Thinking of investing in an automatic screen cleaner, but don’t no where to start? Screen Print World CEO and Screen printing expert, Dave Roper answers a few regularly asked questions on our Lotus Holland Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Units.
Why should I invest in one of these Auto cleaning units?
It will turn up every day and works for less than the minimum wage, safer and better conditions for the employers no nasty chemicals, it will save you time, money and its kinder to the environment!
What size is the unit?
Very small foot print with only 5m in length and 125cm in height it’s the smallest auto cleaner on the market. they are that compact & self contained, most people put them in there actual Printshop with the added bonus that they run very quiet.
How does the Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Unit work?
It is a very simple 3 chamber system as shown below.
How many screens will it clean?
The Lotus Holland Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Unit will clean 200-225 screens in an 8 hour shift.
How many people is needed to run it?
Very little labour is needed! It will switch itself off when not in use and some print shops get the printers/end of drying staff to load and unload the machine.
How easy is it to use?
Very easy, no plc’s, no computers and as long as you follow some simple guidelines it’s push and go.
How long does the solution last?
Between 3 and 9 months depending on your housekeeping and how well you look after it and of course how often you use it! Pumps already on the machine help you replace chemistry quickly and easily.
How much does it cost to clean a screen 23 x 31?
The cleaning cost per screen is typically around 50p depending on a few variables.
What’s the compact Evo made from?
Quality stainless steel made in the Netherlands with hard wearing European parts and pumps.
What connections do I need?
Mains drain and needs 3 phase electric and compressed air to operate.
Will I have to degrease?
Nope, the solution has a built in degreaser so you are good to go.
Will I have to dehaze separately?
Yes, ghosting is caused by the pigments in the ink you use, so after some time you will have to use a de haze paste to remove previous designs.
What maintenance do I need to do on the machine?
Change the filter when needed, keep an eye on the level of cleaning chemistry and check the PH balance in the stripper with daily top ups of cleaning chemistry.
Can I use any emulsions?
Pretty much yes, always good to check first though.
Where can I buy the filters and the chemistry from?
For UK and eire, we stock the chemistry and filters here at Screen Print world, in our Midlands based warehouse.
Can I add sections at a later date if I need more though put?
Yes, it is a modular system.
What’s the warranty?
If you use the recommended cleaning chemistry and have it serviced once a year from a qualified Lotus Holland service tech then its a massive 10 years! Otherwise standard is 1 year.
What is the cost?
£45,000 for the Lotus Holland Evo compact, ex VAT ex delivery and install.
Over a 5 year period subject to finance, this would cost approx. £220 per week, £44 a day or £5.50 an hour.