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Meech is to launch the 904CM, a monitoring unit for its AC ionising systems used in the graphic arts, packaging, converting, plastic and pharmaceutical industries, at ICE USA 2011 on 6-8 April.

Visitors to the event in Florida can learn about a range of recently developed static control products, while Meech will also be showing the new Shearclean non-contact web cleaning system and the Tornado F5 contact web cleaning system.

Matt Fyffe, vice-president and general manager of Meech Static Eliminators USA, said: ‘Today, companies want to monitor the performance of static control systems so cleaning can be carried out when needed, without incurring unnecessary stoppages to the production line or press.

‘Visually, it’s difficult to tell whether bars need dirt and paper dust removed and usually the first signs are problems in quality or throughput levels because static levels have become too high.

‘Because contamination is affected by the stock and running conditions, it is difficult to set the frequency of cleaning in advance.

‘To provide even greater peace of mind to the operator, the 904CM includes spark detection circuitry, which gives the immediate detection of any damage to the high-voltage cabling or ionising bar.

‘The new 904CM system is straightforward to fit and operate and provides the accurate monitoring of the performance of the emitter pins incorporated within the ionising bars,’ he added.

According to Fyffe, the system consists of a power unit and monitor.

The amber and red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have adjustable percentage trigger points that can be set by the customer, while the analogue output means the output of the bars can be monitored offline and the data logged for future analysis.

He continued: ‘Shearclean is a non-contact system suitable for sectors ranging from narrow web label printing, including litho, gravure and flexo, as well as converting, food packaging and pharmaceutical applications.

‘Shearclean opens the door to a whole new range of applications where contact cleaning systems are not feasible.

‘This could include substrates with surfaces that are prone to scratching, special coatings or decorative labels destined for premium consumer goods.

‘Shearclean is also highly effective when used in applications involving coating.

‘We believe its ease of installation, effectiveness in removing dust and debris from an extensive range of materials and its low running costs will make Shearclean attractive to many companies seeking to improve productivity,’ said Fyffe.

Shearclean can be supplied for use with reel widths up to 60in (1.5m) and web speeds of up to 1,500ft/min (450m/min) as standard.

Faster speeds may be achieved by adjusting the factory settings.

The system can be used to clean materials as diverse as paper or film.

Printers wanting to remove debris from the web prior to printing could fit Shearclean before the first unit, while pre-printed reels could be cleaned before packaging.

Shearclean can be tailored to suit customers’ requirements, not just in terms of width but also in sophistication.

For instance, Meech can provide different control upgrades to create a fully programmable unit.

The company has also incorporated the latest AC ionising bars into Shearclean, improving the effectiveness of the cleaning process and reducing the risk of re-attraction of contaminants to the cleaned web surfaces.

The latest Tornado F5 contact web cleaner is aimed at wide web contact cleaning and can be used in a single-sided configuration with web widths from 65in (1,660mm) and double-sided configuration from 30in (760mm).

The Tornado F5 is designed to overcome unacceptable quality causing high reject rates, excessive blanket washing and dirty webs resulting in loss of profit or customer dissatisfaction.

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