A key subject of the event was the new rotec Lightweight Sleeve, which was exclusively presented to the conference members even before it was launched to the market. This new generation of hard-coated sleeve for conventional plate mounting with adhesive tapes offers weight savings up to 40% compared to standard sleeves, and meets a range of customers’ requirements in the mid to wide web and pre-print sector. Now, maximum weight limits in the pressroom, shorter and easier press setups, or missing adapter configurations can easily be managed.
Additionally, the rotec Lightweight Sleeve features an entire sleeve edge that is sealed with an aluminum plate, which protects the sleeve from exposure to cleaning liquids, inks or solvents and prevents unnatural diameter growth of the sleeve. The new sleeves are available in rotec Omega Surface Technology for use of solvent based inks, as well as with other well-known features like the rotec Stainless Steel Register Ring.
Participants also learned about the nyloflex FTF Digital plate. This plate was introduced into the market in the summer of 2015 and provides the Easy Way to Flat Top Dots. According to the company, the plate offers significant complexity reduction and efficiency gain for the reproduction of Flat Top Dots, as it can be processed like any standard digital plate – no changes, additional equipment, processes or consumables are needed. Furthermore, a special surface texture eliminates the need for time consuming surface screening. The plate also offers reliable quality and consistency.
The conference program concluded with lectures around the subjects of cleansing and SAS smart anilox systems given by Flexo Wash and Sandon Global, as well as an exchange of participants’ experiences. Flint Group will also continue with further customer events in 2016.