Ultrasonic Anilox Cleaner FAQ

What occurs in an Ultrasonic Cleaning Tank?

Ultrasonic Cleaning occurs through a process called Cavitation. There are two types of cavitation: inertial (or transient) and non-inertial. Non-inertial cavitation is the type used in Ultrasonic Cleaning Tanks and is the phenomenon whereby almost instantaneous changes of heat and pressure in liquid create small vacuum chambers (or bubbles) in areas within the fluid with relatively low pressure.


How does Ultrasonic Cleaning work?

Ultrasonic Cleaning works through the process of Cavitation as described above.  High frequency sound waves and a cleaning agent are used together to create a gentle, yet searching effect on various items depending on the application. What sets Alphasonics’ apart, is the fact our technology delivers an incredibly even distribution of sound, making it the most advanced, consistent and precise anilox rollers cleaning system found anywhere on the market.


What if I have specific machine requirements?

Every Alphasonicsanilox roll cleaning system is made to exact specifications based on our customer’s needs. Our highly experienced staff guide you through every stage of the process from concept to design to manufacture. We pride ourselves in providing the very best possible customer experience and provide a cleaning system design to grow with a business over time.


Do I need a cleaning detergent and how often do I need to change it?

You will require a cleaning agent to assist in the removal of complex contaminants for clean anilox rolls. In the majority of situations, chemistry is added to Alphasonics at 10% dilution, which means low consumable costs by comparison to other options. In addition, we have a range of over 40 different anilox roller cleaning chemicals that have been specifically developed to tackle even the most difficult cleaning issue. For complex ink and vanishing systems, we can even recreate pressroom conditions to recreate a print run with a customers’ inks to determine the correct cleaning chemistry.  Optional filtration systems that can greatly extend the lifetime of the chemical can also be provided as optional extras or as standard depending on the system provided.

In terms of detergent changes, this will depend on how much contamination you are removed from the item being cleaned and the frequency of cleaning. For Anilox Roll cleaning with daily use, you would get 3-4 weeks without filtration and 6-8 with filtration. If you are cleaning surgical equipment, we would advise a tank change after every cleaning cycle.


What are Alphasound and Betasound?

Alphasound and Betasound are two unique technological developments from Alphasonics in 2000.

Alphasound is the ability to choose two different frequencies depending on the task. This lends itself particular well in the flexographic print industry. Notably, alongside a standard low frequency cleaning setting for initial cleaning, a separate high frequency setting is used to keep the rolls clean where regular cleaning is required, especially for high screen aniloxes. This is combined with ‘enhanced frequency sweep’ which regulates the distribution of ultrasound in a very unique way, ensuring the safety of parts in the system.  This is guaranteed in writing

Betasound takes our core technology even further, using two different frequencies simultaneously. High and low frequency pairings are designed for parts which are of even more delicate nature.   Such items include ultra-high screen Anilox Rolls as used in ‘HD Flexo’.  .

Alphasonics are proud to have conceived, developed and introduced these technologies to the market.