Converting companies and other industries that benefit from high-speed operations look to MECA Solutions to provide the high-quality aluminum rollers they need to deliver maximum performance.
MECA Solutions, a leader in the design and manufacture of coater rolls, sleeves and other products for converting industry customers, produces aluminum rollers that adhere to exceptionally tight tolerances for a variety of applications. These rollers are favored by converters who value its weight-to-strength ratio advantages as well as an attractive price point.
“Prices for aluminum and steel vary depending on a variety of market factors, but generally speaking they are similar in cost,” says Tim Olson, sales manager at MECA. “Where aluminum provides a significant savings is compared to carbon fiber. If aluminum rollers are appropriate for the customer’s application, it makes sense to use that material in the manufacturing process.”
Aluminum rollers offer advantages over steel
The substrate used in the converting process often will dictate whether aluminum rollers are an appropriate fit. The metal’s lightweight characteristics create less stress on motors and other machine parts, coming in at about 2.5 times less dense than steel.
These typically display greater corrosion resistance than their steel counterparts, which can make a difference depending upon the environment. Aluminum rollers offer reasonable strength and wear characteristics, and can be anodized with a variety of coatings to provide additional performance enhancements.
“Our teams work with customers to determine which roller material and coatings are best for their specific application,” Olson explains. “Every material has its benefits, and aluminum rollers are one of the most universal tools for highly efficient converting operations.”
About MECA Solutions
MECA Solutions is an innovative engineering provider and manufacturer of flexographic printing sleeves, rubber rolls, custom rolls, tight tolerance machined components, gears, precision rollers, composite plate and bridge sleeves, aluminum and carbon fiber anilox sleeves, and mechanically engraved cylinders for the industrial printing, coating and web converting industries. The company employs more than 60 people at its facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin (USA).
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