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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
Plants & Processes Rounding Third, Heading For Home Manufacturing capacity for Itr Grows in north america By ray Bodwell Pressroom benefits of continuous print photopolymer sleeves have long been accepted as a “given” among flexographers in the global flexible packaging indus- try. With their near-perfect register and outstanding caliper uniformity, in-the-round print forms—often referred to as round or ITR—allow rapid job change, higher press speeds, and longer run-lengths, resulting in significant productivity improvement. In fact, many of the newest, high speed cantile- ver presses require a round print form to safely achieve their maximum rated speed. Not only are they a productivity aid, but the print quality resulting from continuous print photopolymer sleeves is also superb. Tone reproduction is smooth, linework and text ele- ments are crisp, and the superior registration that they are famous for is ideally suited to the requirements of extended gamut printing. PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTER • With near-perfect register and outstanding caliper uniformity, round print forms allow rapid job change, higher press speeds, and longer run-lengths • Tone reproduction is smooth • Linework and text elements are crisp • Sleeves will last for millions of impressions • Sleeve blanks are a make-to-order item produced for the specific printing repeat and press width required for a particular job • European and North American flexible packaging printers have already adopted or are considering round workflows 24 FLEXO feBruary 2013 www.flexography.org the DuPont cyrel® round manufacturing facility is located in towanda, Pa .