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Carbon Fiber Sleeves Elevate High-Speed Print Quality

MECA & Technology Machine Engineers High-Performance Carbon Fiber Sleeves

Carbon fiber sleeves from MECAGREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Flexographic printers increasingly are viewing carbon fiber sleeves as must-have components in their quest to retain quality while boosting productivity. MECA & Technology Machine, Inc., is an industry leader in the production of carbon fiber sleeves designed to maximize the capabilities of today’s high-speed presses.

Light-weight carbon fiber sleeves offer the advantage of maintaining their stiffness at the point of impression as well as reducing about 25% of the weight. The lighter weights also are easier on power sources, giving operators the option of using smaller drive motors without sacrificing productivity.

MECA & Technology Machine engineers its carbon fiber sleeves for faster changeovers and minimal downtime. The sleeves provide a cost-effective option to storing mounted cylinders.

“Carbon fiber sleeves feature enhanced vibration absorption properties that are essential when running at high press speeds,” said Mick Karchinski, Vice President of Sales. “Now that this material has become more affordable, many printers are opting for carbon fiber’s attractive return on investment, especially when paired with the ability to run at faster speeds.”

MECA’s plate sleeves used in conjunction with MECA’s Carbon Fiber Bridge Sleeves deliver the high standards that printers are accustomed to. MECA guarantees a best in the industry TIR of +/- .00075” and OD of +/-.00075”.

Also manufactured using carbon fiber, the company’s Variable Speed Offset Printing (VSOP) sleeves maintain dimensional stability under heat, humidity and pressure changes. MECA & Technology Machine is the only sleeve manufacturer in North America certified to offer VSOP plate and blanket sleeves.

About MECA & Technology Machine

MECA & Technology Machine Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and engineering provider of tight-tolerance machined components, such as carbon fiber, steel, stainless steel and aluminum cylinders, gears, composite flexographic plate and sleeves, aluminum and carbon fiber anilox sleeves, and mechanically engraved rolls for the industrial, flexographic, coating and converting industries. The company employs more than 50 people at its facilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

For more information about MECA & Technology Machine’s custom replacement gear manufacturing capabilities, call Mick Karchinski, Vice President of Sales, at (920) 336-7382, or visit