ROTHTEC’s electroformed seamless nickel sleeves and nickel screens have many advantages over heavy mandrels in the flexographic and gravure printing processes, but they are used in many other ways as well. In offset printing, their lighter weight makes them cheaper to ship, more user friendly, reduces downtime in the printing process, and they are easier to store. But nickel sleeves and screens have a variety of other uses as well in coating, laminating, embossing, holographic packaging, and more. Our customers have tons of custom uses for them, some of which are so proprietary, they won’t even tell us! Each electroformed nickel sleeve or screen is created according to customer specifications, typically on mandrels that are the property of the customer, but stored at ROTHTEC and used to create their custom sleeves or screens as their orders are called off.
Once a sleeve is created ROTHTEC can flash the sleeves with copper to prepare them for engraving. Some of our customers coat them with rubber to use in offset printing. Others have us create holographic master shims that allow them to create beautiful eye-catching packaging. While we can create patterned sleeves and screens, some customers take our sleeves and laser cut them for their use. If you are wondering whether we might be able to make a custom nickel product for your business, contact us, chances are we can. If it is made out of nickel, chances are, we can make it (with a few minor exceptions, like jewelry).
More detailed information is available on these pages for each of these ROTHTEC nickel sleeve or nickel screen products:
- Air Embossing Sleeves
- Flexographic Sleeves
- Gravure Sleeves
- Nickel Shims
- Laminating Screens and Coating Screens
Nickel Sleeve Specifications
Like ROTHTEC’s other electroformed products, our seamless nickel sleeves and screens are available in:
- Lengths of: 153 mm to 3500 mm
- Diameters of: 438 mm to 1436 mm, and soon to be 2075 mm
- Thicknesses of: 76 microns to 558 microns, soon to be 660 microns
Filter cylindrical and flat mesh filters
These products are all custom-built to customer specifications. For information about the finest hole size, open areas, tensile strength and media suitability, please contact us separately.
Sieve rotary screens and sieves
These products are all custom-built to customer specifications. We would be happy to work with you to design and manufacture something that meets your needs.