CONTI-AIR® Metal Printing Blankets - Quality and Environmental Protection
ContiTech Elastomer Coatings rises to the challenges in the field of metal printing blankets: The new gap filler and a new recycling concept take center stage at the company's drupa stand
In a nutshell, the function of the gap filler is to reduce printer waste. "Thanks to the gap filler specially developed for metal-based printing blankets, contamination in the rubber blanket gap is now a thing of the past," says Markus Gnass, head of Metal Printing Blankets at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings. "The gap is simply filled up with a compressible system. This system prevents cleansing agents from penetrating into the gap during washing of the rubber blanket. What's more, it reduces printer waste when the machine is restarted." It also minimizes the risk of web ruptures with renewed startup. "Using the CONTI-AIR® gap filler extends maintenance intervals for the clamping gaps and cuts costs," says Gnass. In addition, CONTI-AIR® gap filler allows for neat direct application from the cartridge. And the filler hardens automatically. The Rheinische Post newspaper in Dusseldorf is currently testing the gap filler.
Another new product is a pre-band CONTI-AIR®, a further development in the field of metal printing blankets. This product features chamfered, overlapping surfaces exactly where the cylinders are to be affixed. This blanket gives machine operators the advantage of being able to use and print with the blanket as delivered, i.e. without having to first chamfer the edges of the surface, as in the past. ContiTech has filed a patent for the pre-band blanket together with the printing machine manufacturer and partner of many years, König & Bauer Group from Würzburg.
New recycling concept
Metal-based printing blankets are still valuable after having served their time. For this reason, ContiTech has developed a system with which the company can collect its used printing blankets and send them to be recycled. On request, ContiTech will make collection containers for used printing blankets available - throughout Europe. A CONTI-AIR® team handles the rest in a professional manner. This reduces waste costs and protects the environment.
Über ContiTech AG
With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 164,000 employees in 45 countries.
The ContiTech division numbers among the leading suppliers of a host of technical elastomer products in the non-tire rubber sector and is a specialist for rubber technology in the non-tire rubber sector. The division develops and produces functional parts, components and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries. ContiTech has a workforce of approximately 27,250 employees. In 2011, it achieved sales of approximately €3.6 billion.
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