Eaglewood Technologies was founded by the Mulheran family with the goal of constantly innovating our technologies. Pete, Mary, and Peter bring their nearly 100 years of experience in flexography to developing solutions for flexographers. Sani-Blast Inc. was purchased in 2007 which was the pioneer in anilox cleaning. In 2014, we introduced the revolutionary Sanilox™ Anilox Roll Cleaning System and 2015 Sanilox™ 2.0. 2017 has brought the advent of the game-changing Laserlox™ Systems, which evolved to the award-winning Sitexco Systems. In 2018, Eaglewood purchased Midstates Flexo Cleaning to better serve the upper Midwest cleaning market. A partnership with Alphasonics has been announced for 2020 to supply their advanced ultrasonic anilox cleaning equipment. Eaglewood Technologies now truly has an anilox cleaning solution for every flexographer!
Eaglewood Technologies has helped printers and converters globally save money and improve their print quality by removing dried ink, adhesives, coatings, and varnishes from their rolls and sleeves. Our systems also easily clean coating rolls in offset presses and glue rolls on corrugators.
The anilox is the heart of the flexographic printing press and any issues with the anilox roll will undermine the print quality. Here are some ways that a consistent clean across the entire anilox roll will benefit your operation:
Eaglewood Technologies Sanilox™ Systems and Sani-Blast™ Mobile Service have the longest track record of cleaning rolls in the industry – over 20 years and tens of thousands of rolls! We also have the Laserlox™ Anilox Cleaning Systems for packaging and label printers.
Eaglewood Technologies is the proven, reliable option to clean your rolls and can do so on-press or off-press in a fraction of the time and cost of other systems.
The Sanilox™ system is an innovative, environmentally-safe anilox roll cleaning system engineered by Eaglewood Technologies. Sanilox™ is easy to operate and is controlled by a simple touch screen interface.
The Sanilox™ media delivery system fractures the media to below six microns when applied at 35 psi – this means the media reaches the bottom of the cell, ensuring the entire cell gets cleaned (not just the walls of the cell). Other media blasters, including plastic, use a lower pressure in order to “recycle” and re-use media. At a lower pressure, the cleaning time can take up to four times as long. “Recycling” units are less effective cleaning machines since the ink and anything else that is being removed gets recycled as well. This means the roller never truly gets cleaned and dried ink is driven into it over and over.
The Sanilox™ System uses a special formulation of sodium bicarbonate specifically designed for the deep cleaning of aniloxes. This media is manufactured by Armex® the industrial division of Arm and Hammer. The Anilox formulation is USDA and FDA approved for use in food-grade packaging facilities. This media breaks down enough to reach the bottom of the cells of even the finest line screen aniloxes on the market.
The award-winning Sitexco Roll Cleaning System is the most intelligent, environmentally-safe, and exact (absolute) way of maintaining your anilox inventory. Advanced laser technology, combined with cutting-edge software, allows the user to easily clean ink and coating chemistries of all types. It can also clean multiple narrow web rolls or a combination of narrow and wide web rolls and sleeves with one machine.
The Sitexco Systems won the 2018 FTA Technical Innovation Award and was a finalist for the Label Industry Global Innovation Award. According to the FTA, “Recipients of the Technical Innovation Award are deemed by a panel of industry experts to have the potential power to change flexography’s future for the better. Those selected to receive this esteemed award gain global recognition and exposure.”
Laser cleaning achieves success through ablation. The laser rapidly heats the material which absorbs the laser energy and evaporates or sublimates the ink chemistry. There are some particles or residues that cannot be destroyed by the laser but are removed from the surface and collected by the Sitexco extraction system. The laser used in this system is specifically designed to efficiently and effectively remove any ink chemistry by using the right pulse repetition rate which allows for the most accurate dwell time to assure proper cleaning. The Sitexco System uses the lowest wattage laser on the market to assure not only the most effective cleaning but it also assures it will continue to yield safe results for the life of the machine.
Eaglewood Technologies has been providing anilox roll cleaning services for more than 25 years. Our team of skilled technicians has successfully cleaned nearly 30,000 rolls on-site at our customers’ facilities and off-site at Eaglewood Technologies. Our service is fast, effective, and safe. XPress Service brings our proven Sanilox™ roll cleaning technology to you. Expert technicians will perform service on-site at your facility or off-site at Eaglewood Technologies.
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