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Slam-Dunk Solutions for Screen Cleaning

(August 2013) posted on Tue Aug 20, 2013

Make the most of your screen-reclaiming efforts by following the tips presented here.


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A recirculation system is another environmentally sensitive piece of equipment that helps to eliminate harm to our environment and cuts down on product cost. This is due to the system’s ability to filter out the ink pigments coming off of the screen during cleaning and then filtering the pigment out of the screen wash. As a result, the printer reaps the benefit of using the screen wash many times over. Choose a recirculation system that is constructed of polypro or stainless steel and will hold 15-20 gal of eco-friendly screen wash. Ideally, it will include an air pump system that will circulate the chemical through a rolled filter media, circulate it through a baffled cleaning chamber, circulate through a canister filter with final recirculation back through an applicator brush with a trigger action.

A drum-pumping station can be a great add-on, depending upon the quantity of screens you are cleaning/reclaiming and the hours you spend per day in this function.

Generally, a single-unit system sits on top of a 55-gal drum of product such as degreaser, screen wash, stencil remover, or press wash. It utilizes an airflow pump with a trigger-action dispensing nozzle that is hooked up to a compressor. Placed next to a washout booth, the system simplifies the screen-cleaning process by enabling the operator to provide a consistent flow of product with easy spraying action. Over the short and long term, the DPS system enables savings in time used in screen cleaning and in product used due to less waste. And, with the elimination of plastic spray bottles, the environmental impact is also minimized.


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