Rol-Tec Expands ITR Laser Engraved Print Cylinder Capabilities
Rol-Tec invests in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for ITR (In-The-Round) flexo printing sleeves and cylinders.
(Green Bay, Wis.) – Rol-Tec has signed an agreement to purchase its second Kronos precision laser engraving system from SPGPrints of Austria, Germany. Rol-Tec purchased its first laser engraving system from SPGPrints in 2013. The new system will be built in Austria and installed at Rol-Tec’s primary manufacturing facility in Green Bay near year’s end. The new Kronos will virtually double Rol-Tec’s production capacity as well as add some efficiencies and new output capabilities.
According to Rol-Tec president Matt Umentum, “We have been manufacturing rubber covered rollers and fiberglass sleeves for the converting and printing industry for years. With the first Kronos direct laser engraving system, we became the only single source in the U.S. for the complete system of mandrels, base sleeves, rubber covering and laser engraving. This was a great advantage to our customers by reducing purchasing logistics and eliminating delays caused by shipping components between multiple suppliers.
Umentum explained that both Kronos systems can engrave cylinders up to 126” (320cm) long and diameters from 2.7”to 15.7” ( (60 to 400mm). “The first Kronos has the capacity to handle a 1,100 lb (500kg) load weight, while the new unit has a load capacity of 2,200 lbs (1000kg),” he added. “The added weight capacity is significant for customers in the pattern engraving business, though flexographic print cylinders and sleeves don’t typically weigh that much. It’s also a reflection of the fact that these are both really robust and well-made machines. It's all part of our commitment to the industry.”
Since 1998, Rol-Tec has also produced custom rubber, silicone and cast urethane parts for a wide range of industrial customers throughout North America. Vertical integration of in-house precision mold design, mold production, compound compressing, machining and grinding has allowed Rol-Tec to be cost effective on both small and large volume orders. According to Umentum, the company routinely uses specially formulated compounds to meet highly demanding applications.
SPGPrints is a leading global provider of integrated solutions for printing textiles and labels for industrial markets, high-resolution direct laser engraving systems for flexo and offset printing on tubes, cups and cans, screens for printing textiles and labels, and computer-to-plate systems for flexo, letterpress, offset, screen-printing and pad-printing. SPGPrints boasts having over 1,600 employees at 16 worldwide locations.
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Rol-Tec, located in Green Bay, WI, began producing rubber covered rollers for the converting and printing industries since 1991. This service embraces core manufacturing, rubber formulating, roll covering, vulcanization and roll grinding/finishing. Rol-Tec uses the same expertise to cover and finish fiberglass base sleeves to produce cylinders used for flexo printing and for coating applications. Rol-Tec is the now only firm in Wisconsin with in-house laser engraving capabilities, and with that, that only single source in the U.S. that can provide cores, sleeves, rubber covering and precision laser engraving. Serving a wider range of industries, Rol-Tec economically manufactures custom rubber, silicone and cast urethane parts.