Teknimek Engineering, UK
Teknimek manufacture Rathe the Teknimek Proofer consisting of a separate Inker and Printer unit to enable you to produce print strike-offs quickly and easily.
The design of Rathe the Teknimek Proofer is the result of many years experience in the production of proofing equipment for the ink industry and is used extensively by both ink manufacturers and printers, from small independent to large multinational companies.
The Inker is a three roller system, made up of a driving roller, an oscillating roller and a rubber distribution roller which transfers ink to the print disc. The print disc is then transferred to the Printer unit.
The material to be printed, which may include paper, card or tin plate is clipped on to the substrate carrier and placed on the printing ledge of the Printer. The print disc is then lowered into position and a print produced.
lndividual lnkers or Printers can be purchased separately to accommodate different work loads.
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Rathe The Teknimek Proofer
The Rub Tester
The Rub Tester provides a simple and accurate method of determining the rub and abrasion resistance of inks printed on a variety of materials. It will also assess the comparative transfer between surfaces. It has been designed to conform to BS 3110:1959 and being robustly constructed will provide many years of reliable service.
The printed specimen to be tested is clamped on a rubber covered fixed platen. Over this platen a rubbing block holding the plain material is moved backwards and forwards by a driving arm for a predetermined number of cycles. The machine then automatically stops and the test samples can be removed for analysis.
One of the principal requirements of the product developer is to be able to produce small batches of finished product in a controlled and consistent manner. He needs to identify changes in finished product due to changes in formulation as opposed to changes in manufacturing method.
The Dragee Pan is designed to minimise the variation in manufacturing technique due to the operator. It has a 30 cm diameter spherical stainless steel pan, which can be driven at speeds that are continuously variable between 5 and 75 rpm, at angles of between 0° and 90° to the horizontal. The speed control and on/off switch are encased in a housing on the base plate.
Some users find it appropriate to be able to blow hot or cold air into the pan and, although that facility is not supplied, there is a fitting on the base of the unit that will accept a 12.5 mm diameter rod on which can be mounted a hairdryer/blower system.
For applications involving dry materials, for example, coating of nuts with spices, where the material would normally stay in the bottom of the pan irrespective of the fact that the pan is rotating, stainless steel blades can be fitted inside the pan to cause agitation of the mass. Two or three blades are the normal requirement.