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Esterlam Synthetic blades vs Steel blades

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As the original synthetic doctor blade pioneers, Esterlam Ltd remain global leaders providing high quality products without compromise.

Through tried and tested, reliable products and services, Esterlam doctor blades offer the global solution for today’s demanding flexo, gravure and screen applications. Doctor Blades can be used to print and coat paper, films such as PET, BOPP, PVC, and foils used in packaging, labelling, publications, corrugated products and displays, metal decoration and printed electronics.  But how well do Esterlam blades work against steel?

Do they meter as well as steel?

 YES. As printing technology has advanced, so to have Esterlam doctor blades creating significant advantages over steel in today’s modern printing environment. Longer life, elimination of roller scoring and less roller wear, improved operator safety all add to improving productivity when using Esterlam blades. Consistent high-quality performance in all areas of flexo printing and gravure coating has lead to many leading corporations worldwide changing to the Esterlam blades.  Further evidence can be seen in an FQC project carried out by the FTA in the USA, which tested the Esterlam synthetic doctor blade against carbon and stainless steel to see the effect of doctor blade material on dot gain.  The report summary showed that the Esterlam blades actually caused less dot gain than steel.  A full copy of the report is available from the FTA or Esterlam can give further details on request.

Do they last longer than steel?

YES, Esterlam blades are designed to run with less pressure than traditional steel blades and also have special self-lubricating characteristics, Esterlam doctor blades last significantly longer than steel in all ink formulations. Longer life means less blade changes, less machine stoppages means less start ups and less waste. It also helps to increase production time and productivity.

With 40+ years’ experience supplying tailored bevelled & many different size step/lamella edge profiles, Esterlam can provide the perfect blade solution to optimize production processes.  They have the products, experience and the technical support needed.

Plus, they offer free sample reels for testing.

Contact Info:

Esterlam International Limited

Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England

Tel: +44(0)1752 690691  Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436

Email: mail@esterlam.com

 

UK’s Esterlam wins major new contract in South China  

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Following the Shenzhen International Lithium Battery Power Technology Exhibition (IBTE) at the end of 2017 in China, Esterlam has successfully secured a MAJOR new contract for the supply of their new Electronics Doctor Blade.

IBTE is the world’s largest exhibition of lithium-ion technology, with over 35,000 professional buyers for the domestic new energy electric vehicles, lithium, mobile phones, power tools.

Based in the UK, Esterlam are Global leaders in providing doctor blades for the printing and coating industries.  Having developed the world’s first synthetic doctor blade over 40 years ago, Esterlam have now created a specialised new blade for coated electronic applications.

Commercial Director Neil Hailey said “It was such a great exhibition to attend and gave us the opportunity to introduce our new blade face-to-face.  Following the exhibition, we visited several of the leading companies in this emerging technology and were able to find out more about their industries.  We are delighted to learn that one of these visits has already resulted in a major new deal for our electronics blade.”

The contract is set to secure Esterlam’s position as leaders in this rapidly growing market with other leading electronics companies expected to follow suit very soon.

“The renewable energy market is set to increase dramatically over the next few years as millions of new electric vehicles will be made,” added John Hailey, Esterlam Managing Director.  “With diesel sales plummeting, car buyers appear to be switching to plug-in vehicles in greater numbers than ever before which is one area our blade is very successfully used.  Our blades are now being used for a range of production applications from battery separators for electric vehicles to aerospace and printed electronics to flat panel displays, photovoltaics and mobile phone technology.  These specially developed blades are at the forefront of new technologies.”

Backed by government policies — China’s battery companies are beginning to dominate an industry which has been led for three decades by South Korean and Japanese manufacturers such as Panasonic, which makes the battery cells for Tesla cars.

Lithium-ion batteries revolutionised the consumer electronics market after Sony commercialised them in 1981. From the Walkman to the iPhone they are an essential part of the gadgets used in everyday life. Now they are set to play an equally significant role in transportation, energy harvesting & storage and helping to reduce our dependency on oil.

Esterlam International Limited

Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England

Tel: +44(0)1752 690691  Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436

Email: mail@esterlam.com

Esterlam to attend South China technology exhibition – IBTE

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IBTE – Stand No. 7A153

Shenzhen International Lithium Battery Power Technology Exhibition 2017 (IBTE) runs from 27th – 29th November, at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, China.

IBTE is the world’s largest exhibition of lithium-ion technology, with over 35,000 professional buyers for the domestic new energy electric vehicles, lithium, mobile phones, power tools.

Based in the UK, Esterlam are global leaders in providing doctor blades for today’s demanding printing and coating industries. Having developed the world’s first synthetic doctor blade for printing over 40 years ago, Esterlam have now set new standards for the future of coated electronic applications and will be exhibiting at IBTE 2017, Stand No. 7A153

“We cannot wait until the show,” says Sales Director Neil Hailey. “We will be showcasing Esterlam’s innovative new E Series doctor blades especially to the electronic market. Our new E Series blade is perfect for a whole range of applications from battery separators for electric vehicles to aerospace and printed electronics to flat panel displays, photovoltaics and mobile phone technology. These specially developed blades are at the forefront of these new technologies.”

Esterlam will be showcasing their new doctor blades for the electronics industries throughout the exhibition as well as offering free technical support and advice.

“Technical personnel will be available throughout the show to discuss applications and arrange free sample reels for testing,” adds Managing Director John Hailey. “With the added benefit of a direct contact for full technical support, we’ll be able to offer tailored advice and help.”
Contact Info:

Esterlam International Ltd
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England
E-mail: neil@esterlam.com
melanie@mykreative.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 690691

Esterlam’s NEW E Series Doctor blades – Leading the charge in electronic markets

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Based in the UK, Esterlam are Global leaders in providing doctor blades for today’s demanding printing and coating industries. Having developed the world’s first synthetic doctor blade over 40 years ago, Esterlam have now set new standards for the future of coated electronic applications.

Commercial Director Neil Hailey said “In real terms, this means our special E Series blade is perfect for a whole range of applications from battery separators for electric vehicles to aerospace and printed electronics to flat panel displays, photovoltaics and mobile phone technology. These specially developed blades are at the forefront of new technologies.”
Utilising the latest developments in advanced polymer technology, Esterlam’s innovative E Series have improved spring characteristics giving greater consistency and control over coat weights from start to finish. “Greater control means less wastage, increased yields and improved productivity,” added Neil. “Their self-lubricated qualities mean longer blade life with abrasive ceramic and graphite applications, plus significant reductions in roller wear and scoring.”

The growing renewable energy market is set to increase dramatically over the next few years as millions of new electric vehicles will be made. The UK electric car market has exceeded expectations in September with plug-in cars representing 3.5% of all new cars sales. With diesel sales plummeting, car buyers appear to be switching to plug-in vehicles in greater numbers than ever before.

Backed by government policies — China’s battery companies are beginning to dominate an industry which has been led for three decades by South Korean and Japanese manufacturers such as Panasonic, which makes the battery cells for Tesla cars.

Lithium-ion batteries revolutionised the consumer electronics market after Sony commercialised them in 1981. From the Walkman to the iPhone they form a central part of the gadgets in everyday life. Now they are set to play an equally significant role in transportation, helping to reduce the dependence on oil.

“As carmakers invest more heavily in electric vehicles the lithium-ion battery will be a key technology for at least the next decade,” said Esterlam Managing Director John Hailey. “With years of ongoing development, our E blade is already being utilized in this very exciting area. We already supply blades for a host of different industries in over 100 countries globally and we look forward to continued success within this new industry.”
As well as coatings for battery separators for electric cars, bikes, buses, trams,

fork lifts trucks, boats, planes, drones, Esterlam’s specifically developed E Series is also being used for RFID tags, mobile phone batteries, energy harvesting and storing, touch screens, plasma screens and OLED screens, microgravure, printed electronics and Photo Voltaic films.

“The applications are endless,” added Neil. “We keep innovating and providing solutions that work and we’re so fortunate to have such an experienced global technical team at the heart of everything we do.”

Esterlam International Limited
Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England
Tel: +44(0)1752 690691 Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436
Email: mail@esterlam.com

Labelexpo 2017 Europe Achieves Record Visitor Numbers

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Labelexpo Europe 2017, the largest international event dedicated to the label and package printing sector, culminated in its biggest-ever show last month with record-breaking visitor numbers – 12% bigger than 2015.

Held at Brussels Expo over 25 – 28 September, Labelexpo Europe hosted 679 exhibitors, including nearly 200 new exhibiting companies. Visitors and exhibitors alike enjoyed a massively enhanced experience thanks to the recent refurbishment of Brussels Expo. Attracting large delegations from Brazil, China, India and Japan, the show reported 37,724 visitors; an increase of 5.6% on 35,739 visitors in 2015.

World leaders Esterlam were amongst the exhibitors with their technical experts on-site . “It was a highly productive show this year,” said Esterlam’s Managing Director John Hailey, “With the ever increasing demands of doctor blade applications, we were able to meet companies face-to-face and discuss specific requirements. We also supplied a great number of samples and we’re still sending sample products to new contacts post-show.”

Labelexpo included a wealth of new conventional developments on show with enhanced features for automation, package printing and increased efficiency for short runs.

“Our unique blades are made from bi-axially oriented polyester which have been sourced for their engineering properties and material characteristics,” said Commercial Director Neil Hailey. “It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the next generation of doctor blades.”

We met with a lot of our current agent/distributors and also many new companies who recognise the quality of Esterlam products and the benefits they offer. We had companies from every European country, Scandinavia, North and South America and Asia etc who all wanted to represent us which is a great testament to the Esterlam Team, our products and technical support service too!

Lisa Milburn, Labelexpo’s managing director comments: “The Labelexpo team have worked incredibly hard to deliver outstanding content for what was a very bold show and thanks to the commitment and support of our exhibitors and industry partners, we’ve created a very successful business environment for the industry. This edition has broken all previous records and its success is testament to the fact that the label and package printing industry continues to see Labelexpo as being the place to be. We are still extremely ambitious for the show’s future and we look forward to returning to Brussels with an even bigger and better event in September 2019.”

John added, “The traffic flow from start to finish was strong and the four days flew by, a big thank you to everyone that made this year’s show such a sucuess!” added John.

Contact Info:
Esterlam International Ltd
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England
E-mail: neil@esterlam.com
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 690691

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Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry & we are delighted to be attending.  We’ll be showcasing the next generation of doctor blades – be sure to pop by and see why after 40 years, we’re still the original and best.  Talk to our tech team and see how we can optimise your printing.

4 DAYS | 9 HALLS | 600 EXHIBITORS |

OPENING TIMES

  • Monday, 25 September, 9:30 – 17:30
  • Tuesday, 26 September, 9:30 – 17:30
  • Wednesday, 27 September, 9:30 – 17:30
  • Thursday, 28 September, 9:30 – 16:00

FTA Doctor Blade Survey show promising results

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Esterlam review findings of new survey on doctor blades for the printing industry

As the original pioneers of the first synthetic doctor blades, Esterlam were very pleased to see the recent FTA flash survey on doctor blades. So little attention is paid to the doctor blade: ‘….consumable that is installed, used and abused and then discarded..’ With so little attention being paid to the how and why they perform and their function, it is great to get to see this survey highlighting the doctor blades.

“So much money is spent on the latest machinery with the latest gears, drives, pumps, anilox rollers, plates and inline inspection equipment etc. in order to achieve the colour and quality of print the customer demands,” says Esterlam’s Commercial Director Neil Hailey. “The doctor blade removes all the excess ink off the anilox to make sure that that specific volume of ink or coating is applied. It is a vital component to bring all these factors together to produce the best image and quality so Esterlam doctor blades really are at the very heart of every press”

Reading through the report highlighted many things. The main observations for Esterlam as a company is recognition that our advanced synthetic blades provide all converters with the top three factors given as the most important when considering which blade to buy. “Our blades also help with every other factor mentioned in the survey too,” adds Neil. “We would be happy to talk to anyone on any doctor blade or doctoring related topics and provide production samples for testing with a full information pack and full technical support.”

 

Read the full FTA article: https://www.flexography.org/industry-news/doctor-blade-flash-poll/19640/3/?platform=hootsuite

Contact Info:
Esterlam International Ltd
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England
E-mail: neil@esterlam.com
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 690691

G Series

Latest Doctor Blade – New industry standard in the Corrugated industry

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Esterlam’s NEW G Series Doctor blades
Rapidly becoming the new industry standard in the
Corrugated industry

The new high-grade derivative UHMW blend is offering 2-3 times longer life than the standard UHMW PE blades currently used in this market. The corrugated industry has often been wrongly labelled as the poor relation to high-end packing printers. The number of cartons produced was always deemed more important than the finished print quality. This divide has closed significantly over the past few years and is closing even quicker with the introduction of the new G Series blade.

“After years of development and testing, the New G series blade offers significant improvements in blade life.,” said Managing Director John Hailey. “Its inherent strength helps every blade to hold its shape when being run under a constant pressure in the chamber or holder. This means higher quality print is achievable simply by replacing a blade and you’ll also see longer print runs and less blade changes.”
Since creating the world’s first synthetic doctor blade in the early 1970’s, Esterlam are proud to launch a brand-new blade to the global print industry. Plastics Capital Group, Flexipol Packaging Print Technician Wayne Jenkinson said

“The new Esterlam blades have been giving exceptional blade life and wearing more evenly. The new blades don’t relax and keep their shape better in the chamber so less pressure is required and more consistent print achievable.”
Commercial Director Neil Hailey said “We’re very excited with our latest synthetic blade innovation. The new blade has been in design and production for around a year and after months of rigorous testing, we’re now able to share the new, superior doctor blades with customers worldwide. “Introduce the new Esterlam G Series blades into your press and you will see improved print quality and longer blade life,” said Commercial Director Neil Hailey. “You’ll also broaden your potential customer base simply by changing the blade. Longer print runs and being able to offer higher quality print from your existing machinery is a big step forward in the evolution of printing.”

Esterlam products and expertise are at the heart of every press and this new G Series blade is definitely the latest and most significant difference in the corrugated industry for years

Please do not hesitate to contact our team for more information on our doctor blades:

Esterlam International Limited
Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England
Tel: +44(0)1752 690691 Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436
Email: mail@esterlam.com

Team Focus – Neil Hailey

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Neil
 As a family run business, we have renowned reputation for understanding our client’s requirements as well as building a truly friendly working relationship as we go. Our history and expertise in the industry has led to a worldwide presence throughout an extensive network of technical agents, who can supply Esterlam doctor blade products with full and comprehensive technical support at over 100 countries worldwide.
But who is the team behind Esterlam?  This week continue our series looking at the team behind the brand and find out a little more about the company.

 

Neil Hailey – Commercial Director

My role at Esterlam is to support the vision of the business, and to assist the team in delivering our overall aims and to make sure that we consistently deliver the standard of excellence our customers expect.

Our main focus is to continue to grow our markets with our Agents and to maintain strong relationships with them by working closely on joint initiatives and projects that focus on quality and customer service. We are definitely a passionate and pioneering company and proud of our ability to continually innovate after 35 years of leading the market.

We have a talented team at Esterlam, and we remain obsessed with delivering excellence.

I’m well known for my slightly off the wall sense of humour and passion for golf and motor sports. I also enjoy nothing more than making sure that our Agents and clients have a great experience when they work with us in whatever language!