Flexo Cleaning Solutions

Flexo Cleaning Solutions

APR carries a complete line of cleaning supplies and equipment for all of your cleaning needs.


Why APR for your flexo cleaning solutions?

Cleaning products for the flexo industry are one of the most diverse groups in our industry. There are countless options available from both small and large companies alike. Many flexo products are dealing with two or three different suppliers of cleaning products to come up with the right total solution.

APR has attempted to put together a complete line of dependable and cost effective solutions to offer a complete package. We have taken into consideration the need for products that will perform consistently, be as safe as possible, and cost effective. Knowing there is always a trade-off between these requirements we have a comprehensive group of options.

Products are all backed by money back guarantees, strong technical support, dependable service from multiple shipping locations, and the ability to customize products to meet specific customer demands.

Having a hard time finding the right cleaning solution for your ink cleanup job?

Our Cleaner Selection Tool can help! Just select what type of cleaning job you need to do, by hand or machine, and what type of ink you need to remove.

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Cleaner Selection Tool

Plate Cleaning Solutions

APR's Exclusive Line of Affordable Automated Plate Washing Equipment

Results have proven that a more "hands free" approach to photopolymer plate cleaning not only offers excellent cleaning capability for hard to clean reverse areas and screens, but also reduces plate damage and offers unsurpassed consistency in cleaning as well. Designed for efficient automated cleaning of either letterpress or flexo plates, these units are designed to automate and improve productivity and performance.

Click the image below to view a video explaining the advantages of APR Plate Washers.

Plate Cleaner Video Link

The process steps are simple - the APC units clean, rinse, and dry the plate inline.

APC Automatic Plate Washer Features:

  • The dirty photopolymer plate is automatically carried into processor by the transfer rollers.
  • Transport speed and temperature controlled by the computer for consistency.
  • The APC line is equipped with two brushes with alternating and floating movement for maximum cleaning capability, while ensuring no damage occurs to the plate.
  • Temperature inside the solvent drum precisely regulated via the heater.
  • Various washing solutions available. Many will clean solvent, UV, and water-based inks with just one washout solution.
  • Two types of rinsing systems are available - an open rinse system with fresh water that is led to a drain and a closed loop recirculation system.

Click the image below to view a video of the APR Plate Washers in action.

Automated Plate Cleaner Video Link

APC-45 Plate Washer

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Customer Testimonial

"The APC45 Automated Plate Cleaner we purchased from APR has been exceptional. Everyone loves it. Plates are now cleaned, rinsed, and dried much quicker, better and more consistently than when our operators hand-washed them. They simply feed plates into the machine and go about their other duties as plates are cleaned and ready to be stored for the next press run. Not only does the APC do the work in less time, with minimal operator involvement, it has eliminated a big variable in our process. I anticipate this leading to less plate damage, fewer plate remakes and faster makeready with less waste on subsequent press runs."


Dan Hedger
Vice President - Manufacturing
Chicago Tag & Label


Flexo Plate Cleaning Solutions

To make sure we can find a plate cleaner to meet almost every need we carry multiple product lines. The two main ones are SimplyClean and Recyl. We also carry a full line of ancillary products like cleaning brushes, gloves, 3M clean walk mats, and low lint or lint free wipes.

SimplyClean logo

Simply Clean is All Printing Resources’ line of products designed to clean flexographic inks efficiently. Solutions tailored to what type of ink or coating you want to clean and what process – by hand or with automated equipment. Some are multi-purpose cleaners that work on all types of ink and throughout the pressroom, while others are designed for more targeted purposes.

Simply Clean MP logo SimplyClean MP (Machine Plate) designed specifically to be used in automated plate-washing machines like APR’s APC units or Flexowash machines. Especially good for UV and water-based inks or varnishes. Learn more here.
Simply Clean SW logo SinplyClean SW (Solvent Wash) excellent in automated plate-washing equipment like APR’s APC units or Flexowash machines with solvent inks. Learn more here.

Click here to learn more about APR's Simply Clean line of cleaning products.


RECYL Graphics logo

Recyl has been a global leader in developing cleaning solutions for the flexo and offset printing industry since 1989. Their full line-up of products can match up with almost any anilox roll cleaning challenge.

Quick Wash Solvant

Daily Washing Product for Solvent Inks - Food-safe, aluminum safe product for cleaning parts, plates & Anilox for Solvent inks. The Quick Wash Solvent product is perfectly adapted for cleaning Solvent-based inks off parts such as doctor-blade chambers, ink trays, doctor blades, etc. It is also excellent for Photo-polymer Plates requiring less brushing compared to other products which are not truly adapted for this purpose, thus reducing the risk of loss of your valuable photo-polymer plates. Quick Wash Solvent is good Anilox for Daily Cleaning ensuring that your Anilox cells remain clean of any ink deposits and also reduces the reliance on stronger products on a frequent basis.
Learn more here.

Quick Wash UV

Daily Cleaning Product for UV Inks - Food-safe, aluminum safe product for cleaning parts, plates & Anilox for UV inks. The Quick Wash UV product is perfectly adapted for cleaning UV inks and varnishes (free radical as well as cationic).

For daily Anilox Roll Cleaning, Quick Wash UV ensures that your Anilox remains clean. Keeping the cells clean of any ink deposits also reduces the reliance on stronger products on a frequent basis.
Learn more here.

Magic’Cliché

Works on all type of inks and is sold in13.5 fl. Oz. spray cans, 12 cans per case. Thanks to its anti-static properties, Magic’Cliché will :

  • Avoid plate ink build-up during printing runs that downgrade quality and productivity (machine to stop to clean the plates)
  • Make the plates easy to clean after printing
  • Extend plates life by protecting them from ink and solvents

Instructions of use: Spray on all surface of the plate, let dry 3-5mn, print, that's all!
Learn more here.

Click here to learn more about the Recyl line of cleaning products.

Anilox Cleaning Equipment and Solutions

APR's Exclusive Anilox Roll Cleaners are Efficient and Affordable

APR's new Anilox Roll Cleaner is designed to clean Anilox Sleeves and Rollers, and can remove Water and Solvent-based inks, as well as UV and EB inks. These new Anilox Cleaners use a convenient touch screen interface. As many as three user-programmable cycles can be configured, stored and initiated via the unit's control panel.

Anilox Roll Cleaner

Two Anilox Roll Cleaner Models. Easy Maintenance

Choose the model that fits your workflow. The AAC1000 roll cleaner can clean aniloxes up to a total of 39.3 inches in width, and the AAC1800 can clean aniloxes up to a width of 70.8 inches. Each roll cleaner model's stainless steel wash chamber has a viewing window on top and the larger model has a convenient roll holder on the front.

We know easy maintenance is important, so the water and detergent tanks are readily accessible from the front of both roll cleaner models, and a series of valves makes filling and emptying the tanks easy.

Different size Rolls and Sleeves are Easily Accommodated

Both units can convert to clean either rolls or sleeves and the larger model can clean multiple small rolls or sleeves at the same time. Special bearing covers are available to protect rollers with attached bearings. The machines are also quickly adjustable to accommodate different sizes of sleeves or rolls. Adjustable stops regulate how far the cleaning nozzle travels and detergent flow is adjusted with sliding shut-off covers.

A Three-Step Cleaning Process

Step 1. Washout with detergent - during this phase the detergent is sprayed on the Anilox while the cylinder rotates, allowing the solution to be distributed evenly on the entire surface of the anilox roll or sleeve. The duration of this phase is user-programmable. The solution can be warmed up to 149° (65° C), and is continuously filtered and recycled. At the end of this phase, there is a brief soaking period.

Step 2. High-Pressure Water Rinse - High-pressure water jets blast the detergent and ink from the cells of the anilox. The nozzle-movement speed, water pressure and temperature of the water jets can be user-configured.

Step 3. Forced-Air Drying - Two high-pressure air nozzles dry the cylinder and the inside of the cover, to prevent water from dripping back onto the Anilox when the cover of the roll cleaner is opened. The duration of this phase and the nozzles movement speed can be adjusted on the control panel.

Anilox Roll Cleaner

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Anilox Roll Washout Solutions

To make sure we can find an anilox roll cleaner to meet almost every need we carry multiple product lines. The two main ones are SimplyClean and Recyl. We also carry a full line of ancillary products like anilox roll cleaning brushes, gloves, and lint free wipes.

SimplyClean logo

SimplyClean is All Printing Resources’ line of products designed to clean flexographic inks efficiently. SimplyClean solutions are tailored to what you want to clean. Some are multi-purpose cleaners that work on all types of ink and throughout the pressroom, while others are designed for more targeted purposes.

Simply Clean MA logo SimplyClean MA (Machine Anilox) is designed for Ultra Sonic Machines and automated Anilox Washers like the Flexowash units. Quickly removes UV, water or solvent-based inks. Not as caustic as some competitive cleaners (health rating of 2). Learn more here.
Simply Clean AC logo SimplyClean AC (All-purpose Cleaner) is a Non-caustic, biodegradable, UV/water-based ink cleaner and emulsifier improves your print quality. Safe for your equipment, the environment, your employees and your bottom line. It’s fast, effective and the perfect answer for your entire facility – from anilox rolls, doctor blades, ink pans to equipment, cabinets and floors. Excellent emulsification qualities in SimplyCleanAC allow it to break down, re-wet, emulsify, then suspend ink – and avoid redeposit to cleaned surfaces. Maintains pH over 12.0 after dilution, readily removes ink and reduces the need for corrosive deep cleaners. Consistently outperforms comparable caustic cleaners for maximum cleaning efficiency. Contains no VOCs, phenols, caustic or corrosive chemicals, and no solvents or SARA Title III chemicals. Learn more here.
Simply Clean PR logo SimplyClean PR (Press Room) Nothing works better to emulsify UV or water-based inks. The longer the ink has cured, the better this non-caustic solution out-performs its highly caustic competitors. Recommended as a press wash but not recommended for plate machines. Can be diluted 3:1 for easier usage as a powerful all-purpose cleaner. Learn more here.
Simply Clean AX logo SimplyClean AX (Anilox Xtreme) This product is to be used on anilox rolls only where a very deep penetrating product is needed. It is more caustic than the other products and will penetrate deep into the anilox cells. The viscosity is thicker so it will stay on the roll surface longer. Learn more here.

Click here to learn more about APR's Simply Clean line of cleaning products.


RECYL Graphics logo

Recyl since 1989 has been a global leader in developing cleaning solutions for the flexo and offset printing industry. Their full line-up of products can match up with almost any anilox roll cleaning challenge.

Cobra

Restore for Anilox Deep Cleaning - The leading global solution for Anilox deep-cleaning and complete restoration of ink-transfer capacity, coming to the aid of flexo printers in times of serious clogging in the cells.
Learn more here.

Clean 2000

Weekly Maintenance Product - for Ceramic Anilox Rollers on Wide Web, Narrow Web, and Corrugated Flexo Presses as well as on Offset Coating Rollers.
Learn more here.

Click here to learn more about the Recyl line of cleaning products.

Pressroom Cleaning

To make sure we can find a pressroom cleaner to meet almost every need we carry multiple product lines. The two main ones are SimplyClean and Recyl. We also carry a full line of ancillary products like gloves, 3M clean walk mats, and low lint or lint free wipes.

SimplyClean logo

Simply Clean is All Printing Resources’ line of products designed to clean flexographic inks efficiently. There are eight different solutions tailored to what you want to clean. Some are multi- purpose cleaners that work on all types of ink and throughout the pressroom, while others are designed for more targeted purposes.

Simply Clean AC logo SimplyClean AC (All-purpose Cleaner) is a Non-caustic, biodegradable, UV/water-based ink cleaner and emulsifier improves your print quality. Safe for your equipment, the environment, your employees and your bottom line. It’s fast, effective and the perfect answer for your entire facility – from anilox rolls, doctor blades, ink pans to equipment, cabinets and floors. Excellent emulsification qualities in SimplyCleanAC allow it to break down, re-wet, emulsify, then suspend ink – and avoid redeposit to cleaned surfaces. Maintains pH over 12.0 after dilution, readily removes ink and reduces the need for corrosive deep cleaners. Consistently outperforms comparable caustic cleaners for maximum cleaning efficiency. Contains no VOCs, phenols, caustic or corrosive chemicals, and no solvents or SARA Title III chemicals. Learn more here.

Click here to learn more about APR's Simply Clean line of cleaning products.


RECYL Graphics logo

Quick Wash Solvant

Daily Washing Product for Solvent Inks - Food-safe, aluminum safe product for cleaning parts, plates & Anilox for Solvent inks. The Quick Wash Solvent product is perfectly adapted for cleaning Solvent-based inks off parts such as doctor-blade chambers, ink trays, doctor blades, etc. It is also excellent for Photo-polymer Plates requiring less brushing compared to other products which are not truly adapted for this purpose, thus reducing the risk of loss of your valuable photo-polymer plates. Quick Wash Solvent is good Anilox for Daily Cleaning ensuring that your Anilox cells remain clean of any ink deposits and also reduces the reliance on stronger products on a frequent basis.
Learn more here.

Click here to learn more about the Recyl line of cleaning products.

Miscellaneous Cleaning Supplies

Anilox and Plate Cleaning Brushes

Anilox and Plate Cleaning Brushes
We carry a wide selection of cleaning brushes: stainless steel (for cleaning ceramic anilox rolls), brass (for chrome anilox rolls), nylon and horsehair (for plate and general purpose cleaning), including .003" bristle brushes for cleaning finer anilox engravings.

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Gloves

Gloves
APR carries a full line of protective gloves for safety and protection including disposable powder-free latex, nitrile, orange chemical resistant to protect hands when cleaning.

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Cleaning Wipes and Towels

Nubtex Shop Cloths

Nubtex Shop Cloths - Item number: ST617
Versatile Nubtex Shop Cloths provide a proven approach to pressroom cleaning. Made from an advanced cloth material, Nubtex Shop Cloths are soft, absorbent, and extremely durable. Nubtex Shop Cloths combine the characteristics of cloth towels with the ease and convenience of disposable wipes.

Nubtex Shop Cloths are ideal for all types of general cleanup.

  • Nubtex Strong, absorbent, low lint, and non-scratching
  • No unwanted metal debris—Nubtex Shop Cloths provide the assurance of a fresh towel each time for no unwanted metal debris to worry about.
  • Convenient to use—a floor and wall rack dispensing system makes Nubtex Shop Cloth rolls easy to use.
  • Cost-efficient—available in three sizes, quarter folded, and the convenient-to-use roll size of 400 perforated towels per roll, allowing you to select the most economical format for your applications.
ST45

FlexTex Plate Wipes - Item number: ST45
These time saving wipes are a welcome solution to the constant struggle to maintain a low lint environment. A heavy weight, extremely low lint wiping pad, encased in a nylon stocking, designed with our unique 100% felted Webril cotton fabric as the absorbent core. This non-scratch material will not damage photopolymer or rubber flexographic plates when used on the press for end of job cleanup or mid-run plate maintenance.

  • Highly Absorbent—can absorb up to 10 times its weight in ink or cleaning fluids.
  • Time and Labor Saving—No more spending time folding shop towels and cutting up stockings to stuff towels into them in hope of a more low lint environment.
  • Gentler on Equipment—the non-scratch material prevents damage to plates.
ST734-2

Blue Smooth Wipes - 14" x 18" Item number: ST734-2
These nonwoven disposable towels are HOSPECO’s elite family of wiping products. These wipers get the highest ratings for low linting, solvent resistance, abrasion resistance, tensile strength, non-abrasiveness, wipe dry and rate of liquid absorbency. These are capable of tackling almost any task.

  • Size: 14" x 18" each
  • 500/case Packed flat

Dust Control

Duster 2000

Duster 2000
Duster 2000 improves quality and the plate-room work environment by removing dust, odors & VOC's from the photopolymer platemaking environment. Duster units with their multi-stage filtration systems provide an efficient, cost effective solution to reducing dust, odors and VOC's present in the platemaking process, both solvent and thermal processes. This system puts emphasis on "source capture" of pollutants and also focuses on the invisible dust particles and gas phase pollutants.

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3M™ Clean-Walk Mats

3M™ Clean-Walk Mats
3M™ Clean-Walk Mats feature a multi-sheeted adhesive system that captures dirt on contact from shoe soles, wheels and other passing objects. Individually tabbed and numbered sheets peel away easily exposing a fresh, ready-to-use sheet.

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