ScanMould chooses Flexo Wash to maintain high output
Scandinavia’s first dedicated IML label converter, ScanMould, has installed a suite of Flexo Wash cleaning technology at its plant in Jyllinge, Denmark, to help maintain the high production levels achieved with its new Windmöller & Hölscher CI flexo press, and KBA rotary die cutter.
Scandinavia’s first dedicated IML label converter, ScanMould, has installed a suite of Flexo Wash cleaning technology at its plant in Jyllinge, Denmark, to help maintain the high production levels achieved with its new Windmöller & Hölscher CI flexo press, and KBA rotary die cutter. The company, which is owned by Martin Fundal, was established three years ago from his existing label business ScanKet, which manufactures self-adhesive labels at a plant some 30 minutes away.
Having served time supplying complex oxygen barrier labels to Scandinavia’s largest rigid plastic packaging manufacturer, Fundal saw the opportunity to develop a dedicated production unit to fulfil the growing demand for IML, and to offer a more cost-effective solution than existing narrow web operations. By printing in up to eight colours on a 1300mm W&H Miraflex press and converting on a KBA Rapida RS 106, only the second to come off the production line, he has created a unique production environment.
With the W&H capable of 400m/min and the KBA of up to 15,000 sheets/hour, ScanMould has a high efficiency requirement for its ancillary equipment, with minimum downtime between jobs and 100% accuracy of essential
components and services. With 15 years’ experience of Flexo Wash products, Fundal had no hesitation in turning to the Danish manufacturer to kit out his new plant. The package of cleaning equipment installed incudes a Plate Washer, an Anilox Cleaner, a Parts Washer, and a Distiller. “They are essential in any modern-day production environment because they allow you to achieve the best results with expensive printing technology,” he explained.
Commenting that the Plate Washer dramatically extends plate life with its gentle way of cleaning, Fundal said that clean components increase efficiency. “By preventing ink build-up on the plates and thoroughly cleaning the anilox cells to prevent ink transfer, we have removed two variables in our quest for consistent quality.” The Parts Washer cleans the chambers, buckets and other ancillary parts. To reduce the amount of solvents used in production, ScanMould decided to invest in a Parts Washer that runs with eco-friendly liquid supplied by Flexo Wash and the machine still gives a perfect cleaning result. The Flexo Wash Distiller recycles the used solvent from the press. “We can clean four large anilox rolls at a time in the Flexo Wash unit, and although the W&H has an in-built wash system, we always deep clean our aniloxes once a week in the Flexo Wash unit,” he added.
With an annual sales capability of around 20 m at the Jyllinge plant, Fundal is keen to grow market coverage for his high added-value products that can include metallic finishes. Currently, demand for these include paint cans and products for the fitness supplements market, where he says: “you cannot have too much bling!” He also believes that new opportunities exist in cosmetics and skin care, including the sun cream market. ScanMould has the potential to become one of the largest IML houses in Europe by volume, and has ambitious plans to develop, but initially only in the niche market work that best suit its production facilities best. Right now, we can ship up to 35 pallets of finished product each day, which from a workforce of 12 indicates how productive we are.
Concluding for Flexo Wash, International Sales Manager, Mette Laursen stated: “It is exciting for us to be involved with such an innovative company, and we are delighted that our track record gave Martin Fundal the confidence to invest heavily in our technology for his ScanMould plant.”