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FLEXO Magazine : October 2013
tecHNOLOGIES & tecHNIQUES the benefits of Printing sleeves Cheaper, More Versatile, Lighter Than Steel Cylinders By Sinesio Garduno Setup, makeready, changeover—whatever you call it, everyone knows that highly scrutinized periods when the press is not producing a sellable product. Hours, minutes, even seconds spent on setting up the press for its next job is wasted time. How does a printer improve on this? In short: Sleeves. Since their invention, setup times have decreased drastically—from hours to minutes. sLeeve beneFits Sleeves have revolutionized press changeovers. They are lightweight and very easy to maneuver, with little effort needed. In addition, sleeves have become so price competi- tive that the printer can now leave a job mounted for future printruns. This means saving money on mounting tape and needing less labor. This was impossible with steel cylinders, because of printing plates’ susceptibility to being crushed. The price and size of steel cylinders also would lead printers to buy only what was necessary. Converters had to have extra mounter proofers and plate- mounter personnel on hand because jobs had to be stripped and remounted every time. Moving a steel cylinder in and out of a platemounter proofer required either a second person or a hoist system. Along with being a potential safety issue, this SWITCHING TO SLEEVES • Decreases setup times from hours to minutes • Price competitive when compared to steel • Lightweight and can be handled by a single person • Takes up less storage space, allowing for a wider range of sizes in a smaller space • Easy to clean and maintain • Continuing to evolve and become more technologically advanced 100 FLeXo OCTOBER 2013 www.flexography.org Higher quality and greater efficiencies Innovative packaging solutions from Agfa Pitman help keep you running at top performance. Agfa Pitman represents world-class manufacturers including DuPont, EskoArtwork, 3M and Toray. Our broad portfolio, nationwide coverage, outstanding support and experienced, local technical packaging experts, will differentiate your company from the competition while growing your bottom line. • Integrate your systems and optimize production processes • Deliver higher quality, eye-catching packaging • Increase productivity and efficiency Produce more powerful packaging messages. That’s what you get from Agfa Pitman. Contact us at: 800-526-5441 x 857-2452 www.agfapitman.com Quality labels from the packaging experts When a sleeve is stored, whether a plate is still mounted or not, it is best to stand it on its end (vertically). Storing it horizontally, suspended by a pipe from the inside, can cause the sleeve to lose its round shape. 4th Annual Plate/ Platemaking/Sleeve Selection Guide