New generation sleeves from Flint Group
Flint Group has introduced two new generation sleeves – the rotec Smart Sleeve and the rotec High Performance Sleeve – now with new ‘easy-mount’ technology incorporated into the base to increase the ease and speed of mounting sleeves on press. This enhancement improves productivity and makes job changes on press faster and smoother.
The intermediate layer of the sleeves utilises the newest in advanced polyurethane materials to allow for up to a 25% weight reduction and provides easier and safer handling of sleeves. The rotec High Performance Sleeve has an additional barrier layer which provides superior dimensional stability. Both sleeves employ the same well known and high quality polyurethane outer layer proven in the rotec Blue Light Sleeve, which exhibits excellent scratch and solvent resistance for a long lasting, value added product.
Flint Group continues to focus on innovative product solutions for its flexographic customers. Trends in flexo printing continue toward shorter print runs and more job changes, while printers aim to achieve better print quality with lower costs and improved health and safety. The sleeves were developed with these challenges in mind, using new generation polyurethane materials with a brand new weight optimised construction and easy-mount technology.
‘Printers are finding that the rotec High Performance Sleeve significantly reduces press bounce and allows them to print jobs faster than ever, sometimes up to 100%. This has been proven at several different press trials,’ explained Bob Adler, sales director for the rotec brand in North America. ‘In addition, the special construction of the barrier layer builds dimensional stability into the sleeve, so it performs better on more challenging jobs by holding tighter tolerances.’