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Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM) 800

The awarded and patented automatic mounting system of the SAMM acts upon the crucial part of mounting, the precise positioning of the flexo plate. The positioning is done 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 SAMM is available for cylinder and / or sleeves.

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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

Image Recognition (patented)

Intelligent AV Flexologic software recognizes any mark, consequently the SAMM positions the plate with a precision down to 5 microns. After mounting an automatic quality check is done, using image recognition, to ensure the precision of the mount.

Vacuum table

Fixates the plate to the robotic table to enable highly accurate positioning.

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.

Pressure Roller

After positioning the printing plates, the pressure roller fixes the plate onto the sleeve or cylinder. The pressure roller ensures air bubble free, quick and smooth mounting.

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.

Dual Drive system (optional)

This system is designed for both cylinder and sleeve compatibility.

Easy-Reg (optional)

The machine automatically finds the zero position of the W&H Easyreg mark and uses this zero-position as a reference for positioning and mounting the marks.

Cutting Knife, Tape applicator or Tape holder (optional)

Used to increase efficiency and ease-of-use.

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.

After the positioning the vertically moving cylinder elevates automatically. Subsequently the operator lowers the pressure roller and rotates the cylinder using the foot pedal. The automatic positioning of the plates together with the mounting by the operator results in consistent high quality and constant repeatability.

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Workflow Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine

Benefits of Automatic Mounting

  1. Eliminate press downtime due to mounting errors
  2. Decreased operator skill level is required
  3. Detailed Quality Control and reporting
  4. Fast return on investment
  5. Extremely accurate
  6. Fast and efficient
  7. Max width of cylinders/sleeves 800 mm
  8. Max repeat of cylinders/sleeves 850 mm
  9. Min repeat of cylinders/sleeves 230 mm

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The SAMM can support both cylinders and sleeves. Different types can be used thanks to the adjustable gearing system.

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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