Bridging Image Printing Plate Register from Image Assembly (CTP Device) to Press Cylinder
For a CTP Environment
"The most critical elements to register on press is... repeatability of the imaging device, repeatability of the punch/bend system, and the register relationship between the image and punched, formed plate bends."
When you fail to control registration, you are failing to control one of the single largest sources of waste in your entire operation.
Burgess Industries’ “Print Control” Punch/Bend Register Systems are designed to improve printers’ profitability beginning with the press cylinder’s first revolution. We specialize in the design and manufacture of custom punch/bend register systems (both in-line and off-line) that match traditional or electronic prepress system register output to the plate geometry requirements of press equipment.
Three printing plate register systems for accurate plate punch/bending include:
• CTP Electronic Robotic Tri-Point PIN Register System is designed to accurately match the Tri-Point Pin/Contact Register System of the CTP imaging device. The Tri-Point Robotic PIN Register System can be combined with an optional Optical Register Verification System (ORV) to verify the repeatability of the CTP device. ORV uses digital CCD camera technology that evaluates the register continuity “image-to-plate” by checking a pre-determined register mark and verifying it is within a user defined tolerance. If the plate is outside of the defined tolerance, the plate is ejected from the punch/bender unpunched and unbent.
• “B-Opts” Optical/Tri-Point Robotic Dual Register System combines the Electronic Tri-Point Pin Register System with CCD High Resolution Camera correction technology that verifies the “image-to-plate” register by the imaging device and corrects it if out of tolerance.
• Holes Over Pins Holes Register System is available for customers doing conventional plate-making with film setters.
Key Advantages Of Burgess’ Tri-Point Robotic and “B-Opts” Dual Register Systems
• No Scheduled Calibration Required
• 50% Fewer Parts and Electronics than many Competitive Optical Systems
• 100% More Plate Vacuum Hold-down
• Register Points are Hard Stops and Exactly Match those in the CTP Device
• Easily Adjusted For Changing Press, CTP Device or Web Width
• Wide Operating Window Of Tolerance; Customer definable
• More Durable, Far Less Susceptible to Shock or Vibration
Burgess' Tri-Point Robotic PIN Register System Vs. Most Competitive Optical Register Systems
Optical Register was initially developed years ago for image register when imaging a plate using film. Vision aided in the compensation for the lack of dimensional stability of the film substrate. Today CTP devices directly write images to metal plates which are inherently very stable, thereby eliminating film and all register variables due to material dimensional instability. Also most CTP devices use a Tri-point contact system (hard pins and/or laser detect) to position plates for image placement and guarantee repeatable image placement on plate from plate to plate of 10 microns (equivalent to a ½ % dot on a 175 line screen, a ¼ % dot on an 85 line screen). If Tri-Point is good enough for those CTP devices to produce that level of register repeatability from plate to plate why wouldn't’t the same Tri-Point system also work as well for automated in-line punch/benders?
After years of proven performance in both the newspaper and commercial printing markets, Burgess guarantees the same register repeatability tolerances for both their patented Electronic Tri-Point Robotic PIN Register System and "B-Opts" Optical/Tri-Point Robotic Dual Register System for CTP and here's why: Again, the critical key to register on press is: repeatability of the CTP device, repeatability of the punch/bend system and the register relationship between the image and the punched, formed plate bends.
When is "B-Opts" optical or vision register applicable? Typically it should be considered when:
> Using 3 or more brands of CTP devices
> Press manufacturers require it
See how our benders are built and how that directly effects maintaining register performance...
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