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Industrial Rollers & Sleeves

Offering a unique industrial roller manufacturing and refurbishment service

Industrial Rollers & Sleeves Manufactured to your Specification

BFS rollers are manufactured at our roller facility in Suffolk. Over the recent years we have kept up with demand with regular investment in the lastest equipment, which has ensured we are able to meet the demands and needs of our customers. 

As part of our roller services, we can refurbish your existing rollers and sleeves while also offering a “complete supply service” where we provide the roller/sleeve stock or core. This way we look after all your engineering and manufacturing requirements.

All work is carried out to define OEM/customer requirements, and as an additional service, we can offer a technical visit from one of our experienced roller professionals. If drawings or detailed information is not available, they can assist in indentifying the most suitable compounds to use for your application.


A wide variety of roller & sleeve compound choices

We offer an extensive range of roller compounds from 20 to 100 Shore A including:

  • Natural rubbers
  • Nitriles
  • PVC Nitriles
  • Silicon
  • EPDM
  • Hypalon
  • XNBR (Carboxylated Nitrile)
  • Polyurethane
    …to name but a few.

bfs provide rubber rollers for a wide variety of applications across a number of industries such as: Industrial, Agricultural, Automotive, Food, Glass, Leather, Machine Manufacturing, Metal, Plastics, Wood and Textile.

In addition, and wherever possible, we offer our customers a roller collection and delivery service.

A glossary of rollers produced at BFS Haverhill

Bespoke polymer sleeves, used for a variety of printing applications including flexographic printing, direct engraving, full surface printing, photopolymers, gravure, wide web, offset, flexo laminating, conductive and varnishing using a variety of polymers.

Ink rollers, also called printing rollers, apply ink to paper and other materials; rollers may contain ink within themselves or they may be engraved with a pattern.

Laminating rollers, made of heat resistant materials like silicone rubber, are heated up to 500°F to laminate materials on both a small and large scale. Often Teflon coated in the print industry.

Drive rollers are movement focused rubber rollers. Often used for converters and web machines, they operate using integral shafts equipped with keyway that acts as a gear.

Guide rollers, or idler rollers, provide support to other roller systems like conveyors, but they do not actually move anything.

Grooved rollers are called so because they have a grooved pattern, usually a spiral, U or V; grooved rollers are usually part of moving systems like belt driven conveyor systems, or used for extrusion.

Conveyor rollers, simply move, or convey, materials.

Live shaft rollers are designed to withstand difficult environments and high load quantities; they have external bearings in which both the roller shaft and the roller rotate.

Dead shaft rollers have internal bearings located at the same place as a spinning roller that spins around a stationary shaft.

Cleaning rollers are used to remove dirt, dust and other contaminants from different surfaces. They are highly specialised to each surface they clean.

Spreader rollers, frequently machined with specialised groove designs, like herringbone, spiral, circumferential and lateral-fluted, are commonly used for spreading machinery and other spreading applications. In the case of web spreading machinery, spreader rollers stretch and spread the web to prevent and fix wrinkles.

Stinger rollers, are configured very much like dead shaft rollers, but they are designed specifically for marine applications.

Polyurethane rollers, are synthetic and inexpensive to produce. They have many great qualities, including: shock resistance, formability, durability, elasticity and strength. Polyurethane rollers are best for use in: data storage, packaging and assembling, printing, material handling, measurement systems and office equipment.

EPDM rollers are heat resistant, corrosion and oxidation resistant and weather resistant, and are therefore quite versatile. However, they do not hold up well against petroleum based solvents.

Industrial rubber rollers are rubber rolls used in industrial applications, primarily manufacturing machines like: stamping presses, conveyor systems, bending machines, printing presses, and the like. Many types of rollers can be categorized as industrial rollers, as long as they perform industrial applications.

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