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3 CTP devices into 2 punch/bender, bar coding, plate rotator, crossover conveyor bridge, transport, dual level sort-stack stations, dual-level plate elevator - 500 plates per hour

The imaged plates leave the 3 CTP devices in a portrait orientation and are fed through two Punch/Bend lines. Crossover Conveyor Bridges are available between the lines in the event one of the Punch/Bend lines becomes unavailable.  “On Command” Traffic Control manages the travel of the plates from each CTP device tracking them each step of the way. The plates must be processed, press notched, bent, sorted and stacked into sorting bins and Bar Coding can be used to Sort-Stack plates into specific bins.

Plate management and handling

In this application plates are rotated after punching and bending to facilitate the proper orientation to be sorted and stacked into Dual Level Sort-Stack Stations. The Dual Level Sort-Stack Stations are fed by a Dual-Level Plate Elevator which delivers the plates to the upper or lower level Sort-Stack bins based on bar code information that was scanned in the punch/bender. Any number of sort-stack bins can be added on in-line and Bar Coding can be used to Sort-Stack plates into specific bins. A Dummy (blank) Plate loader/unloader can be inserted into one or more of the punch/bend lines to facilitate automated creation of Dummy (blank) plates. These units also have the added benefit of automatically unloading plates from the line in the event the punch/bend line becomes unavailable. This allows the high speed CTP device to continue operating at full speed until the bender comes back on line or the off-loaded plates are fed into another punch/bend line. This Plate Management System will handle up to 500 plates per hour dependent upon plate size(s) and configuration.

Burgess Solutions utilized in this system:
- The Burgess Plate Manager
- On Command Bar Coding
- AutoBend Punch/Bender
- Rotators, Bridge Units
- Dual Level Sorting and Stacking
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