Cliche Mounting Machine

A cliche, or plate, is a photopolymer flexo sheet with relief that is used to mount on a cylinder that is loaded into a printing press. This cliches can be mounted using a cliche mounting machine.

The flexography industry takes a large share of printing for the packaging industry. Three categories can be distinguished: the narrow-web industry, the wide-web industry and the corrugated industry. The text that follows here will give you an elaborate introduction to the narrow-web or label industry and mounting machines in particular.The process of printing in the flexography industry takes place in three stages.

The first stage is the creation of a cliche, which will eventually be used to transfer ink. The second step is to transfer the cliche onto a sleeve or bridge, that will in its turn be used in the printing press, which will perform the actual printing. It is vital for the quality of a print that the cliche is mounted perfectly onto the sleeve. This is where mounting machines come in.

Cliche Mounting Machine

A mounting machine places the cliche on a sleeve with specific targeting and a vacuum, in order for it to stay in place. There are many different sorts of pre-press mounting machines, it also depends on which industry the mounting machine is used for. The narrow-web industry is especially relevant for label making.

Mounting nowadays can be done automatically, yet semi automatic or manual machines are still popular. The difference is the level automatic positioning and placing of the cliche on a sleeve. A fully automatic mounting machines is able to place a cliche and mount independently.

Cliche Mounting Machine

The semi automatic mounting machine is similar, but needs some assistance with the positioning of the cliche.

Cliche Mounting Machine

The manual mounting machines only assist in referencing the position of the cliche, placing it has to be done by an operator.

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