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Vision System Upgrade

The Digital Vision System is a groundbreaking upgrade tailored for modern flexo plate mounting. Designed to replace outdated analogue systems, it combines advanced digital camera technology with sophisticated software to deliver unmatched precision, clarity, and efficiency. Transitioning to this digital platform not only ensures crystal-clear register marks but also enhances productivity, extends equipment lifespan, and minimises unplanned downtimes. Embrace a future where clarity meets efficiency in flexo plate mounting.


  • Improve mount accuracy
  • Increase productivity
  • High magnification (100x) digital cameras
  • Fixed focus camera and lens design (no continual adjustment)
  • Focused industrial LED illumination
  • Industrial PC with operating temperature range of -20C to +70C @ 100% CPU
  • Extend serviceable life
  • Removes risk of unplanned down time
  • Self or Heaford install options available

Key Benefits Explained

High-Resolution Imaging: Achieve crystal-clear images of the register marks, reducing errors and ensuring precise mounting every time.

Increased Productivity: Speed up your mounting process with LED register mark illuminators and high-definition colour images, enhancing accuracy and efficiency.

Extend Mounter’s Operating Life: Boost the longevity and performance of your mounter by eliminating the drawbacks of obsolete analogue systems.

Uniformity Across Machines: Suitable for the entire range of Heaford machines, allowing operators to work on a familiar platform.

Advanced Camera Capabilities: Benefit from the digital camera technology with high magnification, vibrant colours, and HD clarity.

Customisable Vision System Features: Choose between the Standard Vision System for narrow web or the Enhanced Vision System for mid and wide web.

Reliable Performance: Our fan-less industrial computer operates efficiently from -20°C to +70°C at 100% CPU.

Flexo Plate Mounter FAQs

Please see below the most common questions we’re asked about our flexographic plate mounting machines from our customers, if you need to know anymore, then please get in touch with our friendly team using the form below.

What is a flexo plate mounter?

Different flexo plate mounters are available to cater to various printing applications and requirements. The specific types of mounters may vary depending on the manufacturer and their product offerings. Here are some common types of flexo plate mounters.

Narrow Web Plate Mounters;

  • They are designed for narrow web applications such as labels, tags, and
  • These plate mounters are typically suitable for web widths up to 850mm (33 incles).
  • They are compact and offer high precision for smaller-scale printing operations.

Medium Web Plate Mounters;

  • Ideal for medium-sized web applications, including flexible packaging
  • These plate mounters can handle web widths ranging from 900mm (35”) to 1500mm (59”)1200mm (47 inches).

Wide Web Plate Mounters;

  • They are specifically designed for wide web applications, such as large-format flexible packaging, paper and corrugated printing,
  • Wide web plate mounters can handle widths exceeding 3600mm (142 inches).
  • They are equipped with robust features to handle the demands of larger-scale printing.

Corrugated Post Print Mounters:

  • They are tailored for the corrugated packaging industry.
  • These plate mounters are designed to handle large carrier sheets used in post-print corrugated applications.
  • They can accommodate carrier sheet sizes exceeding 2000mm (78 inches) in width.

What factors should be considered when choosing a flexographic plate mounter?

When choosing a flexographic plate mounter, several factors should be considered to ensure the selection aligns with your specific printing needs. Here are some essential factors to consider;

Plate Size and Compatibility:

  • Assess the range of plate sizes your printing operation requires. Choose a plate mounter that can accommodate the plate sizes you commonly use. Consider the maximum and minimum plate dimensions supported by the machine.
  • Ensure that the plate mounter is compatible with the type of plates you use, such as photopolymer plates, elastomer plates, or others specific to your application.

Web Width:

  • Evaluate the web width of your printing materials. Different plate mounters are designed to handle various web widths, ranging from narrow to wide web applications.
  • Select a plate mounter that can accommodate the specific web width you work with to ensure proper plate alignment and registration.

Automation and Technology:

  • Consider the level of automation and technology incorporated into the plate mounter. Advanced features such as high-resolution cameras, intelligent software, and user-friendly interfaces can enhance efficiency and accuracy in the plate mounting process.
  • Evaluate the degree of automation that suits your requirements and the ease of use for operators.

Application-Specific Requirements:

  • Identify the specific needs of your printing application. Different industries have unique requirements, such as label printing, flexible packaging, corrugated post-print, etc. Ensure the plate mounter you choose is suitable for your specific application.

Speed and Productivity:

  • Assess the speed and productivity capabilities of the plate mounter. Consider the setup time required for plate mounting and the machine’s overall production capacity.
  • Choose a plate mounter that aligns with your desired production output and meets the demands of your printing operations.

Integration with Existing Workflow:

  • Determine whether the plate mounter can seamlessly integrate with your existing prepress workflow, including compatibility with file formats and integration with other equipment or software you use.

After-Sales Support and Maintenance:

  • Evaluate the after-sales support and maintenance services provided by the manufacturer. Consider factors such as technical support availability, training resources, and maintenance agreements to ensure the long-term performance and reliability of the plate mounter.

How can I prevent problems with my flexographic plate mounter?

Preventing problems with your flexographic plate mounter is essential to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Here are some preventive measures and best practices to help you avoid issues and maintain the efficiency of your plate mounter;

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for routine cleaning and maintenance of the plate mounter.
  • Keep the machine and its components clean from dust, debris, and adhesive residues to prevent interference with the plate alignment process.
  • Lubricate moving parts as recommended to ensure smooth operation.

Register Your Interest

Get in touch now to register your interested in the vision system upgrade. Our friendly, professional team is waiting to help you with all your enquiries.

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