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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
• A detailed color interface panel with internet connectivity for diagnostics, plus another input panel at the back of the machine for retrieving finished plates • Tool-free brush replacement that takes minutes instead of hours • A cleaner washout system that pre-washes the black carbon layer from digital plates without getting the rest of the processor dirty • A more ergonomic design: loading and unloading of plates below chest-level, safer than having to use step stools to access finished plates When asked to comment on the key performance indicators that interest platemakers in the automatic plate processor tech- nology, P.J . Fronczkiewicz, product manager, Flint Group, said, “ In the U.S. , we are currently benchmarking the key benefits of the nyloflex® APP in partnership with Cyber Graphics. ” “ T he company in Europe where the first automatic plate processor was installed already has more than one year of experience with the nyloflex® APP. The plate department headcount requirements were reduced by two people, and the three shift operation was consolidated into two shifts,” Fronczkiewicz continued. The firm also reported a reduction in energy consumption, as two 52-in. X 80-in. washers, plus one dryer could be taken off line after installation of the nyloflex® APP. Energy savings also came from the plate processor, which operates much more efficiently. “T hat’s because it has separate drying chambers for every two plates, meaning a smaller volume to maintain tempera- Table 1 Transparency is not just a business term - the nyloflex® APP system allows operators to visually monitor the process. 40 FLEXO june 2012 www.flexography.org