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COMPANY NEWS Inside this issue:
Felice Rossini Elected President of Acimga.
Felice Rossini is the new president of ACIMGA (Italian Manufacturers Association of Machinery
for the Graphic, Converting and Paper Industry), the association announced recently. He re- Company News
places Ugo Barzanò, and will hold the office for a two-year period, 2009-2010. Contacts
Mr Rossini is also president of Rossini Spa. Under the leadership of Felice Rossini the family
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company grew steadily and established itself on the international market. Today Rossini Spa
is a world leading company for the production of rubber rollers and sleeves for rotogravure The Carrier Collection
printing and flexogravure for the packaging industry. The company has several production High Modulas Carriers
plants both in Italy (Rescaldina, Milan and L’Aquila) and abroad (Atlanta, GA; Hudson, OH;
And The New Rossini
Barcelona, Spain; and Sao Paulo, Brazil). In addition it has sales offices in China, France,
England and Germany. Carbobridge Carrier
The choice of Felice Rossini as president was strongly supported by member companies. The
report presented by the Committee for Electoral Appointment, which was in charge of consult- Pages 4,5,6,7,8 & 9
ing member companies and gathering their preferences for the new president, clearly shows
an urgent request for a strong figure able to lead the Association through the current eco- The Sleeve Selection
nomic crisis. Starcoat
Everglass Label Sleeve
ERA PACKAGING GRAVURE INNOVATION AWARD 2009. ESA White & Speedwell
ROSSINI ESA WHITE SLEEVE. Pages 10,11 & 12
PROUD RECIPIENT OF THE AWARD IN ST PETERSBURG NOVEMBER 2009. Sleeve Storage
“THE WORLD’S ONLY ATEX CERTIFIED PRINTING SLEEVE”
Pages 13,14 & 15
The World’s first and only ESA White Rossini is a white sleeve for rotogravure printing with
Leonardo & V.S.O.P.
electrostatic assist, specifically designed and built to eliminate the ionising (corona) effect. Its
electrical semiconducting levels permit its use with ACE, Eltex, Enulec, and Spengler top- Page 16
loading systems, and printing on any support, including metalized polyester. The coating has
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obtained certification ATEX II 2G IIA T4 for Zone 1 use (classified regulation for printing
presses). Available hardness: from 70 to 85 Shore A.
Head Office Details:
ROSSINI UK LTD 2009 selected packages. *************************************
Rossini UK Ltd.
Brayford Plastics Ltd - Starcoat Sleeves & High Modulas Carriers
Ellen Brimble ( M.D.)
Amcor Ledbury - High Modulas Carriers (F&K 16s) Breach House
Paragon Flexibles Ltd - Everstat Sleeves, Standard Carriers & Sleeve Storage System
Bristol BS39 5QR
Bischof & Klein UK Ltd - Everstat Sleeves & High Modulas Carriers Tel./Fax 01761 453883
Olympus Labels - Everglass Labels Sleeves (Nilpeter FA-4) firstname.lastname@example.org
Benkert UK Ltd - Gravure Speedwell ESA & CarboSleeves
Sales Manager UK & Ireland
Ultimate Packaging - Everstat & High Modulas Carriers 44 (0) 7966 844390
Learoyd Packaging Ltd - Starcoat Sleeves, High Modulas Carriers & Sleeve Storage Systems
Carrier Sleeve Patent n. 1275901
Rossini Carrier Sleeves are specially designed and engineered to provide extremely tight tolerances.
Carbon fibre is utilized to obtain the required tensile strengths, diameter and TIR tolerances.
Carrier sleeves are adapters that when used reduce sleeve thickness (maximum 25mm recommended) and price whilst improving print quality.
Thin (A), Evergreen, Everglass, Photoflex, Thermopolymer, Everstat & Starcoat sleeves can be mounted on all Carrier styles.
Utilizes a single mandrel air source for mounting both Carrier and plate sleeve.
Uses a secondary air source for mounting plate sleeves via an internal piping system. Used on presses with independent air supply system.
High Modulus Carrier
Engineered to dampen and reduce print-deck vibration on wide-web, high speed presses.
Custom-made Carriers can be produced to the specifications of all OEM press manufacturers.
2009 saw us undertake extensive compara-
tive press trials with prospective new flexo
customer here in the UK. Our High Modulas
carriers & Starcoat sleeves were rigorously
tested in the customer’s three presses. (2
different press manufacturers) Our product’s
performance was to be judged against those
of two of our competitors.
The data gathered from these on press trials
resulted in a substantial reinvestment by
this customer in a range of Rossini products.
This procedure and experience demon-
strated perfectly to all concerned the benefit
of informed decision making based on de-
finitive in-house testing and how it can
unlock the missing capacity potential in your
everyday print production, quality and per-
NEW Carbobridge carrier Patent pending
High Modulus Carbon-Fibre bridge sleeve without a core compressible layer that provides the ability to print at the highest quality at over 700 m/min.
Engineered and proven to dampen harmonic resonance and reduce dynamic print-deck vibration.
The bridge is air-mounted, resulting in significantly easier on-press use by the operator – improved safety with less potential for injury.
Available CarboBridge Types:
Utilizes a single mandrel air source for mounting both bridge and plate sleeve. The most common style for current press designs.
Utilises a secondary air source for mounting plate sleeves via an internal air construction system.
Used on presses with independent rear air supply system as well as mounter / proofers.
CarboBridge carriers can be produced to the specifications of any OEM press manufacturer.
Our New Carbobridge Carrier was
recently trialled at one of the German
sites of a leading worldwide packaging
group. The trial was conducted by the
customer using Rossini plate mounting
sleeves in conjunction with Carbobridge
technology. The fact that this New car-
rier design and construction does away
with the compressible expansion layer
between the inner sleeve and carrier
body means that you are assured the
quality, consistency and performance
equal to that given by mechanical or
This high speed evaluation was both
positive and conclusive and has resulted
in orders to equip this site with the
New Carbobridge Carriers & Starcoat
Sleeves. (see page 4)
We are subsequently discussing similar
trials in other sites globally throughout
Quality control of Carrier sleeves – illustrating tube deflection test and laser measurement
of finished diameter.
A superior sleeve, created to provide total dimensional stability
The conductive surface is applied to a fibreglass reinforced layer. This dual construction ensures very high mechanical strength and constant dimen-
sional tolerance over time.
The perfect choice for Smart GPS Technology.
Highly resistant to solvents.
Recommended for 4-colour printing and for extremely subtle highlights and vignettes.
This sleeve, with 3-year warranty, prints multiple images. It is made of conductive materials conforming to work safety standards issued by the
“PTB” (Physikalische Technische
Bundesanstalt – Germany) for flexographic presses.
CLICK CLACK PROTECTION RING
Walk into any flexo print department
that uses sleeves and you will see
examples of inner sleeve & side wall
pin damage as well as missing &
worn register slots. Our customers
have large amounts of capital tied up
in their sleeve assets. Therefore we
thought it important to offer im-
proved protection to the higher cost
thicker walled sleeves within their
inventory. This innovation coupled
with the fact that the polyurethane
ring can be changed in house in sec-
onds. The Rossini Click Clack Ring
protects your sleeves and your asset
for the future.
The following Starcoat tolerance data refers to an air mandrel with a max. T.I.R. of 0.005 mm:
Max. T.I.R. 0,02mm
Max. diameter change over 3 years 0,02 mm
(working temperature 18 ÷ 40 °C)
Static dispersion < 1 Mega Ohm
Total encapsulation – no absorption of solvent or moisture
Patent pending quick-change protection ring with register slot
Not affected by humidity
Hardness - 75 Shore D
The Rossini ThermoPolymerSleeve® is a continuous digital engraved sleeve.
It mounts like a standard plate mounting sleeve on existing press mandrel or carrier. (no need for expensive special ITR adaptors.)
Precise registration colour to colour and better fit of tight registration designs and grips
Reduction of press makeready time
Elimination of the plate seam
Faster printing speed
Cell pattern ThermoPolymerSleeve® for ultimate in coating excellence
Consistent printing quality and very repeatable printing results
Maximum Sleeve length 4.500 mm
Maximum repeat printing 1.600 mm
Much more even and regular printing pressure
No cost of adhesive compressible tape
No need for traditional plate mounting machines
No time delays for the plate mounting and dismounting
Sleeves are always ready for printing
No dot distortion coming normally from the exposure of flat plates
The laser allows to engrave variable shoulder angles for greater support and reduced dot gain
Very good solvent resistance
Very good mechanical resistance (lasts on average 2.5 to 3 times longer than photopolymer)
Two different options for the ThermoPolymer® sleeves are available:
Recommended for screen jobs with high quality results
Faster press speeds with less vibration
Thickness for ThermoPolymerSleeve® Max/Flex:
from 6,00 mm up to 19,00 mm which means 8 repeat printing in steps of 10 mm on the same mandrel or Carrier.
Recommended for line work, flood coats, pattern varnish & heavy solids
Thickness for ThermoPolymerSleeve® Standard:
from 4,00 mm up to 25,00 mm which means 13 repeat printing in steps of 10 mm on the same mandrel or Carrier.
Rossini Everglass Label Sleeves
To print labels on narrow web presses, it is essential to work with plate mounting sleeves that offer very tight tolerances for eccentricity and diameter, and
that these do not change over time, as any tolerance variation would inevitably lead to problems in repeat printing and in-line die cutting.
Rossini Everglass is the top-of-the-range sleeve thanks to its stability and tolerance consistency. Its fibreglass surface provides extremely high mechanical
strength and perfect adhesion to the printing plate. 100% resistant to all types of solvent. Recommended for 4-colour printing and for extremely subtle sub-
jects. This sleeve permits printing with multiple images with 60 lines per cm.
Example of diameter change over time
(working temperature 18° C - 40° C)
NEW SLEEVE + 0,010 mm
SLEEVE AFTER 5.000 PRINT HOURS + 0,025 mm
SLEEVE AFTER 10.000 PRINT HOURS + 0,025 mm
ESA Sleeves & Coverings
A dedicated line of ESA (Electrostatic Assist) sleeves and coatings for printing on rotogravure packaging and publication presses.
NEW ESA White Anti-explosion sleeve
THE WORLD’S ONLY ATEX CERTIFIED PRINTING SLEEVE
The World’s first and only, Rossini ESA White is a white sleeve for rotogravure printing with electrostatic assist, specifically designed and built
to eliminate the ionising effect. Its electrical semiconducting levels permit its use with ACE, Eltex, Enulec, and Spengler top-loading systems,
and printing on any support, including metalized polyester. The coating has obtained certification ATEX II 2G IIA T4
for Zone 1 use (classified regulation for printing presses).
Available hardness: from 70 to 85 Shore A.
ESA Rubber / HT
Sleeve for printing with a Top-Loading electrostatic assist system with volumetric resistance, surface resistance, and insulation values
specified by Ace, Eltex, Enulec, Spengler. Hardness: from 70 to 90 Shore A.
ESA Rubber / HS
Sleeve for publication presses with Side-Loading electrostatic assist system with volumetric resistance, surface resistance, and insula-
tion values specified by Ace, Eltex, Enulec, Spengler. Hardness: from 70 to 90 Shore A.
ESA Rubber / HD
Sleeve for printing with a Direct-Charge electrostatic assist system with volumetric resistance and surface resistance values as speci-
fied by Ace, Eltex, Enulec, Hurletron, RotaDyne. Hardness: from 70 to 90 Shore A.
Sleeve for printing artificial wood and thin board with Direct-Charge or Top-Loading electrostatic assist systems. Volumetric resis-
tance, surface resistance, and insulation values specified by Ace, Eltex, Enulec, Spengler. Hardness: from 80 to 95 Shore A.
A wide range of fibreglass and fibreglass/carbon sleeves with specific coatings for every rotogravure publication and flexible packaging application.
Specifically formulated for applying dual-component solventless adhesives and for hot melt applications. Hardness: from 70 to 90 Shore A. Maximum
working temperature of 160°C.
Neopress C Stat
Printing impression roller for water-based inks and for alcohol-based inks. Disperses static charges via rubber and via carbon sleeve. Hardness: from 70
to 85 Shore A.
Silicone elastomer designed for low surface tension/non-stick applications. Suitable for extrusion coating and cold seal applications. Hardness: from 60 to
85 Shore A. Maximum working temperature of 200°C.
Specific coating for spreading silicone. Does not react with silicone because its does not contain sulphur or zinc. Hardness: from 50 to 70 Shore A.
Fluoroelasticomeric coating, resists contact with aromatic solvents (toluene xylene) for specific applications. Hardness: from 70 to 85 Shore A. Maximum
working temperature of 200°C.
Speedwell Sleeves (continued)
Neopress BH Red
Printing impression roller resistant to aliphatic solvents and for high pressures up to 50 Kg per linear cm. Repels ink and is not affected by various sub-
strate widths. Hardness: from 55 to 90 Shore A.
Neopress G Stat
Printing impression roller resistant to acetates, alcohols and MEK. Disperses static charges via rubber and via carbon sleeve. Hardness: from 70 to 85
Shore A. Maximum working temperature of 160°C.
Neopress G Pink
Impression roller for printing and coating applications. Resistant to acetone, acetates, alcohols and MEK. Hardness: from 60 to 80 Shore A.
Specifically formulated for coating hot melt and mono-component solventless adhesives. Hardness: from 60 to 90 Shore A. Maximum working tempera-
ture of 150°C.
Neopress P.U. Brown
Specific for spreading silicone, glues without solvent, and as a printing impression roller for printing thin board. Hardness: from 50 to 95 Shore A.
Rossini Sleeve Storage System
Sleeve Storage System
takes up to 450 sleeves
with max. dia. 125mm (1)
or 230 sleeves
with max. dia. up to
Basic Frame + 1 Additional Module.
takes up to 810 sleeves
with max dia. 125mm (1)
or 414 sleeves
with max. dia. up to
Basic Frame + 2 Additional Modules.
takes up to 1.170 sleeves
with max dia. 125mm (1)
or 598 sleeves
with max. dia. up to
Up to 3 rows of sleeves in one level
Rack height easily adjustable
High capacity and stability
Safe sleeve positioning
Flexible storage options
... AND SO MUCH MORE
Solid construction in lacquered steel
Modular construction - expandable
Flexible storage spaces
Easy and quick installation
Additional Module (4
Sleeve dia.(1) per Row per Rack Basic Frame (5 Racks)
125 3 up to 90 up to 450 up to 360
150 3 up to 78 up to 390 up to 312
175 3 up to 66 up to 330 up to 264
200 3 up to 46 up to 230 up to 184
250 3 up to 30 up to 150 up to 120
300 3 up to 28 up to 140 up to 112
Basic Frame Additional Frame
Width 4,5 mt 3,8 mt
Height 3,5 mt 3,5 mt
Depth 2,6 mt 2,6 mt
Fixed Racks 2 1
Mobile Racks 3 3
Levels per Rack
load capacity 400kg each load capacity 400kg each
Max. sleeve height (for 2 sleeve levels per rack) 1.340mm
Dimensions refer to a standard storage system other custom dimensions available on request.
Rossini Sleeve Storage System
Solid durable construction in lacquered steel.
Installation easy & quick
Modular design allows expansion & relocation if required in the future
Bespoke configurations available on request to suit individual needs
Paragon Flexibles Ltd Gainsborough UK.
Learoyd Packaging Ltd Burnley UK.
Mondi Packaging Novasac Padova Italy have purchased and installed our system for a storage capacity of up to 800 sleeves.
The “LEONARDO®” Sleeve consists of a fibreglass core onto which a mono-component polyurethane is extruded. This polyurethane has slightly com-
pressible properties. The precision ground surface is achieved using high specification computerised grinding machines. The surface finish of the blanket
sleeve is continuously monitored by cameras during the grinding process and therefore a very high and consistent quality standard is guaranteed.
In addition to the improved service life compared to conventional blanket sleeves, the “LEONARDO®” Sleeve offers other important advantages:
A tangible reduction in inking/damping requirement (also on LWC or B-material-papers)
Sleeve surface is not marked after changing jobs and/or paper widths
Clearly visible improvement of printing contrasts in all measurable screens
Extended blanket wash intervals
Lower temperature increase (even at full production speed)
Lowest values at current consumption (on individually driven printing units)
The fibreglass core and the mono-component polyurethane
reduce the environmental impact, being easily disposable.
Measured printing contrast of the “LEONARDO®” Sleeve (left) compared to a conventional blanket sleeve.
Ink reception according to Perusal of “LEONARDO®” Sleeve (left) compared to a conventional blanket sleeve. All measurements were made with a spectrodensitometer
The ink area L*a*b* (ISO-Paiertype 1)
of the different Sleeve technology becomes evident.
Offset Litho Plate Sleeve
Plate sleeve with aluminium plate locks. Designed for variable repeat rotary offset presses. Composite sleeve construction. Guarantees perfect diametric
stability over time.
Offset Litho Blanket Sleeve
Composite sleeve to which an adhesive backed blanket is attached. Specifically for variable repeat rotary offset presses.
Looking Forward in 2010
Innovations & Improvements that make the difference.
Rossini - A family company.
With a global reputation for quality, innovation, service, support and industry leadership.
Whether you require the original OEM Speedwell Sleeves and air mandrels for Printing and/or Lamination including the
new Highly Acclaimed ESA White Sleeve (above left) or the very best technical solution available Flexographic High
Modulas Carbon Fibre Carriers (including the NEW Carbobridge Carrier) above right. Or even our Anilox Protection
Sleeve Cover NEW FOR 2010, yet another Rossini innovation that tackles head on and puts to an end the protection
issues that your print crews face each and every anilox sleeve change. We welcome the opportunity to work with you, to
help improve your process and performance through the supply of quality tried & tested reliable product solutions cou-
pled with the Rossini world renowned reputation for development and invention in existing and emerging market sectors
of the industry.
Although the offset markets were hit particularly hard in the current global downturn the success of Rossini VSOP Plate
& Blanket Sleeves has bucked the trend throughout 2009.
With many eyes already looking forward to IPEX 2010, we are happy to announce that Rossini will again be exhibiting
and will showcase our VSOP Offset Sleeve range and the seamless Leonardo Blanket Sleeves along with many of
our other products. We look forward to meeting you all in Birmingham NEC from May 18th to 25th.
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