Covid steel supply woes have driven a cost reduction redesign for the FlexStor sleeve storage system. The new system “FlexStor VII” is the seventh iteration of design improvements since the system was first developed in 2006 and provided to Flexo Transparent in Buffalo, New York.
Now CP Flexible packaging there are three systems, at that plant with a total sleeve storage capacity of approximatley 2100 sleeves.
As an added bonus, the newly designed, lower cost FLEXSTOR VII system, now allows for almost 20 percent additional capacity in the same floor space, that’s right storage for approximately 2,500 sleeves.
The company’s engineers have found that in most flexographic press operations, approximately 50 percent of the sleeves are less than 22 inch (550 mm) repeat. Therefore, dedicated, narrower, rack designs have been developed for all sleeves smaller in repeat than 22 inches (550 mm) repeat. Rather than 6 racks per overhead rail bay, 7 can now be installed. All new racks are retrofittable to existing FLEXSTOR installations.
The overhead rail system supports the individual racks on rollers to allow side to side motion allowing the aisle to be located where the operator wants to access the sleeves.