Sanprint™ doctor blade steel

Printing doctor blade steel characterized by high wear resistance, close dimensional tolerances and consistent straightness, providing long doctor blade life and perfect wiping of the printing ink. Read more about the benefits of using Sanprint doctor blade steel

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The market's broadest product portfolio

As the world's leading supplier of steel for high-end doctor blade applications, we offer the broadest program of doctor blade steels.

A new grade has now been launched, the patented high-quality tool steel Sanprint™ XP, which has been developed for long print runs and abrasive inks.

Products and grades

Doctor blade products and grades

Our range of doctor blade steel is the widest on the market with products tailor made for any application. All Sanprint doctor blade steel grades are suitable for rotogravure and flexographic printing.

Product Description
Sanprint XP
  • Exceptionally high wear resistance
  • Particularly suitable for abrasive inks
  • White-polished surface
Sanprint EPS
  • Excellent wear resistance
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Suitable for all types of ink
  • White-polished surface
Sanprint RPS
  • High wear resistance
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Suitable for water-based inks and laminating
  • White-polished surface
Sanprint EP
  • Very high wear resistance
  • Suitable for non water-based and UV inks
  • Blue or white-polished surface
Sanprint RP
  • High wear resistance
  • Suitable for non water-based inks
  • Blue or white polished surface

Product data

Doctor blade steel data

Standard properties for Sanprint XP, EPS, RPS, EP and RP doctor blade steel
Thickness: 0.076-0.305 mm. Tolerance T1
Width: 10-70 mm. Tolerance B1
Flatness: Tolerance P1
Straightness: 1.4 mm/3 m (standard)
Surface: White polished / blue polished
Edges: Round*

* Other edges are available on request

Application guide

Doctor blade application guide

The more plus signs (+), the better the performance.

Performance of Sanprint grades
Property + ++ +++ ++++
Abrasive ink RP EP EPS XP
Coating RP EP EPS XP
Plastic laminating RP XP EPS RPS
Print run length RP EP EPS XP
Print speed RP EP EPS XP
Water-based ink RP EP EPS XP