery passages become clogged with UV ink and current printhead cleaning and flushing options typically achieve 50 percent effectiveness, at best.
Mr. Padan recalled how recently in one shop, an incompatible cleaner was used and rendered all 16 printheads on its UV printer useless. “
The price of just one printhead such as these can easily approach $5,000 to $7,000,” he said. “Multiply that by 16 and replacing those heads becomes very costly. Using our multi-stage cleaning process, we were able to fully recover all 16 heads. We did it for a tiny fraction of the new-head cost and with a very short turnaround time, too.”