A product development engineer, Donato is well aware of the groundbreaking technology that the ceramic coated laser engraved cylinders represent. Held on Wednesday, September 19, the Lion's Den segment of the conference provided speakers with the opportunity to convince three gravure experts that their product is innovative. Donato and other participants were granted 10 minutes each to present their chosen product, after which the floor was opened to a question and answer session.
During the segment, Donato explained the benefits of ceramic cylinders over traditional copper-chrome models while showcasing the popular LaserKote totem pole, which features a high degree of detail and multiple geometries. He also spoke to the merits of Harper's XDI imaged cylinders used for long-running one and two color product gravure jobs and cold-seal applications. Ceramic has a life expectancy that is 10 times greater than the more conventional cylinders. Additionally, the life of the engraving is increased and the ceramic cylinder can undergo reverse metering without damage from the doctor blade. Furthermore, the ceramic material better withstands being inside the press for extended periods of time due to its porosity of less than 0.5 percent.
After completing the presentation and question and answer session, Donato accompanied the conference to Harper's table top, where a QDM with a direct gravure, off-set gravure, and flexo ink proofer were on display to demonstrate their interchangeability with the Phantom QD motorized table.