There must be compelling arguments for changing a tried and tested production process and this was indeed the case when Christiansen Print switched to tesa® Twinlock Sleeves.
The switch produced a variety of advantages for the preprint corrugator line. The plate mounting process now no longer involves adhesive tapes for plate mounting - thus saving time and eliminating waste. Furthermore, after testing and implementing tesa® Twinlock sleeves it became clear there were process advantages resulting in higher print speeds for many jobs.
The project, which began with a set of test sleeves, now takes the very visible form of over 300 bright green tesa® Twinlock sleeves held in the Christiansen Print mounting department. In the course of only three months the Ilsenburg production facility made a complete switch to tesa® Twinlock sleeves. These sleeves have a working width of 2485 mm and 30 different repeat lengths ranging from 790 mm to 2060 mm.
The European market leader for preprinted reels of corrugated liner for packaging and displays was founded in 2005. Since 2016 they have been a wholly owned division of the THIMM group. They have three production sites in France and Germany and at their Ilsenburg facility in Germany (Harz) they operate two of the world’s largest impression cylinder flexo presses. Since 2017 they also operate the HP PageWide T1100S digital web press. The Northeim (Germany) and Garancières-en-Beauce (France) printing facilities operate three of the latest belt flexo presses. This combination offers Christiansen Print the benefit of three complementary printing technologies. With strong print compentencies and a workforce of over 170 people, the company is able to produce around 450 million m2 of preprint annually.
New in the tesa® Plate Mounting Portfolio
The tesa® Twinlock sleeves were added to the tesa range in 2018 and now users have to ask themselves whether adhesive tapes or tesa® Twinlock sleeves are the most economical plate mounting solution. Answering this question requires both discussions about the specific technical requirements and possibilities, and also an application-focused ROI analysis which tesa provides. In the case of Christiansen Print, this comprehensive analysis revealed that covering the complete range of repeat lengths produced a commercial benefit through savings on adhesive tape. This provided sufficient grounds to test tesa® Twinlock sleeves.