Erhan Sari: “We have been in flexographic industry with exposure cliché machines for 20 years; however this system is new both for us and the market. There are not much examples in the world either. Combined machines do not have any examples.”
3ES Mega, one of the Turkish attendees of Labelexpo Europe, introduced flexographic cliché cleaning machines and treatment systems. The system, which resends the cleaning water to the cleaning system after cleaning the wastes left by the photopolymer plates, is very important in the sense of sustainability and reducing the environmental affects and the system carries an importance since it is the first inline solution. Erhan Sari, 3ES Mega General Manager, conveys the following information regarding the system and advantages of the system which is developed in Turkey and offered to Europe by the business partners in Germany and England: “This is completely a new technology we introduce here. It makes the water, which we use in cliché machines, reusable. The advantages we provide with this system are; cleaning of the cliché with clean water every time, eliminating the dirty water problem and system’s completing the required amount of water on its own. Of course this system is used during the preparation of water based clichés. It takes the water from the water main first. However, this water is first softened then delivered to the system. The water is cleaned as soon as it gets dirty.
What are the advantages?
“This system firstly increases the quality of the cliché. The cliché always have the same quality and cleanliness. A user, who washes two clichés a day, will receive one clean cliché and one dirty cliché. The only way to wash the second one with clean water is either filtering the water or changing water for each cliché. But this is a very expensive operation.”
Is a financial gain in question?
“Absolutely! The most important gain is environment: The producer using this environment friendly system does not harm the environment. In Europe, the price for waste polymer found in 1 lt. of water is 1 Euro right now. We are working to reduce this cost. There will surely be wastes but this time the waste will be more solid and less in volume. The rules that Europe dictate are obvious. Since the kinds of the wastes are apparent, in fact the goal is to reduce the cost of waste.”
How many times can you cycle the water in this system?
“It is not possible to say this because evaporation causes water loss as well. Therefore, machine receives water support constantly. But it is possible to use the same water many times.”
When did you offer this system to the market?
It is new. We have been working on it almost for a year. We tried it in some places abroad. The test results were good. Now we are here to offer this system to the market commercially. We have partners in Germany and England who we work together. We have been in flexographic industry with exposure cliché machines for 20 years; however this system is new both for us and the market. There are not much examples in the world either. Combined machines do not have any examples.”