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Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM) 800 2.0

The awarded and patented automatic mounting system of the Semi-Automatic Flexo Plate Mounter acts upon the crucial part of mounting, the precise positioning of the flexo plate. The positioning is done automatically by the machine instead of the operator, this results in constant high quality mounting down to the micron. This machine is unique in the flexographic printing market. The next generation SAMM 800 2.0 is also equipped with the patented Quality Report, which ensures consistent high-quality standards and precision.

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A flexo printer in South America purchased a SAMM in 2014. This company is mounting between 15000 and 17000 sleeves per year and has 3 flexo printing presses. The chart below illustrates what the SAMM has done for this plant’s workflow.

Manual MountingSemi-Automatic MountingAdvantages
Manual Mounting
2 traditional mounting machinesVS
Semi-Automatic Mounting
1 SAMM replaces 2 traditional mounting machines since it mounts twice as fast
Advantages
Quick and spot on mounting, time and time again
Manual Mounting
2 operators in the mounting department per shiftVS
Semi-Automatic Mounting
1 operator in the mounting department per shift
Advantages
$40,000 annual savings (based on average yearly expenses of a US employee)
Manual Mounting
15 hours of mounting related press downtime (per week)VS
Semi-Automatic Mounting
0 hours of mounting related press downtime (per week)
Advantages
$175,000 annual savings (based on average downtime costs per hour of a narrow web printing press)

Features

Robotic positioning

Driven by the AV Flexologic software, the robotic table positions the mounting plate with high accuracy, each and every time. After positioning the vertically moving cylinder automatically comes up.

Quality Report (patented)

At the end of a mount the machine goes back to the zero position and compares the actual position with the position where the mounting mark should be.

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The deviations (in microns) are stored in a digital proof document, together with a picture of the mounted mark.

Windows 10 (new)

Striving for the latest up to date technology, the SAMM 2.0 is equipped with Windows 10, which is fully compatible with our AVMOM software.

HD Ethernet Cameras

A high speed connection combined with sharp images, zoom up to 170x and a 40” monitor enables the operator to observe the machine mounting the plate with precision.

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.

Automatic easyreg detection (optional)

Using our patented image recognition system, a visual mark on the edge of a sleeve such as W&H Easyreg strip can be automatically "set to zero" on the mounting machine by simply pushing a button.

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The camera automatically homes in on the Easyreg mark and also automatically "sets zero" in X and Y direction with 0.001 mm accuracy.

Cutting knife, Tape applicator or Tape holder (optional)

Used to increase efficiency and ease-of-use.

Vacuum table

To ensure highly accurate positioning, the vacuum system fixates the plate to the robotic table before positioning.

Workflow Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine

Workflow Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine

The patented SAMM is equipped with an intelligent system that automatically monitors and controls the positioning of flexo plates. The system is based on two co-ordinates (register-marks) applied on the photopolymer printing plate perpendicular to the print direction. Due to the iteration between the cameras and the self-moving mounting table the plates will be positioned extremely accurate.

The SAMM 800 2.0 is equipped with an automatic moving front table, which enables the machine to mount fully automatically one flexo plate. The automation of the mounting process provides consistent high quality, precision and constant repeatability.

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Workflow Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine

Benefits and USPs

  • Cost-saving due to elimination of press-downtime
  • Operator independent
  • Consistent high quality due to the Quality Report
  • Highest accuracy in the positioning of the flexo plates
  • Provides fast, precise and efficient solutions

If you would like to experience SAMM 800 2.0, visit us in Labelexpo Europe 2017/stand 6C46 for live demonstrations and detailed explanation from our Sales Managers.

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A SAMM customer: "When we installed the SAMM, it did the job 2,5 times faster than on our traditional mounting machine."

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A SAMM customer : “The system works great and efficient; the plates are mounted perfectly straight onto the sleeves. I can’t imagine working without the SAMM.”

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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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Mondi Group

"Thanks to the FAMM we have saved a lot of costs." This explained Joachim Block, technical director at Nordenia in Halle, Germany. Nordenia is now part of the Mondi Group. Block: "AV Flexologic is the main supplier of flexo plate mounting machines for the whole Nordenia group and our cooperation with AV Flexologic has always been optimal.” He continues: “We consider AV Flexologic to be the market leader in the flexo plate mounting machines field and therefore we have a lot of confidence in their products. In the year 2008 we were looking for a new mounting machine and after comparison with mounting machines from other suppliers, we have made the decision to do business with AV Flexologic again."

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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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Mission Labels

Mission Labels recently acquired an Aquasupreme, one of AV Flexologic’s waterwashable flexo plate making machines. Dave Humphrey: “We are very enthusiastic about the way the Aquasupreme doubles our capacity. It means that we are able to compete and take a much firmer stand in the market. It also means that we have saved a significant amount of costs with this investment.” He mentions: “My personal advice to anyone looking to invest in plate making facilities, is to opt for this water wash.”

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