Flexography is a relief printing process which uses relief plates for printing. It makes printing possible over a wide range of surfaces. By using this modern kind of letter-pressing, one can print on any type of material, like plastic, glass, metallic films, paper, cellophane paper etc. Flexography plays a vital role in promoting and running other business, like food packing. Flexographic images are created with analog and digital printing. It uses the 3D relief. Then the images are raised to the blank space on rubber or polymer or glass. The ink is gradually transferred from the ink roll. In order to resist the printed image from smudging, it is necessary to ensure that the ink on the printing plate is not excessive. For this purpose scraper or doctor blade is used which removes the excessive impression from the anilox roller before setting it on the printing plate. After that, the print is dried by using the dryer in order to dry the ink on the surface.
Basic parts of the flexography printing press are, unwind section, printing section, dryer section, and rewind section. The major unit operations in flexographic printing are image preparation, plate making, printing, and finishing. From the above, it can be understood how delicate work is this, not the preparation only but even after its preparation until it is safely shipped to the client. Various equipment is necessary to protect the flex properly. They are flexcarts, flexstands, airshaft, cleaning carts etc. You need not worry. These are very much cost effective if you get them from FlexStor and provide you service for long term.
Flex sleeves and plates need to be stored in a manner that lowers the risk and preserves them. Traditionally, flex was preserved by stacking. But this is very much challenging and risky as the weight of stacking can have wear and tear sleeves and reduce it life span. In modern time, flex racks are used to preserve them.
Flex can be stored both horizontally and vertically. Storing vertically does not allow to lose roundness due to over time gravity. It adjusts the sleeves center distances in such a way that it allows the maximum number of storage. Racks make possible to efficiently use the available space. The compartments can be labeled and the entire process may be computerized so that you can easily access the particular sleeve which you need. Flex racks can be both fixed to the floor and can be mobile. But flexcarts are not stacked as flexstands are. To install flexstands you may need more space but as flexcarts are movable, you can move that to the specific work area. This solution is also there in sleeve cleaning carts which make it easier to move them to specific cleaning place where they can be cleaned, washed and dried. Airshaft and other industrial roller are also used during the process of applying for relief on the surface of the printing area. Airshaft storage is also not fixed and it is easy to move the rollers where they are needed.
Flex storage solutions vary from one brand to another. But of course, the leading flex storage racks, stacks, carts, airshaft share common features. They are mostly made out of steel which is often powder coated in order to support storage of a large number of sleeves and plates. You only need to choose the one which will suit your service.