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Semi Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM) 2500+

The Semi Automatic Mounting Machine (SAMM) Preprint belongs to the top range of AV Flexologic’s flexo mounting equipment. The semi automatic flexo plate mounter is available for cylinders and sleeves, combines conventional with automatic mounting, therefore you get best of both worlds. 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.

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Manual Mounting
2 traditional manual 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
€35,000 annual savings (based on average yearly expenses for an EU-employee)
Manual Mounting
10 hours of mounting related press downtime (per week)VS
Semi-Automatic Mounting
0 hours of mounting related press downtime (per week)
Advantages
€ 160,000 annual savings (based on average downtime costs per hour for a preprint cylinder press)

Features

Image Recognition (patented)

Intelligent AV Flexologic software recognizes any register marks, consequently the machine positions the plate with a precision down to 5 microns.

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After mounting an automatic quality check is done using image recognition in order to ensure the precision of the mount.

Vacuum table

To ensure highly accurate positioning, the vacuum system fixates the plate to the robotic table before 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 and a zoom up to 170x enables the machine to mount the plates quickly and with high precision.

Touchscreen monitor

For quick and easy job entry and job retrieval.

Digital Calibration of Camera Beam (patented)

The camera images are used in a calibration procedure to create a lookup table to digitally ‘straighten’ any deviations in the camera beam, down to 10 μm over the entire width of the camera beam / sleeve.

Workflow Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine

Workflow Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine

The patented semi automatic flexo plate mounter 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 semi automatic flexo plate mounter’s vertically moving cylinder elevate 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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A SAMM Preprint customer: "We doubled our capacity in comparison with our conventional motorized mounter. With that, the training of our people has become extremely easy."

The SAMM 2500 replaces 2 manual mounting machines.

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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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SGS

The addition of the FAMM to their workflow has dramatically increased the precision and quality of their mounting process. These are values held in high regard by SGS. With over 60 years of experience in the industry, their track record shows customer satisfaction and successful brand placement on a global scale. SGS has adopted the Lean Business System which ensures that project workflow is customized and adjusted for specific customer requirements. With the addition of the FAMM to their workflow,

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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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