0610 Smart Gps

First qualified supplier - rotec® Sleeves for 'smartGPS'

Now it is official - Flint Group Flexographic Products is the first sleeve supplier to be qualified to manufacture sleeves for the 'smartGPS' system from Fischer & Krecke (F&K), Bielefeld/Germany. Flint Group Flexographic Products can rely on many years of experience with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology - for more than 10 years rotec® sleeves have been available with this technology.

As all rotec® sleeves for the 'smartGPS' system are equipped with a RFID - Chip and a register sensor, relevant data like the actual print diameter, the actual job design as well as the used materials can be recorded and stored already during plate mounting. The data is then recalled in the printing unit, where the printing sleeves are moved fully automatically into the exact register and impression setting. As the traditional press proof is no longer required, material usage and set-up times are significantly reduced with extremely high register.

The challenge for the sleeve production is to insert the sensor very precisely within tight tolerances. Extensive tests at F&K with rotec® Blue Light Sleeves demonstrate that they are even below the specified tolerances. As the sensor and the chip are inserted during the sleeve production process, both are located with exact positioning and protected from being damaged. The modification of the sleeve has no effect on the print result and the complete surface can be utilised for plate mounting.

rotec® Sleeves with 'smartGPS' are obtainable in wall thicknesses up to 100 mm, in all lengths up to 4000 mm and with a guaranteed diameter tolerance of 0.02 mm (measured on carrier cylinder at TIR < 0.005 mm). They are optionally available in a conductive version with the proven rotec® Omega-Surface Technology and with a stainless steel register ring.

17 February 2009

For more information, contact

Flint Group
Inken Steinhauser
T +49 2561 9826 719

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