How to prevent slot damage?
Slot damage is a common problem in the industry. The pin on the mandrel can damage the edge of the printing sleeve if it hits the sleeve while positioning. This can lead to various problem like:
a. Sleeve Swelling: As the ink can easily enter the open/damaged core of the sleeve, slot damage can lead to sleeve swelling.
b. Poor print quality: Damaged slot doesn’t fix the sleeve on the mandrel, which could cause slipping and may affect the print quality.
c. Influences sleeve mountability: With a damaged slot, the operator needs more time to position the sleeve properly, leading to press downtime.
d. Decreased sleeve lifespan: Slot damage reduces the life of the sleeve.
e. Additional costs for replacing the sleeve: Additional costs have to be incurred for replacing the sleeves.