Lighter Weight, Superior Performance Are Key Carbon Fiber Attributes
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – MECA & Technology Machine Inc. is meeting the growing demand for carbon fiber rolls as the material’s superior performance characteristics attract press operators throughout North America.
“Carbon fiber weighs significantly less than steel, which creates less inertia and makes it possible for machines to stop much faster,” said Mick Karchinski, Vice President of Sales. “More importantly, carbon fiber rolls feature superior vibration absorption properties and require less maintenance.”
MECA & Technology Machine, one of the leading manufacturers of carbon fiber rolls in the United States, delivered what is believed to be the largest carbon fiber anilox sleeve in the world to a customer in 2014.
Better Return on Investment
Raw material costs for carbon fiber rolls have decreased over the past several years, making the investment more fiscally beneficial than in the past. In addition, press operators generally experience reduced maintenance costs while having the ability to use smaller drive motors.
Carbon fiber rolls are able to withstand the exceptional stresses generated by running at tight tolerances and high speeds. The material offers maximum stiffness and produces optimal performance.
“The fact that carbon fiber rolls offer the strength of steel with only about 25 percent of the weight is especially important when dealing with large-size bridge and anilox sleeves,” Karchinski said. “Weight can be a limiting factor, and the lightweight properties of carbon fiber open up a wider range of size options.”
About MECA & Technology Machine
MECA & Technology Machine Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and engineering provider of tight-tolerance machined components, such as carbon fiber, steel, stainless steel and aluminum cylinders, gears, composite flexographic plate and bridge sleeves, aluminum and carbon fiber anilox sleeves, and mechanically engraved rolls for the industrial, flexographic, coating and converting industries. The company employs over 50 people at its facilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin.