The system of Lightweight Air Cylinder and Thin Metallic Sleeve in rotogravure printing represents a significant technological leap if we consider that this printing method mostly continues using heavy steel cylinders and has not migrated to lightweight systems like flexography has done. This is the reason why the latter is so widespread worldwide.
Lightweight Air Cylinder and Thin Sleeve systems reduce the risk of accidents and enhance storage system as it does not require heavy infrastructure to move the cylinders. Sleeves are engraved and stored, and it is not necessary to peel off an engraved image to engrave a new one due to the new image is engraved in a new sleeve. This means that each time an already-printed work order is placed, the sleeve is ready to be used! This advantage places the gravure system in a spot equally competitive than the flexographic system.