While many people may consider the main uses of non-stick coatings to be associated with food production, there are numerous other industries that benefit from the properties such coatings can provide, including the printing industry. We’ve detailed some of the key applications within the print world where a low abrasion coating can help improve the performance of machinery and equipment that comes into contact with ink and adhesives.
Reduced cleaning & downtime
One of the main benefits that a coating, such as PTFE (Teflon), can provide within the printing world is the reduced amount of cleaning that is required, due to the greatly reduced chance of ink building up on machinery and equipment. Applying ink rollers and trays with a suitable coating solution will not only mean that a significant saving can be made on the time taken to clean, but machinery will also suffer from less downtime as a result of the reduced build up, meaning further increases in the overall efficiency of the printing process.
As well as improving the efficiency of machinery and processes, coated equipment can also help to improve the overall quality of the printed end product. By putting a stop to cross colour contamination, the amount of wastage on printing is reduced and a much better finish can be generated. This can also be seen when guide rollers are coated as this prevents ink being displaced onto the wrong area during a print run as the ink doesn’t stick to the roller and transfer between surfaces.
For the printing of books, sticky labels and other products that include the use of adhesives, using a non-stick coating can ensure that a fast and accurate printing run can be maintained. By preventing the adhesives from sticking to the rollers and other parts of the machinery, it means that production can continue without any errors and delays caused by labels and pages sticking to other surfaces.
By carrying out a full review of the printing process, it is possible to make improvements in a number of areas, each of which can help to reduce costs, improve performance and increase overall efficiency.
If you would like to know more about how Product Release could help improve your printing facility, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts, who can discuss your problem and recommend an innovative solution that will not only help you now but will minimise future damage or repairs, giving you peace of mind.