Harper To Hold Sleeve Seminar

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Building on the momentum triggered last year with a new educational seminar about anilox sleeves, the team at Harper GraphicSolutions™ has organized a 2009 Sleeve Seminar that will take place on Thursday, April 16 at Harper Corporation’s headquarters in Charlotte. The session is free of charge for all participants, and companies are encouraged to send as many representatives as they would like.

The technical service professionals of Harper Corporation will review basic sleeve construction, and how it differs from that of conventional journaled anilox rollers. They will go on to cover the specifics of proper sleeve handling, storage and cleaning, and review photos of damaged and destroyed sleeves, with a focus on how to avoid such damage. Because sleeves are easily mounted and changed, the impact of cumulative total indicator readings (TIR) between the press mandrel and anilox sleeve will be explained and demonstrated. The re-engravability differences between rolls and sleeves also will be examined in detail.

According to Harper Technical Account Manager Alan Rogers, “There’s a need for training on anilox sleeves because the care and maintenance of sleeved rolls is much different from journaled anilox rollers. The majority of new wide-web presses and a growing number of narrow and mid-web presses installed today are sleeved presses, so if customers are going to get the best return on their investments, it’s critical that they are fully informed about sleeve construction and care.”

After a complimentary lunch, the audience will receive a tour of Harper Corporation’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, where participants can see how anilox sleeves are handled and laser-engraved. They will also tour the Harper GraphicSolutions laboratory, where Echocheks™ are analyzed and all roll audits are prepared. The lab has interferometer measurement capability, as well has microscopic photography and doctor blade angle measuring equipment. The day will wrap up with an expanded question-and-answer session to address customers’ specific problems.

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