VDP mounting system

Bieffebi’s plate mounters Success in Indian wide-web flexo

The Omnia 335-336 mounting and proofing machine for mounting flexo plates on cylinders and or sleeves for printing presses in plastic film and paper industries

Bieffebi, based in Bologna in Italy, has a presence in more than 90 countries. The company produces ancillary prepress machines for the flexographic printing industry and has installed over 3,000 units worldwide. During the past five years, Bieffebi has developed three important world patents which gives their plate mounters a cutting-edge. A plate mounter has a pressure roller to remove the air bubbles between a sticky back and sleeve; a Virtual Data Processing (VDP) system which enables digital proof without inks; and an Automatic Quality Control System (AQCS-patent pending) through laser which allows the checking of the geometric tolerances of the printable areas and of all the equipment.

The VDP system allows the mounting in register of all types of plates with or without cross marks and microdots through images by using actual PDF files in the scale 1:1. The VDP mounting system with the same PDF or JPG file used for platemaking offers fast programming. In the mounting system with PDF files, you can check whether the plates match with the files in 1:1. A mismatch between the file and the plate could be caused by incorrect production of the plates due to an incorrect application of correction coefficients of elongation.

AQCS laser application
After the success of the VDP system Bieffebi developed another innovative technology called the AQCS (Automatic Quality Control System) laser application. AQCS laser application by means of a plate PDF file (color by color), checks and measures in about 90 seconds the geometric tolerances of the printable areas of the sleeve with the tape.

New generation and latest software solutions in plate mounting involve lesser manual interference and enable the operator to recheck all the parameters of the sleeves, anilox, plates and tape before mounting on the press thus reducing wastage and press downtime. Bieffebi new generation plate mounters have met with success in India during the past four years with installations in Mother Dairy, Kanodia Technoplast, Uflex (Jammu), Dynaflex, Montage, Kalpena, Huthamaki (PPL), Jayshri-Propack, Vishaka, Uflex (Noida), Global Polybags and Technovaa Group.

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