GERMANY • With increasing demand in the printing industry for equipment that enables more frequent and faster job changes on press, Flint Group has officially launched the new rotec ULW Bridge to join its lightweight group of sleeves and adapters.
Flint claims that the rotec ULW Bridge is an ultra lightweight polyurethane adapter offering up to a 65% reduction in weight compared to similar products in the market – a significant weight decrease that can help improve safety and handling for press operators. Developed together with customers, this new generation adapter has been validated in applications on plate-mounting equipment and on presses running up to 450 m/min (1476,5 fpm) for the last one to two years.
The company assures that the new product is suitable for all press widths and offers particular benefits where higher wall thicknesses are most commonly used, such as in cantilevered mounter applications and unusually large print applications, including corrugated pre-print.
This ultra lightweight adapter is currently available with two different air supply systems – air sourced from the air cylinder (Unifit version) or from an external air source (Airo version). This new generation adapter is available with a wall thickness starting at 30 mm (1,2”) and face lengths up to 2000 mm (78,75”). Additionally, the rotec ULW Bridge can be custom-made with special features such as the rotec Eco Bridge technology with a breathable metal ring which creates an air pillow for easier and faster mounting, or the rotec Omega technology for conductivity properties.