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FLEXO Magazine : October 2012
* Elastomer Sleeves last 2-4 times longer than Polymer Plates or Sleeves * True laser ablated sleeves utilize below surface engraving technology, thus controlling press gain. * Reduce traps to .003 consistently * Faster registration * Short set up time * Faster press speeds (2000 fpm+) * No more plate mounting, plate lift, press bounce or plate swelling * Reach color density faster with improved print contrast * Dramatically reduce non-revenue downtime on change overs * Hold perfect registration across the entire width of the sheet * Substrate savings and press optimization reached! It was a small group of innovative thinkers that proved the Earth wasn’t flat either... ROUND Elastomer Sleeves can be your future! For more information about: Kodak Flexcel Direct Laser Engraved Sleeves Call Carey Color Inc. at 800-555-3142. Or visit us at www.careyweb.com Left to right: Dr. Douglas J. Edwards, president, digital packaging & functional printing, Kodak; and Gary Moravcik, president and CEO, Carey Color Incorporated. www.careyweb.com are bringing the inherent advantages of elastomers to the attention of printers. Elastomer sleeves are thicker and more durable and can print two-to-four times longer than polymer sleeves. This eliminates the need to buy multiple plates or polymer sleeves for long runs and repeated abusive short runs that require many cleanings and press cylin- der mountings. This leads to cost saving in the long run, and cost predictability. A typical comment from printers who have switched from polymer to elasto- mer sleeves is, “Elastomer usually costs less than polymer, and we’re only buy- ing one set instead of two. So, the sav- ings are great, and our print results are more consistent.” Further cost savings are realized because elastomer sleeves eliminate the need to purchase expen- sive cushion adaptors and replace them in the future. Sleeve durability does not just come from elastomer’s increased ability to stand up to press pressures, corrosive inks and cleaning solutions, but also from the way they are imaged. Digital control of the halftone shoulders contrib- utes to dot stability and reduces break- off, which adds durability and consis- tency. Below surface engraving also produces a more consistent product by reducing highlight press gain, even if a job is slightly over squeezed from press- to-press and operator-to-operator. We’ve been told by many print cus- tomers, “Our pressmen love sleeves.” They love elastomer sleeves even more because below surface engraving reduces the risk of printing shoulders and the risk of inconsistent dot gains. Control of the shoulders allows for razor sharp text, even at one and two point and the ability to print smaller reverse text without filling in. www.flexography.org october 2012 FLEXO 53