Cheshire Anilox Technology is a manufacturer of superior laser engraved ceramic Anilox rolls that improve the printing process.
Established in 1992, Cheshire Anilox Technology has expanded progressively into many market areas, which includes flexible packaging, corrugated, label, envelope, can coating and offset. We are now established as one of Europe’s leading suppliers of Anilox rollers servicing a loyal customer base in over 100 countries worldwide.
More than 25 years of industry service have earned Cheshire the reputation of innovative technical expertise and responsive customer service.
Cheshire Anilox Technology has invested in the latest Fibre laser systems, the most technologically advanced ceramic coatings and inspection and volume verification systems.
Complete in-house manufacture
Cheshire anilox rolls are produced entirely in house. This allows us to manufacture standard and custom rollers more efficiently and cost-effectively while maintaining the highest quality. Quality is closely monitored in all manufacture steps to ensure absolute consistency of each roll from end to end. This also gives us the flexibility of developing specialized manufacturing processes and meet tight delivery times.
Most advanced Fibre Laser Technology: High screen, high volume
At Cheshire Anilox Technology we use the latest Fibre laser technology with state of the art optics that provide unparalleled control of the beam for high line screen engravings with consistent cell geometry and improved ink release properties.
Our powerful 500 watt fibre lasers come with custom pulse which can produce unlimited cell designs allowing Cheshire Anilox Technology to develop new engravings for exceptional print quality, improved consistency and higher line screen definition.
Triplex Pro 200 Plasma Coating System – The hardest ceramics in the market
The ceramic coating represents a critical part of the Anilox roller as it affects the consistency of the engraving and most importantly its longevity. There are hundreds of variables in the plasma spray process which determine the coating quality. By using the latest and most sophisticated fully automated system for coating application, Cheshire Anilox Technology controls the critical parameters in the plasma process to achieve a consistent, extremely dense and wear resistant ceramic.
The TriplexPro®200 plasma spray gun is configured to produce very stable, fixed-length plasma arcs that are completely independent of the nozzle geometry.
This design not only incorporates the best features of its predecessor the Triplex III, but has a higher throughput, improved process stability and excellent reproducibility. The deposition of coating and porosity is greatly improved resulting in a much harder surface of around 1350-1400 on the Vickers scale, compared to an average of 1200 Vickers achieved by alternative coatings.
Greater hardness means greater resistance in the operating environment. The Triplex coating structure has the lowest porosity achievable in today’s market <1% which will protect the material beneath the coating from corrosive inks or chemicals. Low porosity produces a smoother coating surface for a more precise laser engraving and reduces plugging making easier cleaning maintenance.
Having the proper cell volume is absolutely necessary to accurate colour reproduction. Cheshire can produce consistent cell volume because uses the most advance scanning interferometry measurement technology. This is a Digital Microscopic system that uses a series of reflective light waves on a sub-micron level, capturing cross sections of the engravings and composing a 3-D image of the cell resulting in a true volumetric measurement. It is the most accurate way of measuring the cell volume.