In the beginning of March 2017, Flint Group officially launched its patent pending, state-of-the-art rotec Eco Bridge for use in flexographic printing presses and on plate-mounting
equipment. The rotec Eco Bridge is an adapter with a breathable metal ring at the operator side which creates an air pillow to allow easy and fast mounting of sleeves.
Typical adapters have only four to eight air stream holes to help mount the sleeves. In comparison, the rotec Eco Bridge forms a ring of air across the entire circumference of the adapter. Another significant benefit of the rotec Eco Bridge is the reduced air volume requirement. A standard adapter normally needs about 720 l/min of compressed air at six bar of pressure to mount a sleeve; the rotec Eco Bridge can achieve the same results with only 50-70 l/min, and the required pressure can sometimes be reduced. A more than 90% reduction in air volume needed, this a significant cost savings and reduced air volume also reduces noise. A working rotec Eco Bridge produces decibel levels a little over normal room noise (< 60 dB) compared to a typical adapter set-up at ≥ 85 dB.
At a recent customer trial, Robert Adler, Flint Group director of sales for North America said, “I believe this will become a new standard of our industry.” Press operators benefit from using the rotec Eco Bridge for easier sleeve mounting, cost savings, and reduced noise.