Absolute InkSave: all-in-one flexo chamber washing & ink recovery
Ink replacement and chamber washing are recurring tasks during order changes. Absolute invented InkSave, a complete flexo washing and ink recovery system, to clean your ink circuits faster, more economical and better than ever. And on top of that InkSave recovers your ink — undiluted and without contamination — for your next order.
Absolute invented InkSave to make your life easier and save you time and money.
This all-in-one washing and ink recovery solution solves four major problems found in conventional automatic washing systems:
- Ink loss, dilution, and contamination
- Excessive water consumption
1. InkSave reduces ink loss by 80%
Flexo presses lose 3-4 liters of ink per color change during one wash cycle. This is because the only purpose of most flexo washing systems is to clean the ink circuit , simply by flushing with lots of water. But sadly, this results in loss of large ink quantities.
80% less ink loss – how? InkSave uses an intelligent pumping system that recovers your ink before the actual washing cycle – without diluting it. Once the ink is extracted from the ink circuit, the InkSave’s innovation prevents contamination from reaching the return ink. The result is undiluted ink, with the correct Ph value and viscosity for the next job.
2. InkSave saves up to 50% on water consumption
Water is an increasingly important resource that must not be wasted. Just think about it: an average washing cycle consumes 50 liters of water!
InkSave can reduce this excessive water consumption by 50%. A flexo washing cycle with 50% less water consumption is possible because InkSave starts by thoroughly extracting the ink. And this leaves only a little ink residue in the circuit. As a result, the system needs much less water to clean the ink circuit and the chambers.
3. InkSave prevents wastage and hidden costs
A regular flexo washing process involves many hidden costs. Think of the ink residues and the large amounts of waste water. Purification or disposal by an external company involves costs. In addition, this entire process places a burden on the environment.
InkSave reduces the costs of disposal and purification. Simply because it generates less waste of water. And besides, because it handles your valuable ink sparingly.
4. InkSave minimizes downtime during flexo washing cycles
Colour changes take a lot of time, starting with the washup process itself. This is followed by restoring the default ink values: increasing the pigment level, adjusting the anilox, or reformulating the ink. All this results in costly downtime.
InkSave prevents all the unnecessary downtime. From start to finish, the complete washing and ink recovery process only takes 5 minutes. And because InkSave leaves your chambers and ink system much drier than other flexo wash-up systems, new ink is not diluted and has the correct values from the first print.
Reclaimed ink is not contaminated or spoiled with water but is immediately ready for use. You no longer spend time changing the anilox, adding pigments, or adjust Ph values and viscosity of the ink.
Long-term results of InkSave
Many InkSave installations worldwide at both small and large flexo printers prove that the investment return is impressive.
Using their former washing systems, these companies recorded an ink loss of 3 to 4 liters of ink at every color change. After switching to InkSave, ink loss dropped to only 0.65 liters!
Water consumption during wash cycles before InkSave was 50 liters. But after installing InkSave, it decreased by 50%.
How do these figures look on an annual basis? Calculated over more than 8,000 color changes per year, InkSave saved 18,800 liters of ink and 200,000 litres of water per client. Not to mention increased productivity, cost savings for disposal and purification, and the positive effect on the environment.