The Roto-Hybrid technology team from Karm Research Group (KRG) have recently completed the first annual project review with the European Commission of the €3m, 24 month, European Commission funded grant to bring to market the innovative Roto-Hybrid Process.
The process is the culmination of several years of research and development and combines two novel pre-press gravure printing cylinder process technologies, namely the Hybrid Cylinder technology, and a novel new gravure cylinder coating technology (Hybrid Chrome Replacement) that is a direct alternative for chrome plating and other electrolytic processes like copper or nickel plating.
The grant project review included a visit by the European Commission to the Roto-Hybrid HCR coating plant in Germany and whilst Year 1 of the EC project was primarily focused on manufacturing development the focus of 2018 will now shift from manufacturing set up towards customer trials of HCR and a wider programme of additional end user trials.
Why Go Chrome Free?
The Hybrid Chrome replacement coating is a Patent Pending environmentally safe hybrid cylinder coating process with its foundations in diamond-like-carbon and when combined with the Hybrid Cylinder as part of the Roto-Hybrid Process, the end result is a gravure process that is also superior in terms of print results, lower print cost with increased cylinder longevity.
Request a Trial
Although the RotoHybrid team are currently conducting a series of technology trials with early adopters, later in Q2 the technology trials programme will be extended to a wider group of parties interested in using the RotoHybrid process.
To participate in a technology trial please see www.rotohybrid.com for more details