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INK CUPS & CERAMIC RINGS - FAQs:


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1. Why does not my ink cup always doctor well when I first start printing?
2. Do you have replacement rings for all machines?
3. What is the life of a ceramic ring?
4. What's the advantage of a double-sided ring?
5. How do I replace a ring?
6. What unique features does your ink cup have?
7. Why do magnets on my cup scratch my plate?
8. How do I know when to replace my ring?





Answers:

1. Why does not my ink cup always doctor well when I first start printing?
Trapped vapor pressure causes a flood of ink around the ring. Before starting the machine, make sure you open the cup vent plug slightly so that the air can escape.



2. Do you have replacement rings for all machines?
We have a ring or cup solution for nearly all existing pad printers.



3. What is the life of a ceramic ring?
If handled properly, a ring will sustain a minimum of 1 million impressions per side.



4. What's the advantage of a double-sided ring?
A double-sided ring is reversible and, importantly, reversible on site. This prevents downtime if one side is damaged.



5. How do I replace a ring?
We have ring removal tools for all ink cups made by ICN.



6. What unique features does your ink cup have?
ICN ink cups are made of high quality anodized aluminum. Unlike plastic cups, our cups are very durable. And they are specifically designed for ease of cleaning.



7. Why do magnets on my cup scratch my plate?
Because other manufacturers provide ink cups with exposed magnets that are coated with nickel. The nickel coating eventually fails and breaks off in flakes which scratch the plate. We highly recommend using covered (enclosed) magnets. Enclosed magnets are incorporated in all ICN ink cups so magnet scratching is not an issue.



8. How do I know when to replace my ring?
Most likely, it is time to replace the ring when you see ink particles on the plate. This may result from a chip or a scratch in the ceramic ring material. However, it also could be caused by a haze over the plate that you cannot get to clear. Do not let the width of the ceramic ring exceed .015".



 
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