MECA Solutions supplies custom mandrels for printing and converting
Flexographic printers and converting operators are leveraging custom mandrels from MECA Solutions in their efforts to maximize quality and return on investment. MECA Solutions, which also produces high-quality plate cylinders and other precision parts, works with printing and web converting customers to develop mandrels for a variety of applications.
MECA Solutions manufactures custom mandrels featuring a wide range of materials and journal configurations. The majority of mandrels are constructed of materials such as steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, along with additional customization features such as chrome or nickel plating, or air actuation.
“Mandrels are an important part of the operations for any type of printing or converting web line,” says Tim Olson, sales manager at MECA.“Custom mandrels can be designed as the foundation for an operation or as a stand-alone roll, and many of the mandrels we produce are air-actuated.”
Carbon fiber custom mandrels have become more affordable
MECA Solutions has long been known for its expertise in carbon fiber construction, and that specialty has become more in demand as the price of carbon fiber products has decreased over the years.
“Carbon fiber generates cost-effective advantages that are even greater today than in the past,” explains Olson. “Carbon fiber custom mandrels and rolls are viewed as a smart investment today rather than a luxury. A growing number of our customers believe carbon fiber options are at least worthy of a quote.”
Carbon fiber’s lightweight properties produce less stress on motors and other machine components, and can even play a role in worker safety. While they are easier to maneuver on the press, workers are also able to lift some smaller sizes of custom mandrels made of carbon fiber without using cranes or risking injury.
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).