By: E&P Staff
Lancaster County Weeklies has installed a Tower Clean automatic blanket cleaning system manufactured by Baldwin Technology Co., Shelton, Conn., at its Ephrata, Pa., plant, where it prints Lancaster Farming Weekly and other nondaily contract jobs. The system has reduced cleaning times of the company’s singlewide, five-tower MDGM 440 press from three hours to around two minutes, according to Baldwin.
Tower Clean consists of a solvent applicator, brush units and a pumping station. A small amount of volatile organic compound solvent is applied to a web, which runs through the press to clean the blankets and carry away ink. As the web reaches the blanket, the brush unit activates to remove lint and ink.
“The increase in productivity is extremely impressive but we’ve also found that Baldwin’s Tower Clean system results in a more thorough clean than we could achieve by washing the blankets manually,” Press Manager Wayne Fauzer said in a statement, adding that the equipment uses approximately a gallon of solvent to clean blankets on all the towers. After some experimenting, Lancaster County Weeklies now runs the automatic cleaning at the end of a print run.