Coating rollers for UV and water based varnishes Sheetfed Offset Printing
Böttcher varnishing roller coverings have been developed with an eye on the special requirements of varnishing units in printing presses. They are characterised by a parti-cularly homogenous surface, good dimen-sional stability and optimal ink and fountain solution transport. To ensure that Böttcher varnishing roller coverings obtain best possible results and reach a long service life, the following Operating Instructions should be observed:
Transportation and Storage
Varnishing roller coverings must not have any contact with load suspension devices during transportation and have to be protected against the impact of direct blows. When lifted with lateral lifting slings, squared timbers have to be used for the protection of front sides. Rollers may only be stored on their journal, not on the surface of the covering. The covering has to be protected against direct action of light and heat. Storage in a cold environment has to be avoided as well. The original wrapping paper supplied by Böttcher warrants the necessary protection from light and should be left on the roller covering, to be removed just immediately before use. coverings of a specific material. The materials which are resistant against UV and water varnishes (e.g. 739 70, 748 80) are not resistant against mineral oil. This means, that as a rule, severe welling occurs when these materials come into contact with oils or greases, rendering the roller covering unfit for use.
To ensure a long service life and precise printing, the rollers have to be cleaned with a suitable cleaning and care product after every printing job, prior to ink changes and, in case of high print volumes, also in between. Furthermore, the rollers have to be thoroughly cleaned, inspected and regenerated with suitable care products at intervals not exceeding 4 weeks, or, when subjected to special strains - such as fast-drying inks or linting papers - at considerably shorter intervals.

For cleaning and care of Böttcher printing roller coverings, Böttcher with their brand products Böttcherin and Feboclean offer a range of special cleaning and care products, which are tuned to different operating media and roller materials.
Roller Pressure and Printing Strip Width
A roller will only achieve its desired function permanently, when adjusted correctly. Insufficient impression pressures will - due to the tolerances in concentric running and cylindricity - lead to uneven varnish transport.

Excessive impression pressures have - due to internal friction and pressure over-load - a negative effect on the life of the roller covering. To avoid an uneven impression pressure and the resulting pressure overload, it has to be ensured, that the roller is always adjusted parallel to the counter roller. When adjusted in parallel, a printing strip of even width is obtained over the entire length of the contact area. During prolonged rest periods, the roller covering has to be released from load by setting off the roller, to avoid permanent deformation.
Chemical Resistance
Roller coverings are exposed to stress by chemical substances in the operating media, such as inks and fountain solutions as well as cleaning agents and care products. Böttcher offer roller covering materials, which are specifically tuned to different printing processes and operating media. Special operating media, such as fast-drying inks, UV-drying inks or special varnishes may require the application of roller care products warrants - apart from good cleaning action - maintenance of functionality of the roller covering.In general, the following has to be observed for the application of cleaning and care products:

- Any contact with oil or oil-containing cleaning agents should be avoided for the materials suitable for UV and water varnishes (e.g. 739 70, 748 80).

- Cleaning may be performed with Feboclean UV or any common UV-cleaner, water, mono- or polyhydric alcohols.

Tools with sharp edges, such as steel brushes or emery paper must not be used for cleaning under any circumstances.
Levelling and Re-Grinding
After longer operating times, due to the impact of operating media and other influences, hardening and glazing of the roller surface may occur, which cannot be eliminated with cleaning and care products any more. Hardening of the roller surface is also indicated by an increase on the Shore hardness measured on the surface. In such an event, a functional surface condition can be restored by levelling, i.e. light re-grinding of the roller covering.