Sandvik Sanprint® XP doctor blade steel

Sandvik Sanprint® XP is the latest development in Sandvik's range of printing doctor blade steels. This patented grade offers significantly higher wear resistance than other high quality tool steels. The high hardness of Sandvik Sanprint® XP, due to the large content of small carbides, results in longer blade life with retained printing quality.

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Extensive internal testing, supported by independently verified field tests with customers, confirms more than four times greater wear resistance compared with doctor blades made from ASTM 1095 type carbon steel.

Sandvik Sanprint® XP is particularly suited to abrasive inks, such as white inks or other inks with high percentages of titanium dioxide.

Over time, Sandvik Sanprint® XP shows 25% greater wear resistance compared with other high-end quality tool steels. (Aggregated result from several tests performed at Sandvik's R&D center. The weight loss of the material measured after wear from a 175 cm long anilox roller running at a pressure of 2 bar, 200 min/m for 16 hours in process water and deionized water.) The results are supported by field tests in actual production with customers.

Sandvik Sanprint® XP main characteristics

  • Exceptionally high wear resistance
  • Very high hardness
  • Suitable for all types of inks, especially abrasive inks