Robotic Plate Loader

Prepress automation

To streamline prepress workflow and boost productivity, the Avalon 8-up and VLF platesetters can be automatically loaded by a robotic plate loader. It is custom-built according to a printer’s exact needs and can simultaneously feed two plate production lines with a speed of up to 80 printing plates per hour, independent of plate size. The set-up is especially convenient for printers that need to handle multiple plate sizes (up to five).

The robotic plate loader automates otherwise manual, repetitive tasks such as plate loading cassettes of autoloaders, or fixing pallets on the base frame of skid loaders. It replaces up to two autoloaders and two skid loaders, reducing the footprint by at least 20 to 30%.

For optimal ease of use, the robotic plate loader is fully integrated with ECO3’s Apogee and Amfortis workflow software.

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The robotic solution was not a matter of replacing people. It was actually a matter of adding more flexibility to what we do every day and also to unload some of the manual tasks related to producing printing plates.

Steffen Laursen, People, process and IT manager at Laursen Grafisk
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How it works

pallet of printing plates ready to be loaded

The printing plates are stacked emulsion down on a pallet. Sensors detect the stack’s height and position. The front side of the picking arm takes up the plates.

Handling interleaf sheets

The picking arm turns 180° to pick up the interleaf with its backside.

Removing slipsheets using robotics

The interleaves are picked up and disposed flat in a bin.

transfer plate to CtP

The plate is delivered to the transfer table…

Rollers to computer-to-plate engine

… from where it moves onto the CtP unit.

Console of the plate loading robot

The interactive GUI makes it possible to follow up the robot’s movements, and sends out warnings when it is time to restack pallets or empty the interleaf bin.

Available in many configurations

VLF CTP with robot
16-up Avalon CtP with plate loading robot
ECO3 Avalon N8 CtP with robot arm loading from 3 pallets
Avalon N24 with plate loading robot
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