Fully Automatic Mounting Machine (FAMM) 2500

The Fully Automatic Mounting Machine Prepress is suitable for printers which demand the highest standards. The machine uses our patented image recognition and robotic positioning to achieve its incredible mounting speed, repeatability, consistency and accuracy. The FAMM won several awards, including the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award. It can handle high capacity and has an impressive return on investment.

Please note that the machine has not yet been produced and that the images and videos are shot using the FAMM for wide web as model. If you are interested in this machine, please contact AV Flexologic to request information about the development project. 

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Testimonials

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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Americk

Americk Primopost is used to adopting the highest quality in flexographic print processes. They believe you should: “Add value through print quality”. Primopost continuously invests in optimizing the print quality and price of their operations. In 2012 they have installed the AV Flexologic MOM DD1500 and Demounter which help reaching this goal substantially. The MOM DD ensures a much improved mounting process that limits the downtime of the workflow. The Demounter contributes to the same goal, by quickly and safely demounting their plates Primopost saves time and ensures high quality plates in storage.

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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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Features

Image recognition software

Specialized software developed by AV Flexologic can "recognize" the mounting marks on the printing plates, which are used as the references for the mounting process.

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The ability to measure the positions not only during mounting but also after plates have been mounted provides endless possibilities to enhance a flexo printing production workflow.

Automatic positioning

Driven by the AV Flexologic software, the robotic table positions the mounting plate with high accuracy, each and every time.

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After positioning the vertically moving cylinder automatically comes up.

HD Ethernet Cameras

Using the latest technology in high - speed Ethernet cameras, AV Flexologic ensures crisp and sharp ultra-high resolution images, enabling an efficient and accurate mounting process.

Conveyor belt

The operator simply places the to-be-mounted plates on the conveyor belt and the machine does the rest.

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The conveyor belt transports the plates to the pick-up position where a camera recognizes the mounting mark. Subsequently the FAMM's robotic arm picks up the plate and places it on the correct mounting position.

Pressure roller

The roller is used to apply the plates evenly over the carrier such as sleeve, cylinder or Mylar.

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The use of the pressure roller eliminates the typical "hand-rolling". The feature saves time and avoids un-ergonomic working procedures.

Multiple safety features

To ensure risk-free operation, the FAMM is equipped with light beams and multiple other sensors that do not allow movement near to where the machine mounts the flexo plate.

Quality report

After each plate is mounted, the machine has the ability to automatically check the tolerance of mounting plates using image recognition.

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A pdf quality report is generated on-the-fly with ability to check top and bottom.

Workflow Fully Automatic Mounting Machine

Workflow Fully Automatic Mounting Machine

The patented system is based on two co-ordinates (register-marks) applied on the photopolymer printing plate perpendicular to the print direction. Through automatic image recognition, interactive software and cameras the FAMM can read the digital positions of the flexo mounting marks.
Subsequently a robotic manipulator automatically positions the flexo plates with a precision of 5 microns. Next the FAMM mounts the plate onto the cylinder or sleeve with extreme accuracy. While the plates are automatically mounted onto the sleeves the operator is able to work on a different task in the production line.

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