Roll 2 roll printing technique with smart sleeves

What is a sleeve?

MetaQuip has been asked by various partners in the paper industry whether it is possible to develop a laser machine to realize sleeves more flexibly, faster and with less costs compared to existing solutions a so-called smart sleeve. Sleeves are rolls that are used in roll 2 roll applications to make a print or print. These sleeves are made of metal or plastic in which a height profile is applied and used in the process of printing beverage cans, the embossing of paper in dry or wet phase or for water marking of paper.

Project Specifications

  • Sleeves can be used for printing beverage cans, paper embossing in the dry and wet phases and watermarks.
  • Plastic sleeve that is engraved with laser
  • High quality embossing or dry offset
  • Minimum change times.
  • Individual small series within 1 master batch
  • Lower costs due to fixed cylinder and replaceable sleeve
  • Laser in-house, fast realization, low costs, personalization, small series

Roll 2 roll printing technique with smart sleeves


MetaQuip has researched which wavelength and laser machine principle is the most suitable for engraving plastic sleeves. It has also been determined in which process parameters the perfect depth can be realized without reducing the print quality and engraving the maximum engraving speed. In addition, we examined which other preconditions are necessary to ensure that the process is stable over the entire sleeve. With this MetaQuip has the exact technical specifications in view to make a machine that perfectly meets the requirements.
Laser engraving sleeve
Sleeve holder

Sleeve holder

MetaQuip has developed a sleeve holder that clamps the sleeve during laser machining so that it can be processed. In addition, in this sleeve holder, a number of functions are also required to enable the plastic sleeve to be processed properly. The sleeve holder is controlled by the laser machine. This sleeve holder has been extensively tested in combination with the laser machine; the results are so good that we now examine how the final solution can be used in the production line.

Next steps ...

Technically, MetaQuip has demonstrated on the basis of the above prototype that it is possible to make a sleeve with the aid of a laser that meets the set requirements. The concept can be converted relatively quickly to a complete product. We are currently looking at the business opportunities.
Roll 2 roll printing technique with Smart Sleeves was last modified: January 5th, 2019 by Coen Lauwerijssen