Flint Group Introduces a New Lightweight Family of rotec® Sleeves and Bridges
  • Up to 65% weight reduction for easier handling
  • Superior dimensional stability for faster press speeds
  • Increased safety and efficiency in the press room

Charlotte, NC, December 19, 2017 - With increasing demand in the printing industry for equipment that enables more frequent and faster job changes on press, Flint Group introduces a new, lightweight family of rotec® Sleeves and Bridges designed to increase press efficiency.  The new rotec® product line provides the same proven polyurethane coating that is well-known for its durability and solvent resistance in a series of sleeves and adapters that are lighter and easier to handle.

The rotec® Lightweight Premium Sleeve – a high performance, plate mounting sleeve offering weight savings up to 40% compared to similar premium sleeves – exhibits excellent dimensional stability for high printing speeds, making it particularly effective in the wide web printing sector. The key to its superior all-around performance is the combination of its light weight and ease of use coupled with the premium construction that provides added strength and stability.  The sleeve is further enhanced with an aluminum end plate that seals the edges for extra protection against inks, cleaning liquids and humidity and provides optimum performance and longevity to the sleeve life. 

According to Bob Adler, Sales Director Flint Group, “Press operators find that the extremely low tolerances of these sleeves over time result in more consistent register accuracy, thereby delivering unparalleled print results.  Presses can run faster with a tight tolerance product.”  Adler further explains, “They are also less susceptible to damage and wear and tear over time, thereby having sleeves last a little longer in use.” 

The weight savings in press and mounter applications is further extended to the rotec® ULW Bridge – an ultra-lightweight adapter offering up to 65% reduction in weight – a significant weight savings for improved safety and handling by press operators.  The rotec® ULW Bridge is suitable for all press widths, and offers particular benefits where higher wall thicknesses are most commonly used, such as in cantilevered mounter applications and unusually large print applications, including corrugated pre-print.

The rotec® ULW Bridge construction is available in either the rotec® Airo design, for systems with a dedicated air conduction system, or the rotec® Unifit design, with a pass-through air conduction system, to work with virtually all types of air cylinders.  Additionally, the rotec® ULW Bridge can be custom-made with special features such as the rotec® Eco Bridge Technology with a breathable metal ring which creates an air pillow for easier and faster mounting, or the rotec® Omega Surface Technology for conductivity properties.  Special end rings and air supply configurations are also available.

To complete the lightweight family of sleeves and bridges, the rotec® Atlas CFX Bridge offers superior construction in a lightweight sleeve designed to reduce press vibrations  in high speed printing.  The key to the premium performance lies in the carbon fiber reinforcement layer which lends superior strength and stability to the fiberglass base, which when coupled with the hard polyurethane outer coating provides maxium stability for extremely high print performance at high press speeds.  The uniquely lightweight bridge is capped with aluminum end rings for added protection and support.

Flint Group understands the industry requirements for products that accommodate more frequent job changes and increased efficiency as run lengths for print jobs continue to decline.   The new lightweight family of rotec® Sleeves and Bridges are just some of the latest solutions from Flint Group that make the work environment more productive and safe.  For more information on Flint Group and additional solutions for the printing industry, visit www.flintgrp.com.

Flint Group
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. Revenues for 2016 were € 2.3 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit www.flintgrp.com .
rotec® is a registered trademark of Flint Group.

Source: Flint Group