Selecting the Right Web Cleaner

How Will I Benefit?

Improved Output Quality

A clean web means a high quality finish, free of surface contamination and imperfections. This is especially important in pharmaceutical and food packaging applications.

Reduced Downtime

Should the web become contaminated, printing presses and other processes will need to be shut down and regularly maintained. This leads to a loss in productivity and therefore, profits.

More Profitable Production

By installing a web cleaner, you can rely on the advanced technology to produce outstanding surface cleaning results. With a clean surface and less downtime, rejects are significantly reduced.

Customer Satisfaction

Due to the improved quality of your finished product, your customer is more likely to be happy with their final product. This means less likelihood of returns that may affect your business reputation.

Repeat Business

With an improved quality output and increased customer satisfaction, your customers are more inclined to place repeat orders as you are a tried and tested supplier.

Which Web Cleaner

Contact Cleaning

Our contact cleaners are used in application where contact with the web is not a concern. The cleaners physically make contact with the surface of the web to ensure surface contamination removal. 

TakClean incorporates the specially formulated TransTak elastomer contact cleaning rollers and perforated adhesive rolls which, combined, make TakClean the ultimate elastomer based web cleaning machine.

VacClean systems incorporate an enhanced contact cleaning manifold with either an Air Handling Unit (AHU) or vacuum fan unit, depending on the installation environment and web width.

Non-Contact Cleaning

Our non-contact cleaners offer a method of cleaning delicate surfaces where physical contact may cause an issue to the surface quality and finish. 

The Meech CyClean™ has been designed in response to increased demand for a compact, high performance, non-contact web cleaning system.

Through the application of advanced computational fluid dynamics, Meech has optimised the cleaning efficiency of CyClean to remove and extract contamination to below 1 micron.

A CyClean system comprises three main components; the cleaning head, active static control and an Air Handling Unit (AHU).

The Meech ShearClean™ web cleaning system is innovative and based on patented technology that utilises well established aerodynamic and fluid dynamic technologies to achieve the very highest levels of cleaning efficiency without the need for physical contact.

The proprietary cleaning rollers operate at a very high rotational velocity, typically within 1mm of the surface of the web. The roller design has been optimised to generate a high speed boundary layer of air. The greater energy of this layer destroys the boundary layer associated with the incoming web, exposing even the smallest particles to the powerful cleaning force. The low pressure, high velocity region created by the roller lifts and removes the particles from the web and carries them to the vacuum extraction chamber from which they are evacuated to the Air Handling Unit (AHU).

Things To Consider...

The web material is a decisive factor for choosing if your application requires a contact or a non-contact web cleaner. Sensitive materials such as films or LCD screens would require a non-contact web cleaner, which eliminates the risk of surface marking and damage. On the contrary, for materials such as paper, a contact web cleaner can be specified. At this point, you should also think if the material processed on the line regularly changes.

The web speed relates to the thickness of the boundary layer. With a slow-moving web, the boundary layer is thin. As the speed of the web increases, so does the thickness of the boundary layer. If the boundary layer is not removed completely, contamination may remain on the web. Each Meech system uses a different technology to fully break through the boundary layer, ensuring excellent contamination removal.

 Contact Web CleaningNon-Contact Web Cleaning
Web CleanerTakCleanVacCleanCyCleanShearClean
Cleaning MethodTacky RollerVacuumVacuum – Blow – VacuumRotary
MaterialPaper, film >10 micronAny, >50 micronAnyAny
Web Speed250m/min1600m/min800m/min600m/min

Meech systems are used to remove many types of dry and unbonded contamination from the web surface. Some common types of contamination on web lines include:

Die-cut chads
Dust – ambient or slitting
Fibres
Hair
Insects

The contamination will vary in size, however, Meech web cleaners are able to effectively clean contaminants down to 0.3 micron.

 Contact Web CleaningNon-Contact Web Cleaning
Web CleanerTakCleanVacCleanCyCleanShearClean
Cleaning MethodTacky RollerVacuumVacuum – Blow – VacuumRotary
MaterialPaper, film >10 micronAny, >50 micronAnyAny
Contamination Size>0.5 micron>5 micron>0.5 micron>0.3 micron
Contamination LevelLowVery HighHighHigh

When choosing a web cleaning system, the maximum and minimum web widths that may be passing through the cleaner are important. This will help determine the most suitable system available.

You should consider where you intend to install the web cleaner on your production line and how accessible this space will be for your team. We are aware that space is often limited for many of our customers, that is why we have designed our web cleaning systems to be compact, to easily fit most presses and lines.

Your web tension will help determine which web cleaner is most suitable. For low-tension webs, we have engineered the CyClean-R, which can be positioned on a roller to negate tension issues and still deliver an exceptional clean web surface.

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Our Web Cleaners are designed and manufactured by our in-house Engineers who work directly with customers to design the best and most efficient systems. This technical expertise is backed-up by a team of industry and application experts who are ready to offer advice and guidance on any kind of application. Let us help you select the perfect web cleaner.