If you are looking to replace worn steel or aluminium rollers for printing, packaging or fabric applications, the choice of carbon fibre (CFRP) to replace them is an absolute no-brainer. CFRP rollers offer a range of material property advantages over their metal counterparts that provide a compelling business case in almost every application.
Rollers created from wet-filament-wound carbon fibre offer better performance, lower energy consumption and longer lifecycles and can be used with a range of coatings to provide a range of specialist roller properties and applications.
In short, CFRP rollers are:
Faster – CFRP rollers enable better outputs and can be operated at faster critical speeds, ensuring greater productivity and throughput. CFRP generally requires less maintenance which also contributes to higher overall productivity of the roller
Lighter – Carbon fibre’s incredible strength-to-weight ratio means that CRFP rollers are significantly lighter than the metal alternatives. Lower weight means lower energy consumption, which makes these rollers cheaper to operate. It also means that longer rollers and more rollers can be incorporated into machinery, raising overall capacity and efficiency. It also means that CFRP rollers suffer far less from deflection and stiffness issues than metal rollers can do.
Safer – Again, CFRP’s strength-to-weight ratio wins here. CFRP rollers can provide the same strength or stiffness at a lower weight. Furthermore, these qualities can be adjusted in the manufacturing process to meet the needs of the application. Lighter rollers are safer, especially where rollers are moved frequently by hand.
From our base in The Netherlands Pronexos is capable of manufacturing CFRP rollers up to 6 metres in length, with a range of specialist coatings as required.
We are highly experienced in manufacturing large volume orders of CFRP rollers – contact us today to find out more.