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Plate cylinders provide the basis for high-quality flexo printing

MECA Solutions provides flexo printers with consistent plate cylinders

The flexographic printing process requires precise connections between the various aspects of the press, starting with plate cylinders that serve as the foundation for image reproduction. MECA Solutions produces high-quality plate cylinders in its role as a premier manufacturer of custom bridge sleeves, rolls and precision parts for printing and other web converting industries.

Plate cylinders are crucial to the flexographic printing process as the base component for consistent web performance. Plates attached to the plate cylinders transfer inked images directly to the substrate.

“We manufacture different configurations of flexo plate cylinders to meet a variety of customer needs,” explains Tim Olson, sales manager at MECA. “The bottom line is these must meet tight tolerances in order to produce the consistently high-quality printing our customers expect.”

Types of flexo plate cylinders

MECA Solutions offers different configurations of flexo plate cylinders, each of which can be swapped out for cylinders of varying diameters depending on the application. The attached plate is inked by an anilox roller and transfers images directly to a substrate passing between the plate cylinder and the impression cylinder.

  • Integral plate cylinder –Every part of the cylinder, including shafts, body and end caps, are contained in a single unit.
  • Demountable plate cylinder –Manufactured without pre-attached shafts, this type of plate cylinder can be mounted onto an existing shaft.
  • Sleeve –The plate is mounted to a removable cylinder sleeve and slid onto the main plate cylinder. Air pressure expands the sleeves to allow for easy mounting and removal.

MECA Solutions manufactures impression cylinders, anilox rollers and plate cylinders to ensure uniform speeds and high-quality print outputs.

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).

For more information about MECA Solutions’ design and manufacturing capabilities, contact Tim Olson, sales manager; Phone 920-336-7382, email: [email protected]or visit

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