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Sibress launches plate measuring device

Manufacturer of measuring and analysis systems for quality control in flexographic and packaging printing, Sibress, has developed and launched a new device.

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The mobile measuring device enables users to analyse flexographic plates with a depth of more than 1350µm.

FADS3D is a mobile measuring device for two- and three-dimensional analysis of flexographic plates and can additionally be used in semi-automatic mode for measuring metal-backed photopolymer printing plates for letterpress.

Patent-pending, the new FADS3D solution uses a high-resolution camera to capture the surface and recessed sections of dots and their base on the flexo plate. As well as standard plate measurement functions, the device can determine precise depth measurements based on digital images captured using Z-stacking.

This technology means the device can accurately measure the relief of flexo plates with a depth of over 1350µm.

Once a reading has been made, FADS3D provides a high-resolution 3D view of the captured plate area to be examined by the user. 

Other capabilities of the device include storing measurement curves and automated creation of measurement reports. 

Michael Romanowski, managing director of Sibress, comments: “FADS3D is the universal solution for quality control of flexo printing plates – from platemaking at repro service providers to incoming inspection and inventory control functions at packaging printers.

“In addition to several metrological refinements, our new measuring instrument’s sharp reproduction of the entire relief depth range coupled with true 3D visualisation make it a simple matter to check the results of the washing process in detail, for example, or the condition of archived flexo plates before they are reused.”

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