A method for handling printing plates includes moving the printing plates
from a first process station to a second station by a printing plate
holder. The process stations are all arranged on a cylinder
circumferential surface around a mid-axis, and it is possible for all to
be opened out by the printing plate holder in the same way as with a
distributor for the purpose of input or output. An apparatus for handling
printing plates has a printing plate holder containing at least two
mutually parallel, intercoupled holding decks for printing plates which
can be pivoted about a common axis of rotation. The holder is located in
the vicinity of the process stations and is suitable for transporting a
printing plate from a first process station to a second station.
Therefore, different types of printing plate can be handled manually,
automatically or partly automatically in a less complex structure.