Sibress Announces Plate Measuring Device

STARNBERG, GERMANY | Sibress, manufacturer of measuring and analysis systems for the quality control of flexographic and packaging printing, offers the FlexoControl 3D Plus plate measuring device for the analysis of production parameters during flexographic plate production. Said to be easy to use, the system can measure grids on flexographic plates in a fineness between 30 and 85/cm (80–216 lpi).

FlexoControl 3D Plus has an optical system with increased optical enlargement, which company says better and more precisely captures the side and flank view of the grid points. The tool was also developed to measure relief depths, flank angles as well as the base (ground area) of the printing points.

The device captures the surface as well as the lower areas of grid points and their base from the side. Two cameras record the surface and flanks of the grid points, whereby the side camera can detect the entire visible area thanks to a newly developed method. The new aperture control of the side camera additionally permits the exact adjustment to the lighting or the requirements of different plate materials and grids. Both functions together reportedly make it possible to show every point in the image in razor sharp resolution, to display the finest details and ensure a high level of measurement accuracy.

All grid points in the active measuring range are captured and analyzed and evaluated by the Versatile@flex-software. With split screen mode, images can be compared directly with each other. The user sees the evaluation of parameters such as the grid tone value, grid width, point diameter, as well as point scope on the one side. Other functions include the measurement of color controls, CMYK evaluations, statistics, the saving of measurement curves, or the automatic creation of measurement protocols with images in PDF format.

Together with an optional laser edged calibrating target, fully automatic calibration ensures the permanent accuracy of measurements. The device is available in a mobile version consisting of a measuring device and transparency unit or as a stationary model.

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