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FLEXO Magazine : October 2012
Technologies & Techniques New World of In-the-Round laser-engraved sleeves offer quality Control Advantages By nathan smith, with gary Moravcik, edward stolzman and Adam smrdel Just as explorers came to North America hundreds of years ago and discovered a new continent, unparal- leled advances in digital engraving and elastomer sleeve-making have arrived in the New World. With these advances, a case for a 100 percent in-the-round (ITR) elastomer workflow can now be made. Driven by unprec- edented efficiency, consistency, quality, and speed, identified and acted upon years earlier in Europe; a new age of expan- sion and innovation in the world of flexography has begun. EFFICIENCY DRIVES DEMAND Flat plates have traditionally dominated the North Ameri- can flexography market. Even in the last several years, the limited amount of cantilevered presses, the long lead time for sleeves, and the perceived high cost have limited adoption. But printers are now demanding ITR technology for several reasons. The most immediate—efficiency. ITR sleeves require no plate mounting stations, mounting material or labor. This allows for quicker makeready. When WHY ROUND vs. FLAT: PREssROOM PRODUCTIvITY • No plate mounting stations • Less material and labor • Perfect registration • Quicker makeready • “Up to color” quicker—considerable labor, substrate, and ink savings • Easier to repeat jobs • Longevity and durability on long runs • Fewer variables = fewer problems • Quality • Increased press speeds WHY ELAsTOMER vs. POLYMER • Durability = savings • Consistency • Customizability • Quality control in imaging and manufacturing • Supply chain and re-use • Cost • Production speed—from manufacturing, to imaging, to printing The actual elastomer sleeve used in production of Carey Color’s print promo sheet. 50 FLeXO oCToBer 2012 www.flexography.org 3rd Annual Plate/ Platemaking/Sleeve Selection Guide