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FLEXO Magazine : October 2012
mounted, digitally engraved sleeves are aligned to each other during engraving (using notches) for perfect registration. This leads to considerable savings on labor, substrates, and ink when getting up to color. With fewer variables and a more uniform printing surface, press speeds can be increased beyond what is capable with flat plates. Short run and repeat jobs can be changed out quickly, and the increased durability of elastomer sleeves allow for longer printruns. Since there are fewer things that can go wrong with sleeves during the printing process, like undetected flat plate mounting issues, plate lift, cylinder bounce, lack of uniformity, etc.; ITR can help eliminate variables that lead to problems during printruns that cause press down time. While individual elastomer sleeves may be more expensive than plates, because of their increased productivity, combined with the elimination of redundant plates, elastomer sleeves will actually lead to an overall cost savings over flat plates. Quality improvements with sleeves over plates are the second reason that printers are switching to ITR. Digitally engraved elastomer sleeves have unparalleled registration. Because registration and uniformity problems with flat plates are amplified across the web, there has often been a signifi- cant amount of waste associated with flat plates. For instance, a printer worked with eight lanes of fine detail graphics printing on a 66-in. web, and was consistently forced to throw away 33 percent of the printed material because of registration issues. Switching the plant to elastomer engraved www.flexography.org october 2012 FLEXO 51 PROMOTIONAL PRESS SHEET • Produced on Kodak Flexcel Direct System • Prepress and Laser Engraving by Carey Color • Elastomer seamless sleeves • Process CMYK solvent inks • Press: Windmoeller & Hoelscher • Reverse print on clear poly laminated to white PET • Print Speed: 1600 fpm • Anilox: C1000, M1000, Y1000, K1000 • 120,133,150,175 line screen, 2400 dpi below surface engraved sleeve – side view.