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TIR Sleeve Measurement System

The TIR system is designed to measure the ‘3D landscape’ of sleeves and cylinders by using a laser to scan an adjustable grid pattern across and around the sleeve. With this information it is possible to know the condition of every sleeve that you have in inventory, which helps save valuable time in your press department. It is also possible to build a database to help track the condition of your sleeve inventory over time, when the last time it was measured, what the condition was at that time, which help you control your sleeve inventory and know when you need to replace. This technology is used in the pre-press department, or a place where your sleeves are demounted. The operator will periodically scan the sleeve, which produces a digital read out of the sleeve’s surface in the form of a spectrum view with different colors on how the depth or diameter of the sleeve is at each position by using a numerical minimum and maximum value of the diameter of the sleeve. It stores all the unique data of every sleeve in order to keep track of any irregularities.

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Measuring the condition of sleeves

Measuring the condition of sleeves

The ability to check the exact condition of each sleeve is essential for high-speed production with minimum pressure settings on the press. Worn out or damaged sleeves are easily detected, which prevents bad quality sleeve related downtime in the printing presses. It also helps to create an inventory of sleeves, which are fit for use. The operator can pre-set specific tolerances that define whether a sleeve is still usable or not. In the image portrayed here it’s visible how the TIR System measures the 3D surface of the sleeve, in which the blue spots indicate bulges on the sleeve’s surface and the red spots indicate the dents. Bulges, dents and other imperfections  such as the loss of roundness of the sleeve can seriously harm the print quality.  With the TIR, press down time due to worn out sleeves can be prevented.

Measuring the condition of sleeves

Award winning

“The TIR Sleeve Measurement system is tackling a new problem in the process and will no doubt help improve quality and reduce downtime to further enhance the competitiveness of our industry.”

– Jury FlexoTech International International Print & Innovations awards

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"No more press downtime due to worn out sleeves."

Build a record with exact sleeve conditions of each sleeve in stock.

The TIR Sleeve measurement is available as a stand-alone machine, but can also be fitted in the SAMM and the FAMM.

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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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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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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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