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Flint Announces New-Generation Sleeves

ARDEN, NC | Flint Group introduces two new-generation sleeves: the rotec Smart Sleeve and the rotec High Performance Sleeve. The sleeves now feature new easy-mount technology incorporated into the base to increase the ease and speed of mounting sleeves on press. This enhancement is said to improve productivity and make job changes on press faster and smoother. 

Company says the intermediate layer of the sleeves utilizes the newest in advanced polyurethane materials to allow for up to a 25% weight reduction and provides easier and safer handling of sleeves. The High Performance Sleeve has an additional barrier layer that provides superior dimensional stability. Both sleeves employ the same polyurethane outer layer proven in the rotec Blue Light Sleeve, which reportedly exhibits excellent scratch and solvent resistance for a long-lasting, value-added product.

According to Flint, 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. Company says the new rotec Smart Sleeve and rotec High Performance Sleeve were developed with these challenges in mind.

Bob Adler, sales director for the rotec brand in North America, says, “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. 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.”

Flint will show the new sleeves at INFO*FLEX, May 7–8, held as part of the FTA Forum, in Indianapolis, IN.

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