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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
contact area, thereby achieving tighter metering of the anilox surface for cleaner printing for longer periods. For example, a Swedish blade manufacturer offers more than 12 different blades to choose from – each developed to meet very particular pressroom conditions. Printers running these blades report they can be run even faster for longer periods and on multiple jobs with far less anilox damage. While they may cost more per inch, overall blade spending for this new performance class blade is often lower than when running a lower cost base technology material. Many press manufactur- ers include the new HD class of steel blades, including coated blades, with their new press start-up kit. n GREEN NOTE: Printers use fewer blades when running the new HD class of steel, thereby improving their sustainability footprint. About the Author: Paul Sharkey is the founder and president of FLXON INC. and has worked in the flexographic printing industry for more than 36 years. He and his team have a passion for driving waste out of the flexographic industry by enhancing process control and process improvement with an emphasis on sustainability. Coated steel, indicating low friction coating MicroKote 700 series 66 FLEXO june 2012 www.flexography.org