Drupa 2016

GSE Dispensing – IECEx-certified solvent dispensing solutions introduced at drupa

Anne Lourens, managing director for GSE Dispening with the Colorsat Compact dispensing system

THE NETHERLANDS • GSE Dispensing introduced grounding solutions that enable safe dispensing of solvent flexo and gravure inks for packaging and labels. This new safety option enables users of flammable inks to enjoy the benefits of colour on-demand and substantially higher ink yields with greatly reduced risk of fire and explosion.

The earth clamp, secured inside the bucket and connected by wire to the ground, conducts static electricity from containers and inks. Dispensing is prevented from occurring if the earth clamp is not connected properly. This eliminates the risk of sparks that can lead to explosions when highly flammable vapours are present in the atmosphere. Providing a level of safety beyond standard requirements, the clamping system also features an alarm light that flashes when the quick connector is not connected properly to the drum.

The earthing (grounding) clamp has been exhibited along with GSE Dispensing’s Colorsat Compact dispensing system, which is integrated with the company’s Colormix mixer. Suited for higher volume packaging applications, Colorsat Compact offers computerised dispensing of up to 34 components and can be modified on request specially for either solvent or water-based inks.

The introduction coincides with GSE Dispensing’s achievement of IECEx explosion-proof certification for its dispensing components. IECEx is the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres.

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