Missing Lacquer Problems: How to Detect Them
by Niña Munoz, Marketing Executive
Published: March 21, 2019
If sheets or cans with missing lacquer get through the production undetected, they can cause serious problems: either can corrosion or blunting of the tooling. These can lead to unplanned downtime, spoilage and customer complaints — all of which represent unnecessary costs.
To reduce the risks of these defects, detecting them at line speed should be a priority. Knowing the causes of sheets with missing lacquer is the first step to stop producing them. Below are the most common causes why you keep on seeing a sheet with missing lacquer in your production:
1. Missing lacquer due to partially overlapped sheets that entered the coater
This type of missing lacquer defect is caused by an overlapping sheet that entered the coater, resulting in only one sheet being fully lacquered.
If you keep seeing a sheet like this in your production, you would only need to install one IS641-51 Missing Lacquer Detector. This sensor will immediately send a reject signal if it detects a partially overlapped sheet, preventing the sheet to damage your machines due to missing lacquer. This type of missing lacquer defect is caused by an overlapping sheet that entered the coater, resulting in only one sheet being fully lacquered.
2. Missing lacquer due to lacquer starvation
This means that the lacquer tank did not get filled up on time. There will be missing lacquer on the edges of the sheets for this type of problem. However, you would not know if the missing lacquer will manifest in the left or right side.
For this type of defect, you would need two missing lacquer detectors: One to guard the left side of the sheet and one to guard the right side.
3. Missing lacquer due to contaminated lacquering machine
This is the least frequent cause of missing lacquer on sheets. It is caused by either a label or a rag that has gone through the lacquering machine. A label can usually make one bad sheet. A rag, however, can indent the lacquering roll which may cause more bad sheets with missing lacquer. When this happens, be prepared to double or even triple your costs because it would lead to expensive downtime and horrific sheet spoilage.
For this type of problem, it is safe to say that the defect would be about 20cm wide. For over 1200 mm, you would need to install 6 missing lacquer detectors to prevent this problem from happening.
WHAT WE RECOMMEND:
IS641 Missing Lacquer Detector
By having only ONE SENSOR, you can:
+ Detect 100% of the overlapped sheets
+ Detect defects caused by lacquer starvation
+ Detect some of the defects caused by contamination
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