Saint Clair Systems technologies provide the utimate in materials management and cost-efficiency - without sacrificing quality. Whether you’re in flexographic, gravure, or corrugated printing, our customized solutions eliminate process fluid varaiables that cause waste, downtime, and ballooned costs.
With our customized viscosity control solutions, your printing operation will improve. You’ll be able to expect:
More Consistent Product
Increased Ink Mileage
Decreased Environmental Impact
As a flexographic printer, you must be able to adapt your processes to print on a diverse range of substrates, including plastic, metallic films, paper, and cellophane. If these variations weren’t enough, you still have to worry about maintaining adequate ink viscosity, temperature control, and solvent levels.
Even the slightest alterations in any of these areas can lead to imperfect print jobs and customer rejections due to issues like bleeding and smearing, color variations, striations and other print quality shortcomings. And that doesn’t even address the potential waste, downtime and loss of revenue you might experience.DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE Request Process Evaluation
As a gravure printer, your clients expect you to deliver high-quality finished products with sharp, fine images.
If you aren’t able to maintain the proper viscosity of your ink, it may not dry before reaching the next station on your press, leading to issues like smearing or smudging. Saint Clair Systems and Norcross Viscosity Controls have extensive experience in developing customized solutions that can keep your gravure press running smoothly.DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE Request Process Evaluation
Corrugated printing isn’t what it used to be. Clients don’t want simple, low-resolution images on their finished products. When ordering point-of-purchase displays, signs, shipping boxes and other items, your customers expect sharp, detailed imagery that aligns with their brand messages. The slightest changes in ink viscosity or temperature can lead to color variations and other imperfections like smearing or striping.
The customized temperature and viscosity control solutions developed by Saint Clair Systems and Norcross Viscosity Controls can help you save time and resources, and trim waste in your corrugated printing process.DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE Request Process Evaluation
With over 3600 applications under our belt, we have the experience and expertise to streamline your processes and cut costs.
A potential customer was confident their processes were running fine and temperature control would offer minimal benefit.
So, we provided a free analysis of their systems using our proprietary software. We were able to show how differences in paint temperature were leading to excess coating. Our proposed solution saved over $500,000 in coating and solvent usage.
Interested in improving your finishing process? We’ll evaluate your process for improvements. If needed, we’ll even provide a demo product to show you the improvements first-hand.Request a Demo Unit
We reported increased stability in striation patterns when applying PVC to aluminum to create a woodgrain finish. We reported significant reductions in color match issues as a result of consistent film build
Steelscape reported reduced “ropiness” when applying Polyester to steel resulting in a finish that “looks sprayed rather than rolled, Steelscape reported 75% reduction in solvent pop due to reduced solvent addition. Steelscape reported 100% reduction in solvents added to primers and backers and 60% reduction in solvents added to finish coats. This was the easiest capital project implementations that we’ve ever done!
Our system provided the biggest bang for the buck of any capital project so far!
Reported solvent reductions between 80% - 100%
As part of our ongoing continuous improvement plan at Roush, we decided to take a more aggressive approach to our temperature control in the paint shop. The resulting quality improvement was immediately noted and helped drive our FTC (First Time Capability) up and sustain it where we needed it to be.
At Valspar, we formulate our paints to run under a variety of different conditions and process variables. One of the primary variables is the paint temperature, which can vary from 40°F to 100°F based on the conditions at the coil coating facility. This wide swing in temperature can play havoc with both paint viscosity and application setup. Having consistent and targeted paint temperature removes this process variable and its effects from the equation. Additionally, having consistent paint temperature ensures optimal (minimal) usage of expensive reducing solvents to attain the desired viscosity and applied paint film thickness.
“Being able to control the temperature within a narrow range as paint is being used can be very beneficial. The most obvious benefit is a reduced amount of solvent usage. This is not only more economical for the coater but also reduces the environmental impact and health risks to their employees. Reducing the amount of solvent added [provides] additional benefit to the performance of the paint being used. The two major benefits are: Reduced possibility of having solvent popping or blistering problems. The addition of too much solvent to certain paints or certain colors of paints may cause color shifts or gloss changes and by reducing the amount that needs to be added this can be avoided.”