Flint Group announces fully automated flexographic plate processing equipment – The ThermoFlexX Catena+

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Paul Lindström

The fully automated plate processing line consists of equipment modules which were announced earlier by the group; Catena-E (UV LED exposure), Catena-W (solvent plate processor), and Catena-DLS (dryer, light finisher and plate stacker combination with robotized plate transport).

Catena means “connected chain” and just as the name reveals, the Catena+ line is a modular system, which can join together for various levels of automation.

A Catena-DLS module can be connected to a Catena-W for automatic plate-processing. The Catena-DLS has 10 drying units, 7 stacking positions and a light finisher. Robotic movement ensures that plates are fully finished with no operator intervention after loading into the washer.

Designed as an open system, Catena+ allows easy loading of plates from other imagers into the Catena-E LED exposure unit. Plates from other exposure frames can also be easily loaded to take advantage of the highly productive WDLS.

The full line Catena+ also includes Catena Cockpit, which provides a highly visible status report on plate processing, progress and expected time of completion.

With Catena ProServX software, the machine health status of all modules is constantly monitored, thus, enabling a new level of pro-active support and maintenance. The need for physical service-interventions is minimized.

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