Re-coatable silicone rollers are a powerful tool for reducing both waste and cost. To understand why this is so, it is helpful to start with an introduction to silicone rubber rollers.
Because of their superior thermal properties, silicone rubber rollers are used in many industrial processes including hot stamp and heat transfer decoration as well as heat sealing of products.
Silicone conforms naturally to surface variations in molded parts. This ensures smooth application of stamping foils and multi-color heat transfer labels without air entrapment. Silicone rollers are ideal for “tipping” or decoration of raised artwork as well for applying decoration to flat, curved and contoured surfaces. Silicone rollers are well-suited for non-decorating applications that require a non-slip surface for feeding/pulling films through machine applications.
Each silicone roller has a machined metal core and a silicone coating. Here you can see how the custom metal core is meticulously designed (in terms of core, outside and bore diameters) to ensure optimum performance for each unique application. These carefully planned machined metal cores can now be reused, generating significant waste and cost savings.
Periodically, the silicone on rollers gets worn out and needs to be replaced. The speed with which rollers require replacement is dependent on the production environment where they used. Factors like environmental pollution and line speeds impact roller durability.
The superior efficiency CER provides in our decoration equipment can also be found in our innovative hot stamp supplies. We provide two new options for silicone rollers that SIGNIFICANTLY enhance roller lifespan- double banded rollers and re-coatable (re-usable) rollers.
Previously – rollers used for applying band decoration on caps featured a band in the middle of the roller. CER´s innovative double-banded roller effectively doubled the life expectancy of rollers used to apply cap band decoration. Our double banded rollers feature bands on both of the outer sides of the roller. When the silicone on one side of the roller becomes worn down and requires replacement- the roller can simply be reinstalled on the other side- effectively doubling the roller´s productivity.
Not looking to apply band decoration on caps? CER also has an innovative roller solution for nearly any kind of roller application. We are proud to introduce re-coatable (re-useable) silicone rollers.
When a silicone roller becomes worn down, customers can simply ship these rollers to CER. We will use our proprietary silicone-to-metal bonding process to re-coat the machined metal core with fresh, new silicone. Customers only pay for the cost of shipping and the new silicone coating.
Previously entirely new rollers needed to be purchased. This meant that the machined metal roller core (the costliest part of the roller) would simply be thrown away with its worn down silicone cover. This would generate additional cost and was not a green solution.
Our proprietary system for chemically bonding silicone to metal cores provides market-leading adhesion without the need for glue or other adhesives. Fresh, new silicone is secured firmly to your existing metal core.
Being able to reuse the machined metal cores of rollers significantly reduces waste. Not only is there less landfill- but new energy is not needed to produce new machined metal cores.
Re-coatable silicone rollers generate significant cost savings as the machined metal core of the silicone rubber roller can be reused. The machined metal is the costliest part of a silicone roller. Being able to reuse the metal roller core generates cost savings. For smaller rollers, cost savings may be close to 50%. For larger rollers, cost savings can be as high as 250%!
Re-coatable silicone rubber rollers reduce waste AND expense.
CER provides complete rollers (core plus covering) as well as roller recoats for use in hot stamp, heat transfer and heat seal applications. Our rollers are universal and are used on our systems as well as competitor systems.
Our rollers provide: