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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
C M Y CM MY CY CMY K The diagrams in Image 1 compare the contact areas of traditional plastic, steel and next generation polymer blades. As shown, the contact area of a worn traditional plastic blade grows to 0.060 -in. (1.52-mm.) compared to a contact area of 0.016-in. (0.40- mm.) for a worn steel blade. The next generation polymer maintains a contact area of 0.012-in. (0.305-mm.), equal to or smaller than that of most steel blades, throughout the life of the blade due to the edge design. The engineered tip wears slowly and evenly and delivers con- sistent ink film thickness for the duration of the print job. Image 1: Contact areas of blades made from traditional plastic, steel and next generation polymer. The next generation polymer keeps a contact area of 0.012-in. (0.305-mm .), equal to or smaller than that of most steel blades, throughout its life. JUNE 2014 | FLEXO 81