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Matrix Removal

Matrix removal

In the process of carton converting, speed is always of the essence. Whether it is speeding up make ready or production runs, simply put, being slow costs money.

So, as carton converters, is there ever a time when you can slow things down? A recent article from Man Mat Creasing Matrix suggests there is.

Man Mat advise that one of the issues their customers report, is the difficulty to cleanly remove creasing matrix  from the Platen. This is due to the strohg adhesive that is used to grip between the matrix and the plate. 

The problem created is leaving a sticky residue, resulting in wasted time spent on cleaning the platen. Time is one luxury Carton Converters don't have.

Slowing things down?

Man Mat have explained, the way in which the creasing matrix is removed from the platen can result in less residue being left behind. By following their steps to removal, there is less residue being left behind. By following their steps to removal, there is less time spent cleaning between one production run and the make ready of the next.

Correct matrix removalDo

A steady and progressive peeling action at a 90° angle  to the platen surface is more effective removing matrix from the platen, and leaves little, if any residue.

Similar to peeling a plaster from skin, slowly removing the matrix is more effective at removing the whole component, including the glue. 

Incorrect matrix removalDon't

According to Man Mat many converters remove the matrix from the platen as shown in the photo below; But they explain that tearing the matrix off rapidly at an acute angle will leave significant deposits of residue.

Being that little bit slower in this instance can speed things up further along the line, providing more time for the make ready process.

20th March 2018, 12:39