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printech, March, 2002
Dip Roller Cleaners


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From: Sherry Davis (sdavis@oznet.ksu.edu )
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 11:53:03


I'm looking for a way to help a company reduce the use of a very low flash point (similar to acetone) for cleaning their dip rollers. Would it make sense to suggest that the company soak the rollers in a higher flash solvent, clean and rinse the rollers the in traditional way (with a little more elbow grease) and then do a final clean in the low flash solvent? And are there cleaning systems out there that are somewhat "enclosed" but allow the operators to use their hands to clean the rollers, while reducing evaporative losses? (In my head I'm thinking of a vapor degreaser that has gloves the operator sticks his hands into to clean the item-kinda like a sandblaster). My thinking is that the workers would still get their "solvent that cleans and dries better" but it would be more cumbersome to use and maybe the operators would find that a higher flash solvent with a little more elbow grease would work after all.

If this is not sound reasoning, let me know! I would welcome all inputs on this issue. Company contact is pretty sure that a complete solvent change-out and procedure change would not be accepted by workers and their print quality (very high) is a priority.



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