Simply put laser cleaning an anilox uses light to enter the cells and vaporize all the remaining components of the ink including the resins. There is no LPI beyond the capability of the laser cleaning method, because you cannot escape the light. All of the used anilox rolls in your current inventory have some degree of remaining resins left behind which takes away the ability to carry the full volume (bcm) potential. You could then argue when looking at an ROI of one of these systems are you merely cleaning better, or are you refurbishing your existing inventory to some degree. So when it comes to new technology, there are certain products that seem to change the direction then how we do things; they just become the norm. So why is this? I have to think it’s based on four major characteristics. There is ease-of-use, effectiveness or increase of productivity, the sustainability or environmental impact, and safety. But even if a new technology meets all of these criteria, sometimes the pain associated with change to a new solution seems to offset living without the cure. In the case of laser anilox cleaning technology, this certainly is not a hurdle.
You can read the full article by Tim Reece here: https://www.teamflexo.com/laser-anilox-roll-cleaning/