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December 11, 2017

New platen cleaning device. For even more productivity in the die-cutting process.

Marbach Automation & Service now offers a cleaning device for corrugated board die-cutting machines: the mplaten|cleaner. With it, the platen of a die-cutting machine can be cleaned efficiently by the machine operator and the machine’s productivity increased. 

The productivity requirements of the market for die-cutting tools are high. Ever shorter make-ready times are demanded. Important factors in minimizing these times are the technological equipment and the quality of the die-cutting, stripping and blanking tools themselves. For maximum output – in addition to the used tooling technologies and their functionality – the condition of die-cutting machines also play a major role.

Sandra Hemberger, Sales Marbach Automation & Service: “The die-cutting machine becomes subject to natural wear and tear during the packaging production. But that’s not all. Through increased soiling of the platen, unevenness in this area grows steadily. This results in increased make-ready work. And with that productivity declines little by little. With the aim of offering our customers the optimal solution for every requirement, we have developed a new platen cleaning device. The mplaten|cleaner is characterized by easy handling and is less expensive to purchase than conventional systems.”

With this tool, dirt and rust is removed from the platen. Through cleaning unevenness is smoothed out and therefore the work needed for setting-up a tool is reduced significantly. The tonnage can then be reduced thus extending the tool life span. Moreover the die-cutting results are also positively affected through a clean platen. 

A purification process is not easy due to different machine factors. That’s why many printing and shops and cutting departments have skipped any regular comprehensive cleaning of the platen in the past. Hemberger continues: “With our new platen cleaning device, the upper and lower part of the platen can be cleaned with only one movement. The disassembly of the chain in the die-cutting machine is not necessary. The mplaten|cleaner is designed in such a way that even difficult to access spots can be easily reached. Cleaning can be accomplished by the machine operator and takes – when carried out regularly – usually not longer than one hour. Depending on the condition of the machine, the first cleaning can naturally take some more time. It is however worth investing this time in maintaining the condition of the machine. Because this time and effort for cleaning pays off quickly through a positive impact on the make-ready times.” 

Marbach recommends cleaning the machinery every six months in order to maintain die-cutting machines in the best condition. 

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