Easy to use and portable Quality Management System

The AniCAM 3D Scanning Microscope is a very professional instrument – it’s operation is really simple: To take a reading simply place the portable camera system on top of your gravure cylinder, select the appropriate setup and click the 3D Scan button. The readings are shown in the Info section, where you also enter the Job name, cylinder-ID and operator name. The system generates a report which can be printed or the data can be exported to the CMS Cylinder Management System.

Why Gravure Cylinder Quality Control?

The AniCAM Gravure QC was developed for gravure printers where Management and Quality Control of their cylinders is desired. In particular
for inhouse recording of cylinder data, condition during use, and to enable financial planning for refurbishing or replacement.


Measuring the actual opening, depth and volume on copper and subsequently chrome cells is becoming more important for quality control purposes during the manufacturing process. Engraving mechanically with styluses or using a laser – it is important to analyse the engraving results regarding shape, depth, angles and consistency.

Variations can lead to considerably different depths and volumes which cannot be detected when making theoretical calculations.


Using the AniCAM System and Gravure QC application helps to establish the quantity of ink required for a job. The quality of worn, refurbished or replaced cylinders can be compared to the original, important when establishing the characteristics for print.

Knowing the condition and wear of each cylinder in the inventory enables the printer to schedule refurbishing and replacements of cylinders. Knowing that the cylinders have been properly cleaned and do not hold ink or varnish residue can save many hours of press set up time.


X/Y-Axis Micro-Adjusters

The X/Y micro adjusters have been developed to allow users to move the analysis head of the camera laterally up to 10 mm (±5 mm) along the x-axis and across the y-axis by turning the feet to assist in finding special engravings.

Exact Y-positioning: The Y-axis adjustment turns the wheels of the AniCAMs feet. As a unique feature this assures a constant distance of the whole measuring area to the camera – regardless the amount of movement.

Stylus Analysis Option

Stylus angle measurement: Simple stylus mount and software to check the angle and condition of the stylus. The hardware mount supports OHIO, HELL and MDC styluses. The software allows the visual representation of the stylus for condition and to measure the angle to ±0.1 degree.

Product Specifications
Chrome and Copper Gravure Cylinders (20 – 200 lpcm | 50 – 500 lpi)
Minimum roll/cylinder diameter: 3.25“ / 82 mm.
Volume calculation in cm3/m2 or BCM
Measurements: • Cell Volume • Cell depth • Cell screen count • Cell opening & height • Cell wall width • Cell angle • Channel width • Engraving angle
Geometric measurements
Averaged readings over n sections across the roll

Images are taken by the camera and transferred via USB to the PC. The image analysis and calculations are done by the dedicated Gravure QC Application. Software based Vibration detection and suppression (4 levels). Digital Zoom range 1:1 up to 6:1.

Volume readings: typically better than ± 2% @ 12cm3/m2 | 8 BCM

.gcp format (incl. 2D/3D info); JPEG and BMP (bitmap export)

1 co-axial and 2 x 9 radial white light LEDs (SW-controlled)

Technical Specifications

Mono CMOS camera with 640 x 480 pixel resolution, 
USB2.0 Control via PC,
External ac power supply.

Three lenses (x04, x10 and x20)

AniCAM: 21 x 12.5 x 21 cm (W x D x H)
AniCAM Case: 40 x 30 x 16 cm (W x D x H)
AniCAM: 2.9 kg / 6.5 lbs
AniCAM with Case: 5.4 kg / 12.0 lbs
Temperature: 16° – 32° C / 60° – 90° F
Humidity: 40% – 60%, non-condensing

Intel or AMD processor, 2+ GHz, 4+ GB RAM, 1024 x 768, 24-bit Display, USB2.0, 150+ GB hard disk space.

Cylinder Management System (CMS)
Additional QC Applications (see separate brochures):
FlexoPlate/Sleeve Analysis and Anilox Analysis
ACP AniCAM Certification Package for X/Y/Z and Volume calibration
Annual Service Contract | GTM Online Training and Support

Stylus Holder + Stylus inspection application software