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Platemounter

The Platemounter is a flexo mounting machine that mounts photopolymer print plates onto cylinders. The manual mounter is very user friendly and can be ordered with two or more cameras.

The cameras with optical lenses and digital zoom function are mounted on a linear bearing system which is exactly in line with the print axis. The Platemounter is equipped with a cylinder locking system. The images of the cameras are displayed on a split screen monitor. The operator has a choice of hairlines, e.g. single crosses, double movable lines, sizable circles and combinations. Using the Overlay System, snapshots of the mounting position can be taken and displayed faded on the monitor to mount image on image. The positions are stored in the computer and can be recalled any time, which eliminates setup time with repeating jobs, multicolor jobs and staggered mounting.

Platemounter

Features

HD Ethernet Cameras

A high speed connection combined with sharp images, zoom up to 170x and a touchscreen enables the operator to mount the plate with highest precision.

Overlay System (Patented)

Once the first plate is in the right position, the overlay module enables the operator to take snapshots of the mounting marks, which are then shown semi-transparently when mounting the other plates.

Touchscreen monitor

For quick and easy job entry and job retrieval.

Sturdy frame

AV Flexologic uses solid steel to make the frame as firm as it can be. Therefore the base is set for precise mounting.

Plate mounter advantages

Plate mounter advantages

  • Simple design with precise mounting
  • Rigid full body frame for consistent results
  • High definition color cameras with digital zoom for best images
  • Cameras on precision rail for best calibration
  • High magnification for clear view on mounting mark and accurate mounting
  • Sectoring system for staggered mounting
  • Sleeve changing with quick lock system
  • Option for additional cameras with a large field off view on a “32 screen including quickly switching sets of two cameras
  • Job storage on the shuttle PC using snap shots of the mounted marks
  • The overlay system

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Plate mounter advantages

The overlay system explained

Once the first plate is in the right position, the overlay module enables the operator to take and store a snapshot of the mounting marks, which is then shown on the monitor. Whilst mounting the next plates, this snapshot is displayed in a faded way on the monitor as a reference point for the operator. The operator simply has to position the mounting marks of the next plate(s) over its (overlay) in exactly the same position.

The system enables snapshots to be taken of these second and next plates as well, which can serve as a digital proof for quality control purposes before printing. Several hairline types are available. The picture on the monitor is adjusted automatically for outside light influences such as brightness, gamma, sharpness, shutter, white balance, and gain.

The plate mounter has several options: Mounting Table, Tape Holder, Cutting knife

"The Platemounter is designed to mount single or multiple plates. Mounting multiple plates can be done using 2 or multiple cameras."

A special dividing sectoring system for 2, 3, 4 or 6 divisions around the shaft is standard. The dividing disc is a so-called CAM system. The operator can freely turn the cylinder, but can also select the dividing section with a push button. After releasing the button, the cylinder rotates freely again.

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References

Amcor

Amcor has been working with AV Flexologic's for over 15 years. The machines are placed all over the world in their different plants.
“In 2011 I travelled to Cumbria to see the FAMM in action at the SGS plant that serviced Amcor in the region. I was instantly intrigued by the simplicity and incredibly efficient output of the FAMM. I then travelled to Holland and viewed 2 FAMMS in operation at Elopak, again incredible output."

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Boran Packaging

Boran Plastic Packaging has recently purchased a Semi Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM) 1300 and is happy to report its experiences. The company tells AV Flexologic: “The operational effectiveness has improved significantly compared to the old way of mounting. We are especially impressed by the image recognition software that automatically detect the microdots. The quality of the process of mounting plates has never been better and we now have perfect registration and great repeatability of the mounting.”

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Elopak

Elopak supplies over 800 markets, which illustrates their need for an AV Flexologic FAMM in their workflow. Reinard Dreesmann, plant manager Elopak says: “Since the installation, output and quality are as expected. We mount approximately 1000 sleeves per week and mounting is considered an important part of the printing job. In the past, mis-registration often caused press down time. Now our mounting results are consisted and precise.”, in an article by Flexo & Gravure from 2008.

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Clear Lam

Clear Lam develops and manufactures flexible packages for foods, personal health care products, electronics and detergents. They are located in the USA and China where they produce hundreds of products for consumer packaged goods companies, retailers and other industrial manufacturers. An important factor of business for Clear Lam is that they minimize their impact on the environment. Clear Lam obtained a FAMM in 2010. Since Clear Lam is using the FAMM, the company is saving a lot of time. Operators attend to other tasks, while the FAMM is taking care of the mounting job. The FAMM suits the people focused environment of Clear Lam. The continuously improving workflow of the company has experienced a substantial boost after the FAMM was adopted into their operations.

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