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  • Digital Printing

    Digital large-format printers for almost all roll and plate materials – versatile and luminous.

Polytype America and swissQprint Launch a New Generation Flatbed UV Printer to North America

15.07.2014 - Mahwah, NJ – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce the introduction of swissQprint‘s Nyala 2 New Generation Flatbed UV Printer. It is now the largest, most productive and efficient printer in the Swiss manufacturer's product range.

The new swissQprint Nyala 2 printer is visually similar to its predecessor the Nyala, and the machine size is the same. Surprisingly, the printing table of the Nyala 2 is 25% larger than its sister model at 3.2 x 2 meters. This is where the engineering prowess of the Swiss developers is most prominent. The unit couldn't be more compact. The device can be transported in one piece, which keeps the start-up time at a minimum, and ensures the functional stability of the already robust machine. While the initial investment will be higher than that for the largest swissQprint machine so far, put into perspective, the Nyala 2 produces the lowest costs per square foot when used optimally. The Nyala 2 will be commercially available in September and will debut in the U.S. market at SGIA in Las Vegas, NV in October.

 

„We are proud to offer a high quality equipment solution at an affordable price to the most discerning clients in the digital printing sector,“ states Polytype America‘s President Peter Andrich. „Subsequently, as their business grows, we want to arm our clients and move them into larger, more productive equipment.“

 

„Polytype America is proud to introduce the swissQprint Nyala 2 UV printer to the North American market.“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales-Digital at Polytype America, „The Nyala 2 is the perfect solution for a customer who needs the highest quality and production capability.“

 

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group subsidiary that sells and services Polytype UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services swissQprint’s flatbed/roll-to-roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also exclusively sells and services the NQ 32, a 3.2 M Hybrid UV printer and the NKM 21, a 4‘ x 8‘ flatbed/roll-to-roll UV printer sold only through our preferred dealer network. PAC provides service and support on all Polytype and partner printers.


WIFAG-Polytype makes it possible to do water-based ink-jet digital printing on aluminum and plastic substrates

08.07.2014 - Successful open house to mark the beginning of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG

A successful open house in Fribourg, Switzerland in June 2014 set WIFAG and Polytype Converting off on their joint future together under the name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG. About 50 experts from the fields of newspaper printing, coating and converting had a chance to find out about the newly named company and its strong orientation toward R&D and customer projects. The highlight came with the premiere performance of the pilot version of the Techma-4 printing press. On this roll-to-roll system, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies gave its first-ever demonstration of digital printing with water-based ink-jet inks on plastic and aluminum foils. The technology is also suitable for printing on food packaging.

 

The Techma-4 supplements the already extensive machinery at the technology center in Fribourg, which industrial customers often use for testing purposes.  The digital printing line can print 680 mm wide foil and paper webs at a speed of up to 100 m/min in four colors wet-on-wet. Downstream of that is a 4.5-meter hybrid drying section (infrared with changeable wave length plus hot-air drying).

 

One focal point of the open house was CEO Jörgen Karlsson's presentation on WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG . Another was the lecture given by Roger Ineichen, Head of Digital Printing.  In it, he explained in detail the expanded possibilities offered by WIFAG-Polytype's own ink-jet printing technology. Lars Sommerhäuser, Head of Ink-jet Inks and Materials, presented the additional expertise in ink-jet inks and in receiving and functional layers that was added when an entire development team was transferred from Ilford.

 

In a tour of the facility in Fribourg, Switzerland, the open house guests saw a demonstration of the Techma-4 as well as four-color printing on plastic cups and tubes with ink-jet systems. The latter optimally combine the expertise of Polytype AG with the technology of the Digital Competence Center of the corporate group.

 

The "still can" production line was also shown. It produces and fills this new type of composite-foil beverage packaging that is ultra-lightweight and that cuts down on the material used. It is based on a material developed by Huhtamaki and on mechanical engineering and process technology from Polytype.

 

WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG and Polytype AG represent two of the four business areas of WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG. Both are headquartered in Fribourg, Switzerland.


WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is readying an important technology for the market: water-based ink-jet printing on plastics, aluminum and paper substrates

17.06.2014 - WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG renamed / Now with its own comprehensive in ink-jet inks and functional layers

WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG -- an internationally renowned maker of newspaper and book printing presses with a venerable history of more than 100 years -- has renamed itself. The new name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG (based in Fribourg, Switzerland) means the company is now synonymous with customer-specific total solutions in the areas of printing, coating and converting. WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is providing yet another forward-looking technology that promises to appeal to many sectors, namely, water-based industrial ink-jet digital printing on plastics, aluminum and paper substrates.

The new name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG expresses the enormous breadth of the portfolio of this company, which is part of the Swiss-based wifag//polytype Group. At WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, software and automation expertise are now together under a single roof with mechanical engineering and materials know-how.

Here is what "total solutions from WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG" means:
– Mechanical engineering for printing, coating and converting machines geared exactly to what customers want;
– Conventional and digital process solutions developed in partnership with customers;
– own automation and control station technology;
– own software and ink-jet inks and primers developed in-house.

All this was made possible by the strategic purchasing of specialized companies begun in 2007 and the ongoing expansion of our existing team of experts. Polytype Converting AG will initially remain a subsidiary but is expected to be merged with WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG in early 2015. The previous WIFAG and Polytype Converting subsidiaries located in Germany, China, the United States, and elsewhere will stay unchanged.


Ink-jet printing demonstrated at open house
Jörgen Karlsson, CEO of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, presented his company's comprehensive range of capabilities for the first time at an open house held in Fribourg, Switzerland in early June 2014. It was attended by about 50 representatives of big, well-known companies from the international newspaper, packaging and coating industries.

The new pilot version of the Techma-4 printing press was shown in operation at this open house. It can print with water-based industrial ink-jet inks on plastic films, aluminum and paper-based substrates, e.g. food packaging. Other focal points of the open house for customers were the digital printing advances developed in-house and the new Competence Center Fluid Technologies. This center came about when WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG took on a complete R&D team from Ilford.


Broad portfolio and comprehensive expertise
A wealth of additional expertise has been accumulated in recent years at the two famous companies WIFAG and Polytype Converting. Both can look back on a long tradition, the former in newspaper printing, the latter in coating and converting technology. Both stand for unsurpassed Swiss quality in mechanical engineering.

The corporate group added drying technology, inter alia, to its portfolio on acquiring a majority stake in Pagendarm (Hamburg, Germany) in 2007 and digital printing on purchasing Spühl in 2008. Sales of the Virtu line of link-fault pass-through (LFP) machines had been largely discontinued. Nonetheless, the experts from Spühl formed the core for the new Digital Competence Center of the wifag//polytype Group, which opened up whole new possibilities to the entire corporate group. The Automation Competence Center has a similar story. There, the expertise of WIFAG and Solna (taken over in 2011) was recently supplemented by the addition of a team that had previously worked for EAE in Ahrensburg.

Other technology innovators emphasize PR and announcements whereas WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG does not. Jörgen Karlsson: "We have no song-and-dance shows at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG." WIFAG and Polytype Converting have made great strides in advancing industrial digital printing. The Swiss printing and coating experts are probably the first to have gotten water-based ink-jet digital printing ready for the market, a technology that is also suitable for food packaging. WPT is currently working jointly with two different customers on solutions for printing on aluminum foil and on a total solution for printing on paper-based substrates. The latter is intended to replace a conventional intaglio printing process in this product segment soon.

In early 2014, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG took a final crucial step for guiding these projects to a successful close. It was at that time it took over the ten-person R&D team from Ilford Imaging, a Swiss company that had become insolvent. Lars Sommerhäuser and his team brought expertise in ink-jet inks, primer solutions and functional layers to WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG. The Swiss technology company can now offer precisely matched solutions without having to rely on outside ink experts, for example.


Customer projects and OEM partnerships
Besides these key developmental partnerships in coating and printing, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is of course already a successful supplier of OEM technology in its own right. For instance WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG provides the "digital engine" for the dmax digital off-line varnishing system from the Swiss manufacturer Steinemann.

In addition, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG makes available digital printing technology for the other companies in the wifag//polytype Group. As a result, Polytype AG has already been able to provide customers with the first digital printing machines for printing on plastic cups.

 

wifag//polytype Group now with four business areas
With newspaper printing and coating technology under a single roof at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, the wifag//polytype Group now comprises four business areas:
– WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG
– Polytype AG (machinery for printing on cups and tubes)
– Mall Herlan GmbH (machinery for producing printed metal bottles and cans)
– Wifac BV (trading company for graphical products).

WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG (Fribourg, Switzerland) is the holding company and is fully owned by the Ursula-Wirz-Stiftung.

 

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Competence in Research and Development will be strengthened

28.11.2013 - //polytype Converting AG (Fribourg, Switzerland), the leading manufacturer of high-end coating and laminating systems, has now set the direction within the Group for the market offensive it launched in September 2013: It intends to set up production to be more flexible so the multifaceted portfolio of solutions can be implemented worldwide. And production has to move closer to the markets.

Strategic alliances and cooperation arrangements will be given a different priority in the future and competence in research and development will be strengthened at the core facilities in Fribourg, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany.

The two inter-group Digital Competence Center and Automation Competence Center are already operating with great success and have allowed developmental engineers in Fribourg to provide forward-looking and innovative printing and coating solutions to all business areas of the wifag//polytype Group. //polytype also runs a large test center in Fribourg for coating and lamination, which naturally has a digital production line as well. The quality and excellent reputation of the //polytype systems are based not least on this intensive R&D activity.

In addition, more priority than ever is being given to sales, customer-based development and project management plus service and after-sales activities in Fribourg and Hamburg. With the restructuring of tasks within the internationally operating //polytype Converting AG, production steps will be shifted away from the facility in western Switzerland. That might result in personnel cuts in the months ahead in Fribourg. The extent of these cuts is expected to be in the low double-digit range but will depend on the markets in which //polytype is successful with its expanded portfolio.

However, there is no credence at all to the announcement by the Swiss union Employés Suisse that the entire Fribourg facility of //polytype Converting AG is endangered. The union has since explicitly apologized for misinforming the public with this story, which was also picked up by several media.

In an interview with a trade journal in late November, the CEO of //polytype Converting AG, Jörgen Karlsson, clarified that the company would stand by the facilities in Fribourg and in Hamburg: "Our most important assets are our employees and we have a very good and experienced team in Fribourg and in Hamburg."

 

 

 


Polytype America Introduces the new Polytype NQ32 3.2 Meter 3‐in‐1 UV Production Printer

24.10.2013 - October 23, 2013, Orlando, FL – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce the introduction of the NQ32 3‐in‐1 Grand Format UV printer to the North American and World markets. The NQ 32 will debut at the SGIA Show in Orlando Florida on October 23‐25, 2013. The NQ32 is a patent pending 3.2 Meter combination flatbed/roll‐to‐roll printer giving you the ultimate in printing flexibility.

„The NQ 32 solution fills a market void that offers few alternatives in the 40‐80 boards per hour
market“ states Polytype America‘s President, Peter Andrich. „The NQ 32 focuses on excellent
quality at high speed laid down through droplets of 10pl to 30pl full grayscale.“

„Polytype America is proud to introduce the NQ32 3‐in‐1 UV printer to the North American and
Worldwide market at SGIA.“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales‐Digital at Polytype America, „The
NQ 32 is the newest in leading edge Grand Format printing technology offering the latest in
print head technology , leading edge color technology and true production speed.“ „The NQ 32
will be available directly through Polytype America in the North American market and through
our preferred dealer network worldwide.“

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group company that sells and services Polytype
UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services directly
swissQprint’s flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also exclusively
and sells and services the Jetrix 2030, a 6.5‘ x 10‘ flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printer only through our
preferred dealer network. PAC provides service and support on all Polytype and partner printers.

James Cain, Director of Sales – Digital
Phone: 201‐962‐959414:23 24.10.2013
Email: JC@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com

 

 


Polytype America Introduces the Jetrix 2030 6.5’x10’ Flatbed UV Printer to North America

24.10.2013 - Polytype America Introduces the Jetrix 2030 6.5’x10’ Flatbed UV Printer to North America October 23, 2013, Orlando, FL – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce our sales and service partnership with Ink Tec/Jetrix of South Korea and the introduction of the Jetrix 2030 Grand Format UV flatbed printer to the North American market. The Jetrix 2030 will debut at the SGIA Show in Orlando Florida on October 23‐25, 2013. The Jetrix 2030 is a 6.5’ x 10’ combination flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printer giving you the ultimate in printing flexibility sold exclusively through the Polytype Dealer Network in North America and is targeted at the first time UV flatbed printer user in the Sign, Screen and associated markets.

„We are proud to offer a high quality equipment solution at an affordable price to new entrants
in the digital printing sector,“ states Polytype America‘s President Peter Andrich.
„Subsequently, as the business grows, we an accompany our clients and move them into larger
equipment.“

„Polytype America is proud to introduce the Jetrix 2030 UV printer to the North American and
Worldwide market at SGIA.“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales‐Digital at Polytype America, „The
Jetrix 2030 is the perfect solution for the first time flatbed user in UV technology.“ „The Jetrix
2030 boasts two rows of print heads with 6 colors available plus white and primer (for glass
applications). The Jetrix 2030 will be available exclusively through the Polytype America
preferred dealer network in North America.“

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group subsidiary that sells and services Polytype
UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services swissQprint’s
flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also exclusively and sells and
services the Jetrix 2030, a 6.5‘ x 10‘ flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printer only through our preferred
dealer network. PAC provides service and support on all Polytype and partner printers.

About Ink Tec Co., Ltd
InkTec Co., Ltd is well known as a leading Korean company that specializes in the development
and manufacturing of superior quality inks for desktop printers, large‐format printers, UV
plotters and printed electronic solutions and its applications. Since 2002, we have been
importing and distributing InkTec quality products here in the U.S. as a U.S. subsidiary. Unlike
other e‐commerce sites and dealers, as an ink manufacturer and product developer, we are
confident in only providing superior quality products and friendly, reliable customer service to
our valuable customers. With our worldwide business experience in 120 countries, we promise
you a satisfying shopping experience and outstanding customer service.

James Cain, Director of Sales – Digital
Phone: 201‐962‐9594
Email: JC@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com


Polytype America announces Introduction of the AMAZ‐iNK!™ UV Cured, Solvent and Eco‐Solvent ink products to the North American and worldwide markets.

24.10.2013 - October 23, 2013, Orlando, FL – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce the introduction of the AMAZ‐iNK!™ UV Cured, Solvent and Eco‐Solvent ink products to the North American and worldwide markets.

„Polytype America is delighted to introduce the AMAZ‐iNK!™ line of UV Cured, Solvent and Eco‐
Solvent inks to our client base and to the market as a whole.“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales‐
Digital at Polytype America, „The AMAZ‐iNK!™ product line is specifically formulated to
Polytype specifications and can be used in a wide variety of UV, Solvent and Eco‐Solvent
printers. AMAZ‐iNK!™ will be available exclusively through the Polytype America preferred
dealer network in North America and worldwide“.

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group subsidiary that sells and services Polytype
UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services directly
swissQprint’s flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also exclusively
and sells and services the Jetrix 2030, a 6.5‘ x 10‘ flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printer only through our
preferred dealer network. PAC provides service, support and finance options on all Polytype and
partner printers.

James Cain, Director of Sales – Digital
Phone: 201‐962‐9594
Email: JC@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com


Polytype America announces our partnership with Innova Art and the introduction of the Jet

24.10.2013 - Polytype America announces our partnership with Innova Art and the introduction of the Jet Master Display Framing Systems product line to the North American and worldwide markets.

October 23, 2013, Mahwah, NJ – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce a master
distribution agreement in North America and worldwide and introduction of the Innova Art Jet
Master Display Framing System family of products to the North American and worldwide
markets. The Jet Master framing family consists of both Rigid Panel frames and corrugated prefolded
flat pack frames with a myriad of indoor uses.

„Polytype America is proud to introduce the Innova Art Jet Master Display Framing System
family of products to our client base and to the market as a whole.“ states Jim Cain, Director of
Sales‐Digital at Polytype America, „The Innova Art Jet Master Display Framing System product
line is compatible with flatbed UV printers and is truly an innovative alternative to the common
stretch canvas“. The Innova Art Jet Master Display Framing System will be available exclusively
through the Polytype America preferred dealer network in North America and worldwide.
"Innova is very excited about working with Polytype America“, states Wayne Connelly, Director
of Sales, Innova Art, „The SwissQpirnt and Jetrix printers are perfect matches for the JetMaster
Display System and our NEW direct print rigid Photo Panel."

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group company that sells and services Polytype
UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services directly
swissQprint’s flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also exclusively
and sells and services the Jetrix 2030, a 6.5‘ x 10‘ flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printer only through our
preferred dealer network. PAC provides service and support and finance options on all Polytype
and partner printers.

About Innova Art
Innova Art is a specialist supplier of high quality Photographic and Fine Art substrates for giclée
and inkjet printing and a number of innovative and niche applications within the ever increasing
digital printing markets. With our partners we manufacture, convert, pack and brand to our
clients needs.

James Cain, Director of Sales – Digital
Phone: 201‐962‐9594
Email: JC@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com


Polytype America unveils a new Digital Printing Division

24.10.2013 - October 23, 2013, Orlando, FL – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce an enhanced portfolio of its Grand Format Digital Printing business in North America. After last year’s corporate reorganization of the Digital Printing division, Polytype America has taken the lead role in formulating a broader range of products in the Grand Format Digital Printing business for Polytype in North America and on the world market.

„Today we can respond to a broader range of market requirements in the Grand Format Digital
Printing segment“ states Polytype America‘s President Peter Andrich, „Besides a broader range
of equipment choices, including highly performing ink solutions and unique media products.“

„Polytype America is proud to be the driving force in enhancing our Grand Format Digital
Printing priorities in North America and Worldwide“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales‐Digital at
Polytype America, „We are focused on building a world‐class division with the goal of providing
leading edge technology and innovation to the world market.“

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group subsidiary that sells and services Polytype
UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services swissQprint’s
flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also provides service and
support on all Polytype printers.


James Cain, Director of Sales – Digital
Phone: 201‐962‐959414:23 24.10.2013
Email: JC@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com


Polytype America Corporation announces partnership with Shuttleworth Integrated Product Handling

24.10.2013 - October 23, 2013, Orlando, FL – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce our partnership with Shuttleworth Integrated Product Handling Solutions. Shuttleworth will provide Polytype America with standard and customizable automation solutions for Grand Format printing in conjunction with the introduction of the Polytype NQ 32 3‐in‐1 UV printer being debuted at SGIA on October 23 in Orlando, FL. Shuttleworth will consult, design and construct feeding, conveyor and stacking solutions compatible with the PAC customer base.

„Polytype America is proud to have Shuttleworth Integrated Product Handling Solutions as our
automation partner.“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales‐Digital at Polytype America, „Shuttleworth’s
commitment to quality and their engineering expertise in creating automated solutions for the Grand
Format printing industry mirrors Polytype’s 110 year commitment to providing high quality, swiss
engineerd solutions to our client base.“
„Shuttleworth LLC is both honored and excited to be selected as Polytype America’s Material Handling
Solutions Provider,“ states Todd Eckert, Marketing Manager at Shuttleworth. „We look forward to the
unique challenges presented by this opportunity to address the need for modular, phased, flexible
automation in the graphic arts industry, while maintaining the ultimate in gentle product handling. We
look forward to a long and mutually profitable relationship with both Polytype America and their client
base.“

About Polytype America Corp.
Polytype America Corporation, (PAC) is the Polytype Group subsidiary that sells and services Polytype UV
digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services swissQprint’s flatbed/rollto‐
roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also exclusively and sells and services the Jetrix 2030, a
6.5‘ x 10‘ flatbed/roll‐to‐roll UV printer only through our preferred dealer network. PAC provides service
and support on all Polytype and partner printers.

About Shuttleworth
Shuttleworth, part of the Pro Mach group of packaging companies, provides Integrated Material Handling
Solutions using innovative technology and experienced problem solving specialists to improve your
Printer load, unload, and End of Line packaging processes. We design, manufacture, install and support
worldwide solutions to transport, accumulate, pattern form, divide, combine, index, position, stack, sort,
reject, and control your product in the printing, paper and plastic conversion, flat and formed glass
handling, metal, food and healthcare markets in many types of environments including dust free,
industrial, wash down, and explosion proof. We strive to increase your production efficiency, business
profitability, and maximize ROI while minimizing your risk through our proven process. Every
Shuttleworth solution comes with an unmatched “Shuttleworth LLC Performance Guarantee.“


James Cain, Director of Sales – Digital
Phone: 201‐962‐959414:23 24.10.2013
Email: JC@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com


//wifag at WPE 2013 in Berlin

26.09.2013 - Be Competitive - Stay Competitive //wifag will be meeting with the key partners from the newspaper print industry on their stand in hall 2.2, stand 510 at the World Publishing Expo 2013 from 7 to 9 October in Berlin.

Under the motto “Be Competitive - Stay Competitive” customers can learn more about our innovative range of press and automation products as well as customized service solutions to enhance productivity and profitability in their print process.
 
Discover why automation is important today and will remain so in the future
The //wifag automation solutions form the focal point of //wifag's market initiative
"Be Competitive - Stay Competitive". The Swiss machinery manufacturer has developed a consistent modular approach to automation, both for new machines and for retrofit packages. It makes machines more efficient and easier to maintain while also enabling them to be more productive automatically. 
 
Digital Competence
The wifag//polytype Group is one of the broadest and most flexible technology companies today in the printing, packaging and converting and coating industry. Digital Printing was expanded from a group business area to the new Digital Competence Center (the DCC) at the start of 2013. Ever since, it has been pushing for research and development of future technologies and has also ensured equal access to these technologies for all product lines and markets. Today the DCC offers nearly all components for digital printing from its own development work.

In addition to printing presses for producing newspapers and books, wifag//polytype also serves the markets for metal packaging (production technology for manufacturing steel and aluminum aerosol cans, aluminum bottles and tubes), plastic containers (printing presses for printing on plastic cups and lids as well as plastic tubes), as well as for coating and lamination (production lines for producing multi-layered films and papers). 
 
S-Line
The new //wifag S-Line is a highly automated and modular press to meet the current operational and financial constraints in the global markets. At the WPE, the competitive
S-Line press models will be a focus of discussion for customers with new press projects. 

Welcome to our booth 510 in hall 2.2 at the WPE in Berlin.


//wifag shows its colors when it comes to automation and retrofitting

17.09.2013 - Why automation is important today and will remain so in the future

Fribourg, Switzerland – September 2013 - People continue investing with intelligence and sound judgment in newspaper printing technology in Central and Northern Europe precisely because it is highly advanced technically and is in part a saturated market. Customers do not always want completely new machines.  Companies who want to keep the operating and maintenance costs of their printing consoles under control are focusing on //wifag, a business unit of the wifag//polytype Group (Fribourg, Switzerland), with its automation solutions "Platform" and "Platform plus".

The //wifag automation solutions form the focal point of //wifag's market initiative "Be Competitive – Stay Competitive". The Swiss machinery manufacturer has developed a consistent modular approach to automation, both for new machines and for retrofit packages. It makes machines more efficient and easier to maintain while also enabling them to deliver top quality automatically.

It is only recently that the Rheinisch-Bergische Printing Center (Wuppertal, Germany) and Theiler Druck AG (Wollerau, Switzerland) have issued orders to //wifag that focus on the automation of existing systems.

A decade of practical experience has been incorporated in the "Platform" in the meantime. The automation platform was used in a customer project for the first time in 2003. Since then all //wifag machines across the entire product range have been equipped with this solution.

Reducing costs
Why is automation becoming increasingly important? Companies interested in lowering the operating and maintenance costs of their printing technology are well advised to start with one of the largest cost categories of all – personnel costs. The personnel needed on web printing presses decreases as the degree of automation in these machines increases, such as with the installation of closed-loop systems for color register, color density and sidelay register control. The same can be said, for instance, of automatic roll loading.

A higher level of automation can help to lower the raw material costs  thanks to a lower rate of waste. And modern drive systems need less energy, which is increasingly becoming a reason for investments, given the drastic rise in energy prices. Optimum processes, intelligent remote control and a timely upgrade of control technology therefore help to keep maintenance costs under control. This means secure production, fewer interventions by building services staff plus a reliable and favorably priced supply of spare parts for the long term.

What does the automation platform encompass?
The names "Platform" and "Platform plus" stand for a standardized, modular framework that combines a host of automation tasks.
These include a consistent switching cabinet design for all machine components such as  reelstand, printing unit bridges and folders. Innovative cooling concepts enable switching cabinets to be self-contained. This means that they do not exchange air with their surroundings, which reduces maintenance and keeps the electrical and electronic components in the switching cabinets clean and dust-free for several years. Electrical engineering is standardized thanks to the use of identical components throughout the machine. This approach makes solutions easy to understand and minimizes the diversity of equipment in the spare parts package.

Standard hardware engineering enables standardized modules to be manufactured in software development. Following testing, they can be used repeatedly. This aspect is essential to ensuring a high level of reliability and technical availability for a printing press.

Continuous further development
The "Platform" has undergone continuous further development ever since its first use in a customer project. Its range of functions has been expanded but even more importantly, new technology has been incorporated, including real-time Ethernet, efficient and reliable VPN-based remote control concepts, and modern touch-based controls. //wifag was one of the first companies worldwide to make use of SERCOS III in a machine in daily operation.

Another crucial milestone was the integration of the //wifag systems for color register and cut position control in the automation platform. In addition, mark-based color density control has been added to the product portfolio in the meantime. Functioning systems for this purpose do exist on the market, but //wifag wants to offer a simple, low-maintenance product. This custom development is to be installed for the first time at J.C.C. Bruns in Minden, Germany, in 2014.

//wifag is now in a position to offer customers a consistent solution from a single source and thereby eliminate the need for elaborate and often quite expensive interfaces. The 3-D controller is a functionality that controls cut position, mark-based color registers and color density. It is also installed as a standard item in the new S-Line systems. The use of this controller is not confined to //wifag printing presses. It can be used on nearly every other printing machine.

Facts and figures
A closer look at the installed printing machines equipped with the "Platform" yields impressive figures. For example, over 300 reelstands, 2350 printing units and more than 90 folders have been delivered to and put into operation at customers sites around the globe since 2003. To continue with these statistics, more than 70 //wifag cut-off control systems are installed and there are 190 printing towers in which the color register is monitored by a color register control unit from //wifag. These figures demonstrate that the majority of all shaftless printing machines manufactured by //wifag are fitted with the //wifag automation solution.

Current developments
The further development of the "Platform" has been in full swing for almost ten years. A new single-width roll changer called the //wifag Autopaster A1 has been available since the start of 2013. It is completely based on the //wifag automation platform. Eighteen A1 Autopasters have been delivered since then. The majority are used in daily production operations.

Another key development concerns the control console and planning level. //wifag delivers its latest machines with its own control console technology. The company used the latest technologies to develop these control consoles, which excel in ergonomics and user friendliness. Intelligent visualization of the production process, coupled with intuitive, touch-based controls make it easier for the printing press to monitor newspaper production. As an option, the control consoles can be fitted with a //wifag soft-proof screen.
For production planning and machine presetting, //wifag provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use tool called the Press Manager. Supplementary functions such as reporting  and production statistics are provided as required.

This same platform can be found in the DigiCube, the single-pass digital printing solution.

Complete solution from a single source and according to plan
The entire product portfolio of //wifag automation is not just used in new S-Line systems. Printing machines both from //wifag and from other manufacturers can also be retrofitted with these products.

However, refurbishing and machine retrofits do not necessarily have to be performed in one step. A company that is aware of the planned service life of its existing system can plan investments on a long-term basis. No-one would order an extensive retrofit if the machine was scheduled to be replaced a few years down the road. However, a company that invests at the right time can reasonably extend the life of the steel and iron in its web printing press at a fraction of what a new machine would cost.

 

 

For further information contact:
Rolf Mani  rolf.mani@remove-this.wifag.com
Noel McEvoy  noel.mcevoy@remove-this.wifag.com


One Stop Shop for Coating and Converting Technologies –Tailored for the Market

10.09.2013 - //polytype Converting and Pagendarm reposition themselves with a broader product portfolio and more innovation


wifag//polytype, the Swiss specialist for printing, coating and converting technologies with headquarters in Fribourg (Switzerland), has established from 1 September 2013 a new future and market oriented company structure as the basis for a broad and customized product offering. The renowned brands „Polytype“ and „Pagendarm“ stand also in the future for Swiss quality in the top level as well as the advanced level market segments.

Jörgen Karlsson has been named CEO of Polytype Converting AG, in addition to his role at //wifag. The market can expect many new things from Fribourg. Karlsson replaces Detlef Merklinger, who is leaving Polytype Converting due to differing opinions on the future business development of the division. In sales, Jörgen Karlsson will be supported by Ernst Meier, Head of Sales Polytype Converting AG, and Esa-Matti Aalto, Managing Director of Pagendarm BTT GmbH.

wifag//polytype will merge the processing of material know-how: coating, converting, drying/curing and printing This world leading company for print, coating and converting has an outstanding market position in the whole range of web based processing.

Positive synergies have already been achieved since Pagendarm in 2007 and newspaper printing machine specialist //wifag in 2011 brought their special know-how into the wifag//polytype group. With the proactive support of the „Digital Competence Center“ as well as the „Automation Competence Center“, Polytype Converting - with both brands Polytype and Pagendarm - has, worldwide, the largest product offering in the field.

With production plants in Europe – (Fribourg, Schweiz, und Hamburg, Deutschland) as well as in Asia, the product portfolio of the converting specialists will be optimized to satisfy market requirements. The group has its own sales and service network in the major world markets, for example, USA, India and China. Thereby, the converting competence is close to our customers.

Jörgen Karlsson: „In contrast to many of our competitors, wifag//polytype has, in house, the complete competence for web based printing, coating, converting and drying of all types of flexible materials. Also, as one of the most innovative companies in the development of ink jet technology, we can provide precise and cost-effective web processing applications for paper, foil, laminates, tubes and cups.“


Digital competence for all product areas of wifag//polytype

10.09.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland - September 2013 - The wifag//polytype Group is one of the broadest and most flexible technology companies today in the printing, packaging and converting and coating industry. Digital Printing was expanded from a group business area to the new Digital Competence Center (the DCC) at the start of 2013. Ever since, it has been pushing for research and development of future technologies and has also ensured equal access to these technologies for all product lines and markets. Today the DCC offers nearly all components for digital printing from its own development work.

In addition to printing presses for producing newspapers and books, wifag//polytype also serves the markets for metal packaging (production technology for manufacturing steel and aluminum aerosol cans, aluminum bottles and tubes), plastic containers (printing presses for printing on plastic cups and lids as well as plastic tubes), as well as for coating and lamination (production lines for producing multi-layered films and papers).

The future: Digital printing as a stand-alone or supplementary process
In 2010 the wifag//polytype Group acquired the Digital Printing Division of Spühl AG and with it, extensive additional expertise on the use of digital printing processes in the industrial environment. At the beginning of 2013, the expertise on digital printing technology was then made accessible to the entire wifag//polytype Group including all of its business areas and product lines. The Digital Competence Center (DCC) was created from the technology team in the Digital Printing business area, which will continue to exist as such solely with its multi-pass LFP machines in the American market of wifag//polytype America.
The DCC functions as an additional, interdisciplinary R&D entity and views itself as an engine for innovation for the entire wifag//polytype Group.

The large-format printing presses will continue to be produced by the DCC. They will be offered in projects entailing a high degree of industrialization and automation and further developed for specific projects in the decor and packaging industry.

Digital printing for everyone: The DCC
Twelve specialists are currently working at the DCC focusing exclusively on digital printing technology. They cover their own area of expertise while also coordinating group-wide research and development efforts. "No machines are built at the DCC. That task is performed in the respective business areas such as Converting or Newspaper Printing Presses", says Roger Ineichen, Head of DCC. We concentrate solely on the print head unit, its control system, integration and direct environment".

With this constellation, the DCC is also open to joint projects involving other machine manufacturers interested in integrating wifag//polytype digital printing technology in their existing systems or in systems yet to be developed (OEM customers).

The DCC is active in three main areas:
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Software and electronics (development of application-specific digital workflow, electronics for print head control, software for the integration of digital printing applications in the given plant/machine)


- Process technology/process engineering (adherence of the inks to substrates, pre-treatment and post-treatment of the substrates, ink jet inks and ink formulations, raster image processor (RIP) profiling, color management)


- Mechanics (construction of print head mounts and frames, substrate guidance under the print head, cleaning systems and maintenance for the print head, ink supply, all other design measures for integrating the print heads in legacy systems).

The team includes printing technicians as well as staff who are strictly software engineers and mechatronics specialists. "We can effectively evaluate the hurdles we need to take for the individual printing processes," Ineichen said to emphasize his team's practical approach and experience. Within the Group, development teams can be established from the entire workforce of some 1,000 employees to develop optimum application-specific solutions.

Internally, the DCC created from the business area Digital Printing has since been integrated into the business area Printing Presses (known amongst other things for its brands //wifag and Solna). This fits in very well with the newspaper press manufacturer's changing philosophy: formally a typical machinery maker, //wifag has long viewed itself as a development and automation firm with a portfolio consisting just as much of retrofits, modifications and upgrades as of new machinery sales.

Focal points of development of the DCC
The DCC and wifag//polytype Group focuses on the use of its own digital printing technology, particularly when printing on demanding surfaces such as foils, plastic (PP, PE, etc.), painted aluminum and laminated papers. Ineichen: "We have mastered the handling of these special substrates, winding and unwinding, control of web tension and of web edge, and particularly drying, and these skills exist as established expertise in the Group with //polytype Converting and pagendarm. Our goal is to expand the Group's product portfolio by adding a digital printing unit that allows one to print 'easily' on the given substrate."

Ink and print heads
For ink formulation itself, the DCC relies on collaboration with several smaller specialists in the market. The DCC even provides them with a test printer it has developed especially for their development work, the X printer. This printing system incorporates both Kyocera print heads (2656 nozzles) and Konica Minolta print heads (1024 nozzles). The substrates are kept on a vacuum table with a continuous pre-heat function and a print speed of up to 200 m/min. can be simulated. The wifag//polytype Group supports its development partners with laboratory equipment, substrates and information. In doing so, the Swiss technology company also helps to ensure quality and industrialize ink production.

Classic mechanical engineering tends to think in longer product cycles whereas many aspects of digital printing technology are subject to a rhythm typical of IT. In other words, the performance rates can definitely double every 18 months. The Digital Competence Center can keep up with the pace at which the manufacturers of digital print heads develop, be they Kyocera, Xaar, Dimatix, Ricoh or Konica Minolta, better than many a larger competitor.

This is why wifag//polytype has also developed CALMAR, its own technology for print head control. CALMAR has a fully modular design, which means the same technology platform can be used for different print heads. This technology platform is scalable, allowing it to control more than 100 print heads with maximum possible data rates in real time. CALMAR is unique. There is no comparable product on the market. The potential of this technology will enable the wifag//polytype Group to continue developing print head technology in the future (controlling jet frequencies > 40 kHz, resolution of 1200 dpi etc.) and to connect to new workflow, RIP, color management and other quality systems.

What does this mean in actual practice? A conventional print head can print 75 meters/minute at 30 kHz and 600 dpi in single-pass mode. With two rows of print heads, the output is 150 meters/minute. The speed can be increased to 200 meters/minute with 40 kHz heads and to 300 meters/minute with 60 kHz heads. This is a crucial factor, particularly in the packaging market.
One upcoming goal of the DCC is therefore to develop the inks for the various substrates and applications.

Printing couples
The DCC has various digital printing couple concepts on offer for element printing. This means that any type of individual solution ("print engine") can be put together from the components print head, print head control (CALMAR), workflow, software integration, ink, ink supply and pre-treatment and post-treatment of the impression element.

A single-pass printing unit has been developed for flexible substrates (roll to roll, roll to sheet) with what is called the DigiCube. This can be used in packaging printing, decorative printing and for printing books and newspapers. The DigiCube can be designed for different color systems (UV or water-based inks). The experience from the two business areas Printing Presses and Converting is incorporated in the design of the unwinding and winding systems for web threading and particularly in substrate-specific drying.

The market and the first wifag//polytype digital printing presses
The DCC has already gained a foothold in several markets in close cooperation with the individual business areas. In spring 2013, //polytype Converting delivered its first five digital printing presses for printing on plastic cups.

Talks are also underway between wifag//polytype and a number of customers to cover additional markets completely different from the above to give the DCC the opportunity to show the capabilities of this technology on a broad range of substrates. Amongst other things, there is a demand for rotogravure packaging and decorative printers, where digital technology can be used in sampling or in the production of small orders. An OEM partnership in the decorating business area has already been wrapped up.

"The whole package"
The biggest advantage for customers who work together with the wifag//polytype Group – they get "the whole package". This can range from 'brainware' (i.e. when the DCC receives an assignment for development work) to software and electronics, integrated digital printing presses or even entire single-pass installations.

But even when the customers incorporate their own inks or machine hardware, the DCC is superbly equipped to adapt solutions. Screen printing? Flexo printing? Offset? Rotogravure? R&D in Fribourg has several in-house testing applications, as well as a print head/mini-robot combination available for the further development of printing on elements and flexible material fed from rolls.


Polytype America installs first swissQprint Nyala in North America at TKM Print Solutions in Akron, OH

16.07.2013 - July 16, 2013, Mahwah, NJ – Polytype America Corporation is proud to announce the installation of the first swissQprint Nyala in the United States at TKM Print Solutions, Inc. in Akron, OH. TKM is a privately owned digital print provider that specializes in high-end wide format graphics.

“TKM is very happy to have the swissQprint UV Flatbed printer as the centerpiece of our equipment portfolio,“ states TKM’s President Tom Messner. “We are extremely impressed by the Nyala and its very impressive capabilities. It adds significant firepower to what we offer clients and has made an immediate impact in our production.“ “Polytype America is proud to be a partner with TKM Print Solutions“ states Jim Cain, Director of Sales-Digital at Polytype America, “We could not be happier for TKM that they have installed a UV Flatbed that gives their business an entirely new dimension of product offerings to their current and future client base. We wish TKM nothing but future success!“

About TKM Print Solutions
TKM Print Solutions, Inc. is a premier provider of specialized print solutions designed to take client business to a new dimension. TKM offers high-end printed product for a wide range of industries and customers including restaurant and retail, POP Display houses, churches, colleges and other nonprofits, print brokers, ad agencies, distribution houses and more.

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the Polytype Group company that sells and services Polytype UV digital printers in North America. In addition, PAC exclusively sells and services swissQprint’s flatbed/roll-to-roll UV printers throughout North America. PAC also provides service and support on all Polytype printers including the Abacus 25 and the Abacus 35.

About swissQprint
SwissQprint AG offers first class performance through innovative technical solutions and outstanding services. Their stellar equipment reflects state of the art technology. swissQprint specializes in the developing and manufacturing the highest quality of mechanical and electronic solutions for Inkjet digital printing. They focus on specific customer problems, and the right modular and market-oriented solutions. This ensures that the customer benefits from reliable and economic solutions. International sales and support are handled by a global network of handpicked dealers.


//wifag drive and controls package for Theiler Druck AG, Switzerland

13.06.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland – 13 June 2013 - To meet stringent quality and performance requirements, Theiler Druck AG (Wollerau, Switzerland) has invested in a pre-owned Wifag OF7 shafted press supplied by GAMAG. This press will be reconfigured, refurbished and reinstalled as a shaftless press with //wifag automation drive and controls. The new printing line will replace the existing Solna single width press.


This new order underlines the competiveness of the two Swiss companies in terms of modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses in the global printing machine market and the ongoing confidence of publishers and printers in //wifag and GAMAG as print solution providers.

The reconfigured press will be able to produce up to a total of 32 pages broadsheet or 64 pages tabloid in full color. Full production is scheduled for September 2013.

Founded in 1895, Theiler Druck AG is an important regional print and publishing company.

//wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) is a renowned press supplier in the graphic industry with experience in development, engineering, automation, manufacturing and retrofit of printing presses, as well as in international project management and customer service.

GAMAG (Bern, Switzerland) is an important partner in the graphic industry with experience in dismantling, moving and reinstallation, as well as retrofitting of web printing machines of all types and brand names. With innovation and entrepreneurial spirit GAMAG broadened their product and service range. Today, they provide matured, reliable, attractive and cost-effective solutions to small and midsize newspaper printing companies.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Rolf Mani
Head of Automation // Printing Presses
WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 16 88
rolf.mani@remove-this.wifag.com

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26
Noel.McEvoy@remove-this.wifag.com

 

 


Herenco AB, Sweden, chooses //wifag to extend press

06.06.2013 - Freiburg, Switzerland – 6 June 2013 - Following an intensive evaluation phase, Herenco AB in Jonkoping, Sweden, placed a reconfiguration and extension order at //wifag and GAMAG

This new order reinforces the cooperation of the two Swiss companies in terms of the modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses in the global printing machine market.

Herenco AB purchased KBA satellite units from Trykkompagniet AS in Hvidovre, Denmark. These units will be dismantled, refurbished and reinstalled on the existing KBA Express machine located in Jonkoping, Sweden. With this extension of the press 80 tabloid pages can be printed in full colour in straight production (160 pages collect), using two folders. Controls retrofit will be executed by the local DCOS company. The overall project is being coordinated by GCON. The reconfigured press will be in full production at the end of 2013.

Hallpressen, the newspaper division of Herenco AB Group, is one of Sweden’s leading regional newspaper groups and has over 330, 000 readers across southern Sweden on a daily basis, which represents seven out of ten inhabitants in the region.

The order by Herenco AB is already the second one for //wifag and GAMAG that calls for a refurbishment of a KBA press in the Nordic Region. Last year, Finnish Esa Lehtipaino Oy placed a reconfiguration and retrofit order for a KBA Express that will be completely reconfigured and installed in Lahti following a retrofit by GAMAG and //wifag. This printing press is also scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2013.

//wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) is a renowned press supplier in the graphic industry with experience in development, engineering, automation, manufacturing and retrofit of printing presses, as well as in international project management and customer service.

GAMAG (Bern, Switzerland) is an important partner in the graphic industry with experience in dismantling, moving and reinstallation, as well as retrofitting of web printing machines of all types and brand names. With innovation and entrepreneurial spirit GAMAG broadened their product and service range. Today, they provide matured, reliable, attractive and cost-effective solutions to small and midsize newspaper printing companies.


For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG-Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26
Noel.McEvoy@remove-this.wifag.com

 

 


Press Release Lüscher Technologies Ltd

04.06.2013 - Lüscher Products and Employees with a new owner The Wifag-Polytype Holding Ltd (CH) and the Heliograph Holding Gmbh (D) have jointly taken over all intellectual properties, products, current assets, brand/logos and a part of the employees from the former owners XPose Holding Ltd and Lüscher AG Maschinenbau.


In view of this asset deal, the new company „Lüscher Technologies Ltd“ in Bleienbach (CH) has been founded. Within the next 3 months the whole operation and organisation of the former Lüscher AG will be transferred into new premises in Bleienbach. This will enable the new “Lüscher Technologies Ltd” to take advantage of all kinds of synergies in the area of administration, logistics and operations using the infrastructure and support of Daetwyler Graphics AG (a subsidiary of Heliograph Group).

The new „Lüscher Technologies Ltd“ continues to service and manufacture the former products XPose, MultiDX, XDrum and JetScreen round to support the operation of the installed base for all customers globally.

Sales and Service of all „Lüscher Technologies Ltd“ products will be handled by the sales and service hubs of the Wifag-Polytype Group and the Heliograph Group in their respective market/product application segments. Said this, “Lüscher Technologies Ltd” gets access to two non-competing sales networks of more than 20 sales and service organizations globally (www.wifag-polytype.com and www.heliograph-holding.net ).Together with the integration of existing and potential new distributors „Lüscher Technologies Ltd“ will have an ideal set-up to better serve the different markets and applications in favor of the customers.

„Lüscher Technologies Ltd“ will be managed by Peter Berner (former CTO of Lüscher AG) to ensure continuity and innovation combined with the leverage of operational and logistical potentials of the new owners.

After a long period of uncertainty the employees can now focus on customers and their expectations again and are ready to support the installed base as well as new requests and challenges. Customers will be informed directly about the organization, contact persons and procedures in the next few days.

Questions concerning the owners of “Lüscher Technologies Ltd” are answered by:

- Peter Ruth, CEO Wifag-Polytype Holding AG, peter.ruth@remove-this.polytype.com

For questions concerning products, spare parts, service interventions and general organisation please contact:

- Peter Berner, CEO Lüscher Technologies Ltd, PBerner@remove-this.luescher.com

Background information:

The Wifag-Polytype Group is a globally active group of companies of 1200 employees being active in the manufacturing of production lines and systems for aluminum and steel aerosol containers, beverage bottles and tubes (www.mall-herlan.com), extruded and laminated plastic tubes lines, as well as decorated plastic cups/containers systems (www.polytype.com), coating lines for flexible packaging and technical films/foils (www.polytype.com), newspaper/book printing machines and services (www.wifag.com) and in trading and service business for the graphics industry (www.wifac.nl). With its sales/service and manufacturing network in USA, Brasil, India, Thailand and China/Hongkong our customers are supported globally.

The Heliograph Group of companies with 500 employees worldwide, develops, manufactures and services pre-press equipments and systems for rotogravure, flexo print and embossing and sees itself as leader of the complete manufacturing processes for rotogravure, embossing cylinders and in direct laser engraving technology for elastomeric flexo plates. Flexible packaging, décor and magazine printing are the core markets of the Heliograph Group and are supported by manufacturing sites in Germany, Switzerland, USA and China and 10 sales and service companies in additional 10 countries.


//wifag User Meeting 2013 in Rüsselsheim

23.05.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland – Two companies, which have been highly successful in mastering extensive change processes, recently co-hosted the //wifag German speaking user meeting 2013: the Swiss printing press manufacturer and one of its biggest customers, Druckzentrum Rhein Main (DRM) in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

//wifag is a business division of the WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG based in Fribourg, Switzerland and is successfully active in the market with a new self-image. The premium supplier of printing technology has transformed itself into a development and automation expert.

About 40 senior employees from German //wifag user plants as well as from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway and Finland obtained an exclusive insight at the user meeting into new developments from Fribourg and //wifag newspaper technology of tomorrow as well as retrofit possibilities and press repurposing solutions.

Participants welcomed the words of //wifag CEO Jörgen Karlsson in particular. His main message to customers and users had to do with certainty, the certainty that an economically successful supplier has potential in the newly restructured WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG for intensive research and development.

Jörgen Karlsson: "Today //wifag is very, very stable, not just when you look at its financial statements but also because our business model works." This model also features contracts involving retrofits and upgrades. Within this group of companies, //wifag is the frontrunner, especially in automation. The developers for newspaper printing machine technology derive the financial base they need from the fact that other business areas profit from innovations in web monitoring, for example.

A substantial part of the German speaking user meeting 2013 was devoted to insights into the Rhein Main printing center. For two and a half years, this facility has been operating a //wifag evolution 473/6, a six-plate wide web printing press in nine cylinder satellite design with a total of eight printing towers, eight reel stands and five folders. Every day, the four 48-page machine sections print about 300,000 daily newspapers of Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main (VRM) and Medienhaus Südhessen (MHS) in 31 different editions. In addition, this press handles numerous weeklies and church newspapers with runs amounting to about 1.5 million copies per week. The 160 employees in the new printing center use a grand total of about 25,000 tons of paper every year.


Polytype America Corporation Clarifies Status of the Virtu Business Unit in North America

19.03.2013 - Mahwah, New Jersey – Over the past few weeks, there have been several misleading and false reports in the press and other outlets that our Swiss parent, Wifag‐Polytype Group (WPG), has closed the Virtu Digital Printing Business Unit.

The Corporation would like to clarify to the North American and World markets that contrary to those reports, the Virtu Digital Printing Unit has not been closed. In a statement made to customers from the Swiss parent, Wifag‐Polytype Group (WPG), keenly aware that the European market has succumed to the current financial crisis, has restructured and refocused its European wide‐format printer division, ceasing direct sales efforts in Europe, while handing all European sales responsibility in Display Graphics to their regional sales partners. It has focused its R&D and innovation efforts on packaging and industrial applications rather than display graphics.

 

While the firm is reducing its focus on wide‐format graphics in European Market, the United States business has shown substantial growth in a recovering economy with the industrial Display Graphic products, as well as enjoying continued growth in the Canadian and Mexican markets. The North American team continues to grow to keep pace with their sales and marketing efforts, in addition to adding key partners to increase their market exposure and presence as well as their overall North American market share.

 

Polytype is and will continue to build its World Class Industrial Digital Printing systems to order for those customers who are able to appreciate the value of world‐class Swiss Engineered Industrial Printing and Display Graphic systems.


Polytype America Announces Additions to the Digital Imaging Sales Team

21.05.2012 - May 21, 2012, Mahwah, New Jersey - Polytype America Corporation (PAC) is pleased to welcome Mr. Michael Frawley and Mr. Mark Packman to their Digital Imaging Sales Team. In their roles, Frawley and Packman will be managing end-user client accounts in the Mid-West and Western sales regions.

Mike Frawley, the Mid-West Territory Sales Manager, entered the printing industry in 1990 as a go to service technician and rapidly moved up the ladder. After selling a 7 year old service repair and refurbishment business which he started from scratch for prepress lithography systems, Michael entered into the Super Wide Format world in 2006 most notably, working for Hewlett Packard/Scitex.

Mark Packman, the Western Territory Sales Manager, comes to Polytype after successful careers at Presstek, Scitex, NUR America, and Matan. This grand format experience, and his 15 years in offset printing, allows Mark to understand the needs of today's customer and will serve him well in the Western U.S., Western Canada and Mexico.

“The addition of these two new resources to our world Class Digital Imaging Sales Team, will enable PAC to execute our sales strategy of gaining marketplace exposure and sharing leading edge Swiss engineered Large Format Printer technology with the North American market” states Jim Cain, Director of Sales - Digital of Polytype America Corporation. “Mike and Mark bring years of valuable experience and successful sales achievement. We look forward to their future contributions by making new and differentiating printing solutions accessible to clients wanting to have a new edge in this market”.

About Polytype America

Polytype America Corp. (PAC) sells and services Polytype's Virtu UV flatbed/roll and roll-to-roll UV printers throughout North America. The Virtu printers are Swiss designed and manufactured in Polytype's Fribourg, Switzerland factory. Virtu RS25 and RS35 UV printers offer a unique 3-in-1 combination design: True flatbed, hybrid belt and heavy duty roll-to-roll. The award winning Virtu RR50 prints 5 meters wide, and like the RS series, provides a heavyweight, stable print platform, producing superior print quality and handing features.


Polytype America Announces New SwissQPrint Nyala 3.2 Meter flatbed printer

10.04.2012 - April 9, 2012, Mahwah, New Jersey - Polytype America Corporation (PAC), in conjunction with our partner swissQprint AG, is pleased to announce a new 3.2 Meter flatbed printer with a new, revolutionary inkjet-system, the Nyala.

SQP will present their latest development at Drupa in hall 09, booth C57.  Nyala, the new precision flatbed printer is an eye catcher with the dimension of the printing table a width of 3.2m. The system can be equipped with fourfold CMYK, which increases the output compared to a basic configuration by four times.

Nyala is the third innovation developed by the young Swiss company, and again it is going to surprise! The printing system has an ultra large printing table which looks like an aircraft carrier among the existing printing systems.

Either 3.2 x 1.6m board material or 3.2m roll material can be printed with the basic configuration or with the roll to roll option. This is achievable with the swissQprint quality and amazing speed. The increased output is possible with four times (4x) CMYK, meaning four print heads per color, including white, printing simultaneously. The draft printing mode allows you to print up to 215m2/h. This is doubling the speed of an Impala, which broke records when it was introduced two years ago.

The Nyala offers the same superior quality and modularity as its older siblings, the Impala and Oryx.  Please visit swissQprint live at their booth to see the new inkjet system.

“PAC is pleased to add the revolutionary Nyala to our flatbed offering” states Jim Cain, Director of Sales-DIGITAL for PAC, “with the addition of the 3.2 m Nyala, swissQ has added strength and increased productivity to their industry leading position”.

 

About Polytype America
Polytype America Corp. (PAC) is the exclusive distributor of swissQ print’s flatbed/roll-to-roll UV printers throughout North America. The swissQ printers are Swiss designed and manufactured in swissQ’s Widnau, Switzerland factory. SwissQ’s Oryx and Impala UV printers offer True flatbed, Over Sized and roll-to-roll option and provide a heavyweight, stable print platform, producing superior print quality and handing features.

About swissQprint
SwissQprint AG is offers first class performance through innovative technical solutions and outstanding services that reflect the very latest state of the art technology. SwissQ specializes in the development and manufacture of high quality mechanical and electronic solutions for Inkjet digital printing. Our interest in the specific problems of our customers and the right modular and market-oriented solutions for them ensures that our customers benefit from reliable and economic solutions that they can really use. International sales and support are handled by a global network of handpicked dealers


Polytype America Corporation       
10 Industrial Avenue
Mahwah, NJ 07430 U.S.A.

Corporate Contact:
James Cain, Director of Sales – DIGITAL
Phone: 201-962-9594
Email: jc@remove-this.polytypeamerica.com


WIFAG-Polytype at drupa 2012: Hall 16, stand A03

26.01.2012 - Virtu Quantum from Polytype to receive world-wide launch at drupa 2012

Visitors to drupa will witness the official world-wide release of Polytype's ground-breaking new wide-format digital ink-jet printing platform, the Virtu Quantum, which promises a blend of quality and speed hitherto unavailable in the marketplace. Now available in widths of 2.5m and 3.5m, the UV-curable machine incorporates high-definition 10pl print-heads, specially integrated by Polytype to produce 1,400dpi resolution for lush, rich images suited to a range of industrial and display applications.

In a move characteristic of the Swiss manufacturer, the Virtu Quantum was vigorously tested over a period of months in a fully operational production environment after proof of concept was first demonstrated in 2011. Resultingly, the engine's speeds reach an impressive 300sq m/hour in production mode and a sporty 150-180sq m/hour in photographic mode, meaning that business owners no longer have to compromise between image quality and turnaround time when making large capital investments in their wide-format machinery. Applicable to both roll-to-roll and flat-bed modes and across a range of both popular and unusual media, the versatility afforded owners is a distinct advantage in the current, extremely competitive climate.

Polytype's dedication to accuracy means that customers ordering at the show can have total confidence in the feasibility of the system, and be able to integrate it effortlessly to upgrade their current production processes. The new Quantum series will allow even more depth and colour gamut for the accurate reproduction of typically difficult images, such as skin tones and sought-after brand shades – but at productivity speeds that will challenge even billboard quality modes from rival manufacturers.

“Polytype does what other manufacturers dare not do: we will drive a new machine hard in an actual working situation to make sure that we are aware of all of its capabilities,” explains Sylvia Muhr, sales and marketing director for Polytype's Virtu Business Unit. “In doing so, we have fine-tuned the Virtu Quantum to deliver an unparalleled combination of speed and quality in its machine category, and visitors to our stand at drupa 2012 will be amongst the first to witness it match its full potential.”

Polytype's wide-format technologies are renowned in the marketplace for their exceptional build quality and ability to output with finesse of graduation and detail on innumerable substrates, and have won multiple awards from within the printing industry and in related sectors, such as design. The company's experience ranges from display applications to highly industrial work, with the Virtu Quantum able to sit as the core element in a glass production workflow; significantly, Polytype consults with each customer to ensure that every machine is tuned to their precise specifications, ensuring maximum return on investment for users.

 

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Polytype SA (formerly WP Digital) is renowned in the wide-format digital ink-jet space as a manufacturer of resilient, reliable printing technologies for the production of many different decorative, display and industrial applications. With characteristic Swiss attention to precision engineering inherent to all of its technologies, its Virtu range of wide- and super-wide-format UV-curable printers is recognised for its ability to produce high-quality graphics on a practically unlimited range of substrates.

For further information about Polytype's technology, products and services, or to discuss key markets or applications, please contact sales and marketing director Sylvia Muhr at sylvia.muhr@remove-this.polytype.com, by telephone at +41 (0)26 426 15 16 or by fax at +41 (0)26 426 16 44. Polytype's postal address is 26, route de la Glâne, CH-1701 Fribourg, Switzerland.

 


PRESS RELEASE - January 2012

12.01.2012 - Application of decoration: Growth of digital printing on glass

Application of decoration
Skara KG in Würzburg has been specializing in digital printing on decorating materials and has since 2007 set up a new business segment: finishing of glass. Next to the application of decoration for interiors they have ordered and installed an industrial production line Virtu RS35 from Polytype for printing on glass, which enables professional growth.

Skara KG has been established in 1997 as digital printing shop and is today directed by Carl-Robert Kümpers and Martin Hack as managing stockholders. The company with 18 employees prints on decorating materials of up to a width of 250 cm on a dye-sublimation printer as well as on 3 latex printers in widths up to 165 and 260 cm. They produce typical posters for impinging light or transparency on photographic paper for brilliant colors and good contrasts or backlit films for display cases. Latex printers are used to print on wallpapers for internal and external use or for company name plates, car decorations and exhibition boards.

When the first Virtu RS25 flatbed printer for rigid materials was installed one could also produce large size posters up to 18/1 placards and twin-wall sheet  as a rigid alternative for printing on paper or expanded plastic slabs. Since UV-curable inks adhere extremely well to non-absorbing substrates it became possible to print on all kinds of plastics as well as on wood, glass and acryl. 


Arbucomp: Facades and glass roofs
Arbucomp GmbH was established by Carl-Robert Kümpers as a company for the design of facades and roofs using special glass materials. The company merged with Skarpa KG in 2010.

Originally Mr. Kümper had studied law and became a lawyer, however, instead of joining a law firm he joined Okalux GmbH, a company established by his father and specializing in the production of special insulation glass for external applications. He has arranged for Okalux to realize, among other projects, the impressive glass roof of the Great Court of the British Museum, the glass shell of the Seattle Central Library and the glass façades of the Rathauspassage in Innsbruck. 
After his father’s death he headed the company as Managing Director until 2005 and became afterwards independent with Arbucomp.  During the execution of his projects he has among others also worked with Skara because imaging on glass was very brilliant.  Carl-Robert Kümper compliments the concept of the Virtu design: “…the print quality of Virtu is outstanding”. However, the manual preparation of the glass  panels for printing turned out to be difficult  and error-prone. Therefore, he planned for the merger of the two companies the installation of an automatic industrial production line Virtu RS35 with a width of 350 cm and the sole possibility to comply with the high quality demands on printing on glass. 


Security glass
The industrial printing on glass is realized on rear window heaters, thin layer solar panels and ceramic stove tops, however, they are only manufactured by specialized companies.
Digital print shops use ink jet systems for imaging on float glass, tampered and laminated safety glass. The latter two are derived from float glass which is today’s most used structural glass for windows and facades.
Toughened safety glass is a tempered glass which is heated up to 650°C and then evenly quenched with chilled air. When broken by external action it will crack into tiny fragments without sharp edges. Skarpa mainly use tempered safety glass which they purchase from a glass supplier. 


The Virtu RS35 production line
Bernd Würth, the responsible product and sales manager at Polytype for Virtu printing systems for industrial digital printing explains the production line. He has composed the installation at Skara and developed the individual modules.

The entire production line comprises the following components: cleaning, flame treatment, primer application and printing unit plus the respective conveyors between the stations. Skara already owned a vertical cleaning unit for glass panels of up to 250 x 600 cm. After the cleaning the panels are placed on a mobile table which the operator will move to the loading conveyor from where the glass panels are transferred to the in-feed conveyor of the production line.  Bernd Würth explained the computer terminal where the print jobs are received from the pre-print department and conveyed to control the transport through the flame treating and primer stations.
In the pre-treating station the glass panel is treated by a gas fired open flame. This improves the evenness of the glass surface tension, it burns off residue or dirt which had not been removed in the washing station and the silane gas enhances the adhesion of the primer.

An accumulator or buffer conveyor transfers the panels into the primer station where 4 nozzles spray the primer at high speed onto the glass. Afterwards the glass is moved to a long positioning conveyor which serves as buffer and to put the panels at exact right angle XY position for the printer.
A take-off conveyor takes the panels out of the Virtu RS35 from where they will be handled manually. The electronic control of the 20 m production line accounts for the dimensions of the various panel sizes for pre-treating and priming and sensors control the conveying speed. The high printing speed of the Virtu RS35 can thus be adapted to the in-time arrival of the glass panel for the following job order. 


Virtu printing systems
Virtu printing systems have been developed in the US in 1999 and have been developed further, produced and sold worldwide by Spühl in Switzerland since 2003. The concept of the Virtu RS25 with a print width of 250 cm offered the possibility to decorate on the flatbed either roll-to-roll or panels of up to 250 x 200 cm. In 2003 the first Virtu flatbed machine users could already print with UV-inks which adhere to non-absorbing substrates. The range of products of large format print shops could thus considerably be increased. The larger machine Virtu RS35 with a print width of 350 cm was introduced in 2006, followed by Virtu RR50 in 2009 with 500 cm wide roll-to-roll printing possibility.

Spühl, a Swiss company with a typical tendency for precision, has developed custom designed additions, which corresponded with the highest demands for print accuracy. Higher print accuracy enables better butting of images, sharper type face and material savings. 

In 2010 Polytype AG in Fribourg (CH) acquired the Virtu company from Spühl and continued with the development and the manufacturing of the printing systems. Since not all customers have the same requirements they can decide for themselves which additions they must or must not have. Therefore, these machines will only be assembled on demand and the 90 Virtu machines which have been delivered so far in Europe have been built according to the customers’ requirements.

 

The Virtu RS printer
Real XY-printing! The printing table is covered with a blanket with reticular structure for the vacuum which transports the substrate through the machine. The entire print table is subdivided in square segments and in turn the strong vacuum will only develop under the actual substrate. 

The print head is moved by very precisely working linear motors in both directions across the entire print width on the crossbar which in turn can also cover the entire length of the print table. This XY-technology enables to print one large or several small panels on the print table with the head approaching the panels at high speed. 

An encoder-wheel takes the measurement of the movements of both the print head and the print table with a precision of one thousandth of a millimeter. On other machines this encoder-wheel is geared to the conveyor rolls and can, therefore, not detect slippage of the material.


Sparing consumption
Next to high precision the components of Virtu printers operate with sparing consumption. Only a few centimeters of the roll-material are drawn onto the print table and fixed by vacuum and, therefore, only a few centimeters of material are wasted at substrate changes. An ideal type of ink is offered for each application:
for roll-to-roll applications on flexible substrates Polytype Flex Ink; for combined roll-to-roll and flatbed applications Polytype Multi Purpose Ink and for printing on glass Polytype Vetro Ink. In order to reduce ink consumption for process printing the server converts all image data to RGB technology. Cleaning of UV-printing heads is only required at the beginning or ending of the shift or after several hours of production interruption and not as on other printing machines at the start of every new print job.


DRUPA news: Quantum printer
Virtu models print at high speeds with 6 colors plus white and a resolution of 1200 dpi resulting in very high picture quality with an ink consumption of 80 or 30 picoliter. With the development of new ink jet nozzles it is now possible to achieve the same picture quality with smaller jets at higher frequency resulting in two to four times higher productivity. The new “Quantum Printer” will be introduced at DRUPA 2012 and is for users who want a particularly high print capacity.


Printing on glass will grow
After our final discussion Carl-Robert Kümpers is convinced of the growth of digital printing on glass. “Photographic reproduction on glass already results in more brilliant images than on paper or at least we can match the quality”. Printed glass panels in the entry of his print shop confirm this statement. Nevertheless many customers still shy away from printing on glass and use acryl instead. However, it is not true that acryl is cheaper than glass. First of all glass is cheaper than acryl; second, larger size acryl panels need to be reinforced with aluminum to avoid fluttering.

Admittedly printing on glass can represent a lot of problems for many print shops because the manual cleaning, flame treating and priming cannot be done cleanly and efficiently enough and thus resulting in expensive waste. Skara has solved these problems with the installation of an industrial production line.

The two salesmen in Germany and Mr. Kümpers for the international market are booked to capacity – but growth can still be enhanced. The Web site of Skara AG is in particular very helpful by presenting the entire Skara production range with impressive pictures. Also see the Webshop  www.pretty-impressive.de.


Mr. Kümpers states: “Digital printing on glass will make inroads in the sector decoration, because it is possible to realize individual concepts, production is more flexible than with silk screen printing, production is cheaper when many different colors and motifs must be printed because there are no costs for printing plates and in comparison with silk screen printing smaller lot sizes can be printed more economically”.


Eine neue Zukunft für Virtu-Drucker: Von Spühl zu //polytype in Fribourg

13.10.2011 - Die Polytype AG in Fribourg hat den Digitaldruck der Spühl AG mit seinen Virtu-Drucksystemen 2010 vollständig übernommen und in Fribourg integriert. //polytype ist mit Offset- und Flexodruckmaschinen für Becher, Deckel, Tuben und Dosen Weltmarktführer geworden. Damit sind die Virtu-Druckmaschinen in der wifag//polytype-Gruppe integriert, die sie besser produzieren, verkaufen und die Kunden unterstützen kann.

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Die Polytype AG wurde 1960 von Otto Wirz in Fribourg als Maschinenfabrik und Tochterfirma der Wifag AG in Bern gegründet, in der Spezialmaschinen hergestellt werden sollten. Heute werden in Fribourg Becher- und Deckeldruckmaschinen, Tuben- und Dosen-Fabrikationsstraßen gefertigt und weltweit vertrieben, mit denen //polytype einen Marktanteil von mehr als 70 Prozent hält. Heute gehören zur wifag//polytype-Gruppe die Wifag AG mit Rollenoffsetmaschinen, die Polytype Converting AG für die Herstellung von hochpräzisen Beschichtungs- und Kaschiermaschinen für die Papier-, Kunststoff- und Alufolien-Veredelung, die Polytype AG für den Druck von runden und polygonalen Bechern, Tuben und Dosen, sowie vier verschiedene Firmen für die Herstellung von Bechern, Tuben und Dosen aus Plastik- und Metall. Zu diesen Geschäftsbereichen sind nun die Virtu-Drucksysteme hinzu gekommen. Mit weltweit 720 Mitarbeitern erwartet die Polytype AG für 2011 einen Umsatz von 450 Millionen Schweizer Franken (ca. 375 Mio. Euro).

 

Die Virtu-Drucksysteme

Der Geschäftsbereich wifag//polytype Digital Printing wird geleitet von Frédéric Pavesi, und die Verkaufsdirektorin für Europa, Sylvia Muhr, führt uns durch die große Fabrikationshalle, die Virtu-Produktionsabteilung und den Demoraum. Die Virtu-Drucksysteme wurden 1999 bei Leggett&Platt entwickelt und ab 2003 von ihrer Tochterfirma Spühl AG in der Schweiz weiter entwickelt, produziert und weltweit vertrieben. Das Konzept der Virtu RS25 mit 250 cm Druckbreite bot die Möglichkeit, auf dem Flachbetttisch von Rolle zu Rolle oder überlange Platten bis 250 x 200 cm zu drucken. So konnten bereits 2003 die Anwender auf dem Virtu-Drucker in den damals neuen Flachbettdruck mit UV-härtenden Tinten einsteigen. 2006 wurde mit dem Virtu RS35 ein breiteres Modell mit 350 cm Druckbreite eingeführt und 2009 der Virtu RR50, ein Rollendrucker mit bis zu 500 cm Druckbreite. Spühl als Schweizer Unternehmen mit ihrem Hang zur Präzision entwickelte nach den Wünschen der Kunden Erweiterungen hinzu, die auch die höchsten Ansprüche an die Genauigkeit der Drucke erfüllten. Dadurch kann eine höhere Genauigkeit im Druck und ein sparsamerer Materialeinsatz erreicht werden. Weil nicht alle Kunden die gleichen Ansprüche an ihre Maschine haben, kann jeder Kunde selbst bestimmen, welche Erweiterungen er benötigt und auf welche er verzichten kann. Deshalb werden die Maschinen nur auf Bestellung gebaut und die bisher 85 in Europa installierten Virtu-Drucksysteme ganz auf die Kunden abgestimmt.


Echter XY-Druck

Über den Drucktisch läuft ein Drucktuch mit netzförmiger Struktur für das Vakuum, auf dem das Druckmaterial durch die Maschine geführt wird. Der ganze Drucktisch ist in quadratische Sektionen eingeteilt, so dass nur unter dem Drucksubstrat ein starkes Vakuum erzeugt wird. Die Druckkopf-Traverse führt den Druckkopf mit exakt arbeitenden Linearmotoren in beiden Richtungen über die gesamte Druckbreite, und kann auch über die ganze Länge des Drucktisches fahren. Durch diese XY-Technologie können überall auf dem Tisch eine große oder mehrere kleine Platten bedruckt werden, wobei der Druckkopf die Platten in Hochgeschwindigkeit anfährt. Ein Encoder-Rad misst die Bewegungen des Druckkopfes und des Druckmaterials auf dem Drucktisch auf ein Tausendstel Millimeter genau. Üblicherweise läuft dieses Encoderrad bei anderen Druckmaschinen auf der Transportwalze, wobei der Materialschlupf nicht erfasst wird.

 

Sparsamer Verbrauch

Viele Details zeigen, dass ein sparsamer Verbrauch angestrebt wird.

  • So wird das Rollenmaterial nur ein paar Zentimeter auf den Drucktisch gezogen und mit Vakuum fixiert, so dass bei einem Materialwechsel nur wenige Zentimeter Material verloren gehen.
  • Für jeden Einsatz wird die ideale Tinte angeboten. Für die reine Rollendruckmaschine auf flexible Materialien die //polytype Flex Tinte, für den kombinierten Rollen-Flachbetteinsatz die //polytype Multi Purpose Tinte und für den Glasdruck die//polytype Vetro Ink Tinte.
  • Um den Tintenverbrauch auch in den Farbbildern zu verringern, rechnet der Server alle Bilddaten in GCR-Technologie um.
  • Die Druckkopfreinigung der UV-Tinten ist nur bei Schichtanfang und -ende nötig, oder nach mehrstündigem Pausen zwischen dem Drucken und nicht vor jedem Druck wie bei anderen Druckmaschinen.

 

Quantum-Drucker

Die von Large Format Druckern produzierten Poster sind normalerweise nur für größere Betrachtungsabstände gedacht und drucken deshalb nur mit grober Auflösung, um mit höherer Druckgeschwindigkeit zu produzieren. Die Virtu-Modelle hingegen drucken schnell in 1200 dpi Auflösung mit 6 Farben plus Weiß und erzeugen mit 80 oder 30 Picoliter eine sehr hohe Bildqualität. Durch die Entwicklung neuer Sprühdüsen ist es nun möglich geworden, mit noch kleineren Düsen und höherer Frequenz bei gleicher Bildqualität eine zwei- bis vierfach höhere Produktivität zu produzieren. Dies kann Polytype jetzt bereits anbieten und wird es auf der Drupa 2012 zeigen. Da nicht alle Anwender diese Spitzenproduktivität und -qualität benötigen, wird die heutige Virtu-Produktpalette beibehalten.

 

Der Glasdruck bei Lechner

Grundsätzlich kann jeder Flachbettdrucker mit UV-härtenden Farben auch auf Glas drucken, was die meisten Druckereien auch anbieten. Die Frage ist allerdings, wie kratzfest, lichtecht und feuchtigkeitsbeständig die Farben sind und wie gut und lange sie auf dem Glas haften. Deshalb ist //polytype auf die Wünsche vieler Kunden eingegangen, hat die Virtu-Modelle auf Glasdruck spezialisiert und deshalb auch die Glas-Vorbearbeitungsmaschinen im Lieferprogramm. Ein eindrückliches Beispiel für den fachgerechten und industriellen Glasdruck ist die Firma Lechner AG in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

 

Europäischer Marktführer

Vor den Toren der mittelalterlichen Kleinstadt produziert Lechner auf 70000 m² mit 600 Mitarbeitern in Großserie oder maßgeschneidert Arbeitsplatten, Küchenplatten und Rückwände für Küche, Bad und Wohnmöbel. Die Arbeits- und Küchenplatten werden gefertigt aus Laminat, Massivholz, Quarzstein, Keramik oder Mineralwerkstoff und seit 2006 auch aus Glas. Alle Küchenplatten benötigen Aussparungen für den Einbau der Spülen, Kochfelder oder Schneidelemente. 14 000 Arbeitsplatten werden jede Woche produziert und mit 35 eigenen Lastwagen an die Firmenkunden in ganz Europa, meist Küchenstudios und Möbelfabriken, ausgeliefert.
2006 wurde für die Glasverarbeitung eine Halle mit 5 000 m² für das Arbeitsplattenprogramm LaVico und die Rückwandkollektion Vitro gebaut. Der Produktionsleiter Thomas Kühlwein und Heike Rost, zuständig für die Pressearbeit, sowie Bernd Würth, Produktmanager für Industielle Lösungen bei //polytype-Virtu führen uns durch die Halle, in der 28 Mitarbeiter in zwei Schichten rund 1 000 Glasplatten pro Woche produzieren. 

 

Die Glasvorbereitung

Das Glas wird angeliefert in Formaten bis zu 6 x 3 Meter und mit CNC-Schneidemaschinen in die gewünschten Plattengrößen geschnitten, abgekantet und mit den Aussparungen und Bohrlöchern für die Befestigung versehen. Danach laufen die Glasplatten in der ganzen Breite langsam durch den Härteofen, wobei das Floatglas auf ca. 630°C erhitzt, durch Abblasen mit kalter Luft rasch abgekühlt und zu Einscheibensicherheitsglas wird, das bei einem Glasbruch in kleine, stumpfkantige Krümel zerfällt. Vor dem Bedrucken mit den zwei //polytype Virtu RS35 Druckmaschinen muss das Glas in drei Stationen vorbehandelt werden.

  • Die Reinigung ist nötig, weil die Glasoberfläche eben ist, glänzend, nicht porös und statisch geladen. Dadurch neigt es dazu, alle Art von Beschichtungen abzustoßen. Die Platten werden in einer Waschanlage mit enthärtetem Wasser von Schleifstaub und Öl befreit und so für den Druck vorbereitet. Die Reinigung kann bei kleinen Musterplatten manuell erfolgen, für größere wird eine automatische Durchlaufmaschine zwingend notwendig.
  • Die zweite Station ist die Flammbeschichtung, bei der gleichzeitig die Glasoberfläche aufgerauht wird, was die Haftung zwischen Glas und Tinte verbessert.
  • In der dritten Station wird eine feine Schicht Haftvermittler aufgesprüht, der die UV-Tintenschicht noch besser mit dem Glas verbindet. Mit einer automatischen Produktionstraße wird das Glas zum Virtu RS 35 transportiert. Bei Lechner jedoch stehen die zwei Virtu RS 35 nebeneinander, so dass die Glasplatten manuell in die Maschinen eingelegt werden. Vom Format DIN A5 bis zu 3,25 x 3 m können die Platten mit der //polytype Vetro Ink UV-Tinte bedruckt werden.

Für alle Platten, die keinen individuellen Druck benötigen, besteht eine zweite Produktionslinie, in der die Glasplatten nach der gleichen Vorbehandlung im Siebdruck im Format 1,30 x 3,10 Meter mit keramischen Farben bedruckt und anschließend eingebrannt werden.

 

Fünf Jahre Garantie

Thomas Kühlwein hat sich erst für die Virtu-Drucksysteme entschieden, nachdem //polytype die Kratzfestigkeit, Lichtechtheit, Feuchtigkeitsbeständigkeit und chemische Widerstandsfähigkeit gemäß den entsprechenden DIN-Normen beweisen konnte. Denn Lechner muss seinen Kunden auf diese Eigenschaften fünf Jahre Garantie geben, nicht nur für die Haftung der UV-Farbe auf Glas, sondern auch für die Haftung aller Eigenschaften gegenüber den Kunden. Und die hat er bei //polytype für die Virtu RS 35 gefunden und sagte im Abschlussgespräch: „Auf der Fespa in Hamburg habe ich mich gewundert, dass viele Anbieter sagten, sie könnten auch auf Glas drucken. Aber fünf Jahre Garantie wollte mir keiner geben“.

Im neuen Demoraum kann Sylvia Muhr den Kunden weit besser als auf Ausstellungen den Virtu RR50 zeigen.

Heike Jost zeigt eine Kücheneinrichtung mit Spühle und Küchenplatte mit Rückwand aus Glas.

Thomas Kühlwein, Heike Jost und Bernd Kühlwein vor den Glasplatten im Format bis zu 6 x 3 Meter. 

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Virtu setzt neue Leistungsstandards mit der Quantum Drucker Serie

27.05.2011 - Polytype eröffnete die FESPA Digital 2011 in Hamburg und stellte die für höchste Ansprüche entwickelte Virtu Drucker Reihe mit dem Zusatz eines fortschrittlichen Zehn-Picoliter Druckkopfes vor.

Die beispiellose Qualität, die durch die Virtu Quantum Serie versprochen wird, liefert außergewöhnlich gute Ergebnisse für eine Vielzahl von Industrie- und Display Produkten, sowie nah anzuschauende Anwendungen wie hinterleuchtete Displays, Dekor Artikel und industrielles Glas.
Besitzer der neuen Virtu Quantum Reihe werden von der Ausweitung der Graustufen Drucktechnologie profitieren, die durch verschiedene Tropfen Größen eine verbesserte Auflösung und optimierte Farbdeckung gewährleisten und die winzigen Zehn-Picoliter Punkte mit einbeziehen. Polytype hat dies angewandt, um die absolute Präzision des Zehn-Picoliter Kopfes mit der bestehenden Vielseitigkeit der bereits preisgekrönten Virtu Plattform zu kombinieren, was zu erheblichen Vorteilen für die Großformatdruck Industrie führt.
Polytype hat den Virtu Quantum Drucker der Art eingerichtet, um eine noch feinere Auflösung auf der gleichen, nahezu unbegrenzten Strecke von Substraten wie bei früheren Modellen zu liefern. Außerordentliche Steuerung über Tropfen Größe bedeutet, dass die Maschinen noch feinere Details produzieren und daher eine hervorragende Klarheit in den Abstufungen und kleinen Schriftgrößen hervorbringen und gleichzeitig werden Übersättigungen in der Produktion von einfarbigen Flächen vermieden. Dies führt zu optimiertem Tintengebrauch und minimiert folglich die Kosten der Verbrauchsmaterialien herab und schlägt sich nieder in den Betriebskosten.
„Alle Arten von Druck Geschäften erwarten hervorragende Eigenschaften und werden durch die Substrate, die sie im Druck anwenden, beschnitten“ sagt Sylvia Muhr, europäische Vertriebsleiterin der Virtu Polytype Business Unit. „ Mit der Polytype Virtu Quantum brauchen Sie sich keine Sorgen mehr zu machen. Jedes Material wie Leder, Glas und Dibond Aluminium profitieren von der nahen fotografischen Auflösung unter Einbeziehung der Leistungsfähigkeit der vorherigen Virtu Modelle.“
Das Thema der FESPA Digital ist Entwicklung und Polytype glaubt, dass es in der Verantwortung der Technologiehersteller liegt, der Druckindustrie den Antrieb zu einem Wechsel zu geben, indem wir erweiterte Plattformen anbieten, die die Qualität erhöhen und vielseitig genug sind, um sich neuen Herausforderungen zu stellen. Weiter fährt sie fort: „ Für diese Überzeugung ist diese Messe der richtige Ort, um das leistungsstarke Angebot der neuen Virtu Quantum zu demonstrieren und wir sind als Hersteller gefordert, kontinuierlich weiter zu entwickeln, um unseren Kunden neue Möglichkeiten zu bieten.“
Die Virtu Reihe von Polytype soll die strengen Qualitätsanforderungen nicht nur erfüllen sondern auch übertreffen, die durch eine Reihe von Anwendungen wie Grafikdisplay Produktion, voll funktionsfähige Glasdruck Linien sowie verschiedene industrielle Zwecke gefordert werden. Die voll hybrid 2,5 m Virtu RS25 und 3,5 m Virtu RS35 Sport mit einem stabilen Tisch als Teil des Aufbaus der Maschine, bieten die vielseitige Verwendbarkeit auf flexiblen Materialien und starren Substraten von unbegrenzter Länge in sechs Farben plus Weiß oder Spot-Lackierungen zu drucken. Polytype’s preisgekrönter Rollen- zu Rollen Drucker, der RR50, zeichnet sich aus durch eindrucksvolle Produktivität und Qualität für graphische Kunstproduktion und andere Jobs. Jede dieser vorgenannten Maschinen kann nun als Virtu Quantum mit sportlichem Zehn-Picoliter Druckkopf und seinen daraus resultierenden Fähigkeiten geliefert werden.
Polytype SA (vormals WP Digital) ist im Bereich des digitalen Großformat Tintenstrahl Drucks ein renommierter Hersteller und bekannt für seine flexiblen und bewährten Drucktechnologien für die Produktion von vielen verschiedenen dekorativen, Display- und industriellen Anwendungen. Mit der charakteristischen Schweizer Aufmerksamkeit für Feinmechanik, die all seinen Technologien anhaften, ist ihre Virtu Reihe von Breitformat und Superbreitformat UV-härtenden Drucker anerkannt für ihre Fähigkeit, Grafiken in höchster Qualität auf eine praktisch unbegrenzte Palette von Substraten zu produzieren.
Für weitere Information über Polytype Technologie, Produkte und Dienstleistungen oder um weitere wichtige Märkte oder Anwendungen zu besprechen, kontaktieren Sie bitte die europäische Vertriebsleiterin, Frau Sylvia Muhr unter: sylvia.muhr@remove-this.polytype.com, Telefon: +41 (0)26 426 15 16 oder Fax: +41 (0)26 426 16 44.
Polytype’s Postadresse: 26, route de la Glâne, CH-1701 Fribourg, Schweiz