Harper Corporation, a manufacturer of laser engraved anilox rolls, has announced that its Platinum XLT (Xtreme Laser Technology) anilox and coating roll manufacturing system is now in operation at all four of its manufacturing facilities: Charlotte, NC, and DePere, WI in the USA; Herford, Germany; and Bangkok, Thailand.
The Platinum XLT anilox rolls are now available to customers worldwide. “The XLT system is the most important innovation in anilox roll technology in two decades,” says Margaret Harper Kluttz, executive vice president of Harper Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte.
The engraving system harnesses the power of digital transfer technology, says Kluttz. “The result is significantly enhanced consistency on the surface of the roll, producing precisely controlled, transferable and repeatable ink and coating films at the micron level.”
The company is issuing a guarantee in writing that customers will be 100 percent satisfied with the new rolls’ print quality. According to Pete Hartman, Harper vice president of sales, “Customers are guaranteed consistency from roll to roll, every time. In practical terms, if a customer has an XLT anilox specified with several — or even hundreds — of jobs, and it gets damaged or worn, we can replace it with guaranteed print color reproduction. This will save many hours in downtime and wasted substrate.”
Harper has invested US$5.3 million in the development and installation of its XLT laser technology. According to CEO Ron Harper, the technology has paved the way for a new product, known as XVR, which he says is indicating strong promise in the marketplace for combination printing.
Once all Harper customers have transferred to XLT technology, both the Echocel and the original Platinum products will be retired.