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Less flex to achieve a cleaner wipe.

Rotogravure Doctor Blades

FLXON is the exclusive distributor of SWED/CUT® performance doctor blades in North America which include a variety of doctor blade materials ranging from economical reliability to high performance options all designed to boost your pressroom’s performance. SWED/CUT® rotogravure doctor blades are manufactured with high quality carbon, stainless, and coated steels known for their micro-refined structures. This allows for slow, even edge wear that are a higher strength which reduce friction and exhibit less flex to achieve a cleaner wipe. 

Eliminate Print Defects
Protect Anilox Investment
Boost Corrosion Resistance
Extended Doctor Blade Life
Diminish Damaging Debris
Eliminate Mid-run Press Stops
Fewer Customer Complaints
Reduce Anilox Wear
No Break-in Time

SWED/CUT® Performance Class Doctor Blades

SWED/CUT® Improvement Class Doctor Blades

SWED/CUT® Reliability Class Doctor Blades

Recommendations

We always begin our relationships with printers by learning what improvement opportunities exist within your pressroom. By working together our knowledgeable team will help you determine the best course of action to eliminate print defects, reduce downtime, increase speeds, slow cylinder wear and lower cost-of-goods sold to achieve a higher gross margin.

Haze

To combat against haze, we typically recommend the Microkote® G 0.08” blade with a lamella tip profile.

Streaks

For applications where streaking is a problem, we recommend the super-refined filtering capability of our G2 Qube® ink filter. It is a proven workhorse that will reduce and eliminate even the smallest damaging debris and known to give years of service.

Cylinder Wear

All of our SWED/CUT® doctor blades are highly beneficial in eliminating wear and damage to cylinders, especially Microkote® G. This particular high-density carbon steel material features a micro-refined coating that lowers blade-to-cylinder friction. 

Steel vs. Plastic Doctor Blades

Fine Tip

The benefit steel has over all forms of plastic doctor blades is it’s rigidity relative to thinness. Steel allows for a very fine tip of less than .003” to meter ink while still resisting flex. If a blade is flexing then it stops metering tightly and increases wear.

Wear

High performance grades of steel like SWED/CUT® have the ability to wear slowly and evenly so that the tip remains consistent and smooth, providing optimal metering. Plastic blades tend to wear quicker and newer generations of plastic blades have brittle tips that break and wear unevenly.

Consistent Clean Metering

The two above issues play into a steel blade’s ability to consistently meter ink thus reducing print defects associated with dot gain and excessive ink transferring from the anilox to the plate.

FLEXO Rotogravure Pressroom Solutions

FLXON provides innovative products and services with our line of G2 ProProducts® tailored to meet the needs of your specific Rotogravure print and coating applications. We use a consultative approach to help printers – with an emphasis on print efficiency through advanced technology, focused engagement, concentration on quality and sustainability, and being a trusted advisor to North American printers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

G2 ProPump®

Dual-head persitaltic ink pump for flexo narrow web, flexo wide web, rotogravure, corrugated, and coating printing applications with a reputation for accuracy, reliability, and simplicity - achieves an easy ROI.

  • No more pump rebuilds
  • Quiet operation
  • Consumes less air volume compared to diaphragm pumps
  • Only wear occurs with tubing
  • Job change time reduces to minutes
  • Lowers pressure in chambers
  • Reduces ink foaming

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G2 Qube® Ink Filter

Most effective on-press filter system on the market featuring high quality innovative design and performance.

  • 6x the filter surface than others
  • Eliminates fine damaging debris
  • Expedites and simplifies bag changes
  • Extends life of blades and end seals
  • Can filter debris down to 50μ
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G2 Sure 60° RotoPro® Blade Holder

Expertly engineered to achieve the desired optimal 60-65° blade-to-cylinder contact.

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Quick, easy blade changes
  • Even, flat, and parallel blade setup
  • Compatible with range of OEMS
  • Custom design sizes available
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SAFETY + FIRST® Doctor Blade Gloves

Designed specifically for press operators to safely handle doctor blades in flexographic and rotogravure pressrooms.

  • Protects hands from harsh solvents
  • ANSI L3 rated cut resistance
  • 13 Gauge Dura-weave Fabric
  • Blue Nitrile chemical resistant coating
  • Black textured Nitrile for improved grip

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