Plate Cylinders for Superior Flexo Printing

At Great Lakes Cylinders, our precision-toleranced plate cylinders and sleeve mandrels are designed and manufactured with the accuracy required to reduce the variables in your printing process. Among the many benefits our customers experience are better printing quality, higher press speeds, and shorter set-up times.

Standard Second To None

Every plate cylinder or sleeve mandrel from Great Lakes Cylinders is manufactured to your custom specifications. Not only can you count on getting the precision tolerance your high standards deserve, we record and provide you with detailed documentation of size control, TIR and balance results for every plate cylinder you order. Your most difficult print job will realize improved accuracy and reduced variability.

  • TIR = .0004” max (mean value .0002”)
  • Size control = +.0004” max (mean value .0002”)
  • Dynamic balance = ISO 1940 G2.5

Materials / Design Options

Great Lakes Cylinders offers a variety of material options and design enhancements, including:

  • Steel
  • Thin Wall Steel
  • Composite / Carbon Fiber
  • Aluminum
  • Internal Air Piping
  • Chrome Plating
  • Sleeve End Stops
  • Pin Registration
  • High-Strength Journals
  • Drilled For Air

Air Mandrels

Great Lakes Cylinders’ precision air mandrels can be used with sleeves for flexo or gravure printing. Our design focuses on safety, cleanliness, and speed. The results? Faster sleeve mounting and reduced set up time. Available in single or multi-chamber designs, our air mandrels offer several advantages:

  • One-second air charge time
  • Two-second air bleed time
  • Low air volume requirements
  • Low maintenance cylinder body surface (chrome or nickel covering)
  • Debris-free air feed system with internal piping
  • Pressure vessel concerns eliminated

These plate cylinders feature chrome plated, precision ground cylinder body and corrosion-resistant internal air feed with a convenient air hookup location. Individual air hole locations provide for longer or multiple sleeves. Other feature include a replaceable end stop or pin registration options, hardened inner races for bearing applications and high-strength journals for cantilevered requirements.

Gears, Hubs, Time Discs, and Bearing Sleeves

GearsGreat Lakes Cylinders can serve as a single source for your associated hardware requirements. Plate cylinders and the necessary hardware are shipped together – accurate, complete, and assembled. To ensure you get your order on time and in top condition, Great Lakes Cylinders ships your plate cylinders and gears in custom shipping containers, designed to protect your order from damage.

Plate Cylinder Retrofits / Upgrade Programs

With the advancement of sleeve usage, the accuracy of your existing plate cylinder inventory becomes more important that ever! Plate cylinder concentricity, TIR, and size control tolerances are critical to proper sleeve fit and printing performance. Great Lakes Cylinders can provide the knowledge, experience, and high-quality air mandrels that will make your sleeve program a success.

  • Regrind / Resize existing cylinders
  • Drill existing cylinders for air
  • Chrome Plate
  • Dynamic Balance
Precision. Accuracy. Repeatability. Every time.