Flexographic printers looking to build larger repeats have a lightweight, cost-effective option in bridge sleeves from MECA Solutions. Bridge sleeves, also known as bridge carriers or adapter sleeves, provide a number of benefits compared to the time and expense it takes to change entire print mandrels.
Bridge sleeves are designed to bridge the gap between the original mandrel and the next size sleeve. The print sleeve then slides on top of the bridge sleeve to create the desired printing repeat. The use of bridge sleeves gives printers the ability to use a much thinner, lighter, and less expensive print sleeve.
MECA is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance bridge sleeves. We specialize in carbon fiber construction, and our anilox rolls typically are designed to deliver protective coatings, laminations and adhesives.
Carbon fiber bridge sleeves hold tolerances at high speeds
The majority of bridge sleeves MECA produces feature carbon fiber construction because of its superior performance characteristics. Its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio allows printers to run at high speeds without putting undue stress on press motors, and the material holds tolerances for high-quality print imagery.
Carbon fiber bridge sleeves provide an attractive return on investment in part through their ability to run at high speeds. Printers can have confidence in the ability to hold tight tolerance levels, thereby creating more impressions with greater profit per minute of operation.
Some of our customers desire a somewhat more cost-effective option, and in these cases we offer a bridge sleeve that does not include carbon fiber windings embedded in the sleeve. These more disposable sleeves are close to the same quality as our premium bridge sleeves, including performance characteristics that are virtually their equal.
Find out how your operation can benefit from one of our custom bridge sleeves.
About MECA Solutions
MECA Solutions is North America’s premier manufacturer of high-precision cylindrical products for the printing and web handling industries. Included in MECA’s product offering are flexographic print sleeves, heat transfer rolls, carry rolls, mandrels, coating rolls and other specialty roller products. MECA utilizes a variety of materials such as steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and other substrates to manufacture its precision products for the industrial printing, coating and web converting industries.
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