Edale launches AIIR flexo automation

Edale has announced a new level of automation for its flexo presses, which offers fully automated inking and print impression and camera controlled liner and cross registration. This system, called AIIR, will be fitted as standard on all new Edale FL5 presses and as an optional extra on the FL3 press.

Edale has partnered with AVT to integrate its camera based technology into the Edale range of FL3 and FL5 flexographic presses. Edale has added its own bespoke software to ensure that five additional motors, individually positioned on each print station adjust the print impression, inking and cross register to ensure the highest print quality.

The system relies on registration marks printed on each station and fed through to the AVT Helios S camera, which analyses the relative positions of the marks and sends any corrections to the respective print stations. The Edale tracking software ensures that no further corrections are made until the initial corrections have passed the camera, overcoming the common problem of an over enthusiastic operator.

AIIR should cut down on the amount of operator intervention and the time needed to set up a job. It can automatically position the pressure settings based on saved job data or material caliper and uses operator defined profiles to adjust pressure relative to press speed. In addition, the AVT system automates the initial setting of inking and print pressure at the start of each new job.

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