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Morrison Cup Solutions

The Problem

Morrison Cup Solutions produces custom branded beverage cups for convenience store chains and national food and beverage service distributors. These colorful cups are printed on offset printers which require periodic hand-cleaning of the color head modules. Morrison Cup Solutions contacted Free State Innovations to see if a solution could be found that would eliminate this time-consuming, messy process.

Designing a new printer head cleaning system

The solution

The Free State Innovations team collaborated with the Morrison Cup Solution team to explore viable, cost-effective solutions. Since the color head modules are removable, Free State Innovations’ engineering team proposed a stand-alone print head cleaning stand. The design for the stand includes a motor-controlled gear box where paint heads can be attached and rotated while being lightly sprayed with a cleaning agent. The motor has two modes for operation: a “jog” mode allows an operator to depress a button which slowly rotates the rollers, and a run mode with a timer which automatically rotates and cleans for predetermined durations. This solution is much faster than the current manual process and is far less messy.

The Result

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