Dirty Static Problems
Contaminants and static create big problems for printers, but the right system will protect employees and increase production yields.
ANY PRINTER KNOWS there are several things that can ruin a job and harm the company's reputation. Dust, contaminants, and static electricity are just a few—but a costly few.
Static not only zaps press operators, but also attracts dust particles, hair, and other contaminants to the web, which leads to unsightly errors on the finished printed product. Brand owners don't want to package their products in dirty and poorly printed boxes or labels, and printers don't want to be the ones to supply such packaging.
The appropriate static control and web cleaning product can work wonders for printers, reducing waste and protecting operators from harmful shocks. Both lead to increased profits and happy customers. Recently, packagePRINTING asked a few printers what units they use and why. This is what they said:
BISON BAG COMPANY, INC.
Bison Bag Company, located in Lockport, N.Y., prints, converts, and laminates a variety of films and other flexible packaging materials for many industries. Using flexography as well as the latest in digital technology, the company produces printed and plain poly bags and pouches.
Until recently, Bison Bag used static control bars with an eradication field of about 1˝. The bar helped eliminate some static charge, but not all of it and the result was bags that didn't stack well.
At CMM International in Chicago this past April, Jim Streicher Jr., company vice president of operations, stumbled across TAKK Industries Inc. After reviewing TAKK's anti-static equipment and receiving a generous offer, he chose the TAKK Ion-Edge AC Static Eliminator Bar and TAKK Ionstorm XR Static Elimination DC Pulse Bar system. He has been pleased with the equipment.
The TAKK bars offer a much wider field of eradication and a lot more flexibility in where the units can be placed on the machines, Streicher said. "With the older bars, the field of eradication was so small, especially on the wicketters where they only treated 1˝ on the top and bottom, and left the middle still staticy," he said. "With the TAKK bars, employees complained a lot less about the way the bags laid down. With the TAKK bars, we don't have to worry about the bar being so close to the web that it almost touches it."