LIFE. 01 | 2021
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A change in management is happening at Daetwyler-Hell Iberia in the fall of 2021. The new General Manager Javier Ortega Gàlvez visited and introduced himself at our headquarters in Bleienbach.
In the picture from left to right: Area Sales Manager Albert Torrent (DST), Javier Ortega Gàlvez (General Manager Daetwyler-Hell Iberica), Olaf Segbert (CSO DST) and Clemens Hatt (Division Manager Heliograph Holding).
If you’ve ever experienced the hard deposits left by dripping inks and back doctoring, you know it can impact print quality, damage equipment, and cause cleaning and maintenance headaches… but wouldn’t you also like to know why it keeps happening?
Throughout the industry, white inks are notorious for being inconsistent and requiring frequent changing of doctor blades often. Weighing the cost of a doctor blade vs. the cost of press downtime is as issue printers and coaters deal with constantly. The issue with metering white inks is actually a little more complicated than just buying the right blade.
There are many ways to describe chatter: bounce, gear-marks, banding and stripes of uneven ink application on the printing field. But whatever name it goes by, the common attribute is that chatter often shows up with little or no warning once on press.
With the existing MDC Anilox Cleaner, we have succeeded in establishing a solvent-based deep cleaner for all chrome and ceramic anilox rolls in gravure and flexographic printing applications. The deep cleaning is important so that the full pick-up volume of all chrome and ceramic anilox rolls can be achieved.
In order to meet market requirements and customer needs, we have now developed a new cleaner called MDC Aqua Pure Cleaner. As the name suggests, the MDC Aqua Pure Cleaner is water-based and offers the customer a gentle and effective deep cleaning of all chrome and ceramic anilox rolls. A major advantage is that the new cleaner is non-hazardous: it can therefore be easily shipped around the world by truck, air, and sea freight. Furthermore, the new cleaner is safe on aluminum and removes all common ink and varnish contaminants.
The MDC Aqua Pure Cleaner optimally complements the existing range and enables us to enter new target markets. The MDC Aqua Pure Cleaner was launched in June 2020 and has already achieved initial sales success.
End seals are a complementary product for doctor blades. The end seals are required for the flexographic printing process in order to seal the chamber doctor blade system cleanly and to prevent the paint from escaping. Together with the doctor blades, the end seals form a necessary part of the chamber doctor blade system. Both act by contact with the anilox roller as wear parts and affect the system of ink transfer and each other. In this context, a new concept for end seals was developed. Here, the MDC End seals are divided in three different quality and price levels according to the material properties and are offered to the customers according to their running time and MDC doctor blade quality used. The three quality levels have the following designations: MDC Regular, MDC Advanced and MDC Expert.
The distribution partners are informed about all available dimensions and materials by the developed MDC End Seals booklet. The MDC End Seals Booklet is intended to serve as a tool to facilitate communication between Daetwyler SwissTec and its distributors, as well as between distributors and end users. With this concept, Daetwyler SwissTec creates a standard that helps customers out of the jungle of end seals and offers a fitting solution for MDC end seals for the already used MDC doctor blades.