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Plate Pod Elevators

Plate PodsWithin each of the eight Plate Pod Elevator Towers reside a pair of Plate Pods. Each Plate Pod unit feeds either the upper or the lower press deck with four plates. They are fed plates in a horizontal orientation into the pods by a Plate Indexer which resides on the mezzanine above.

Once the plates have been fed into the plate pods, the pods rotate to a vertical orientation. The pods lower inside the elevator shafts to each the upper and lower press decks. On each deck floor resides a control panel which directs the press operator via a touch screen control panel as to which plates are available for each press cylinder.

Once the plates are oriented, the control panel alerts the operator by lights and audio signal. The green lights indicate the plate is available and the door will open, allowing the operator to take the plates for installation on press. If damage should occur to a plate while being put on press, the operator is able to re-order a plate via the touch screen.

Below each plate pod area is a mobile plate cart for disposal. Press operators simply drop the plate into the carts which are wheeled out to be emptied and recycled.

Plate Pod Elevator for feeding plates to upper and lower press decks

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Plate Elevators and Remote Delivery Systems
 » Flat Printing Plate Stackers w. carts for press side delivery
 » Printing Plate Indexing with carts for storage or delivery press side
 » Single Level Printing Plate Highway with Sort Stack Stations
 » Dual Level Printing Plate Highway with Sort Stack Stations
 » Vertical Printing Plate Elevators for delivery on multiple floors
 » Bar Style Printing Plate Elevators for delivery on multiple floors
 » Plate Pod Printing Plate Elevators for delivery on multiple floors

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