Plate Mounting Process and Equipment
In the flexography industry the worflow is described as follows: plate making, plate mounting, demounting and loaded into the printing press. The mounting of the plate is of significant importance because if the plate is crooked too much, the print will be as well. Therefore it is vital that the plate is mounted onto the sleeve perfectly.
AV Flexologic offers plate mounting machines that efficiently place a plate on a sleeve, ready to be loaded into the printing press. Since it is important that the plates are mounted in exact position just right, AV Flexologic also offers (Semi) Automatic Mounting Machines. These machines help the operator with the exact positioning of a plate. With the Semi Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM), the operator assists the machine with the rough position of the plate onto the table. For the Fully Automatic Mounting Machine (FAMM) the operator only selects a job and then leaves the machine with the work.
The automatic mounting system of the SAMM acts upon the crucial part of mounting, the positioning of the plate. The positioning is done by the machine instead of the operator, this results in high quality and consistent mounting. This patented machine is unique in the flexographic printing market.
The Fully Automatic Mounting Machine is suitable for every flexible packaging printer and is developed for our customers who demand the highest standards in mounting speed, repeatability, consistency and accuracy. The FAMM won several awards, among others the FTA’s technical innovation award
Once the plate is mounted, the sleeve can be loaded into the printing press, ready to be used.
Below is a visual overview of how the plate mounting process works. In the first image the plate has been roughly positioned on the mounting machine’s table. The second image shows the laser that search for the targets of the plate. When these are recognized on multiple anchor points, the machine gives the continues with the pressure roller that mounts the palte air tight to the sleeve (third image).