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    Decoration systems for plastic containers in (almost) all shapes and sizes – flexible and innovative.

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    Printing systems for plastic tubes in all variations and up to nine colours – extremely fast and versatile.

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    Rotation printing presses for newspapers and books – fast, very accurate and economical.

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wifag//polytype strengthens its presence in the German market and expands its automation and retrofitting activities

17.04.2014 - A new competence center for automation and retrofitting at the company's location in Hamburg

see full article in english

 

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The future of metal packaging: light - flexible - sexy

03.04.2014 - mall//herlan brings the future of metal packaging to life and stages the world of experience in metal packaging of tomorrow. mall//herlan is the solution provider for all metal packaging and production machines. In this way, the trade fair stand becomes a walk-in location for personal care, pharmacy, food, beverage and home care + technique products.

1. Beverage: new bottles for new market.
The aluminium bottle: Packaging for a modern lifestyle and first-class events
mall//herlan presents the world’s first bottle and shaping machine. The new Bottlemaker from mall//herlan revolutionised the beverage market. It opens an unprecedented design flexibility and product diversification. Every design is possible! High-speed production – 500 bottles per minute for a standard installation and even up to 3000 cpm for tailor-made solutions – and higher container quality gives can makers more value and competitiveness. On the Stand you can see one module from the Bottlemaker.

 

2. Home care and technique products: light – environmentally safe - profitable - sexy
DWI Monoblock aerosol cans: a packaging for high-performance products at home and at work. mall//herlan develop and show the perfect solution for the flexible and cost-effective production of monoblock steel and aluminium cylinders. The new DWI technology results in best-cost containers. mall//herlan has developed not only means to save up to 40% on metal as well as containers and methods to make these containers using recycled material; they have also developed steel monoblock cans allowing the use of steel instead of aluminium. We show how to do it!

 

3. Personal care: IE-Line - the “workhorse” among the production lines
IE Monoblock aerosol cans: modern lifestyle packaging to meet the highest standards in the area of personal care. The mall//herlan IE production line is the “workhorse” among production lines. With an effective production speed of 200/250 cpm, it boasts an annual production volume of more than 60+/75+ million containers. Moreover, thanks to our “Polyflex M91 Hybrid” – which we are going to show for the first time at the Metpack –  long setup times, uneven results at varying speeds or person-dependent printing results are a thing of the past – despite lower costs!

 

4. Pharma: Special tube lines for the emerging market
Collapsible aluminium tubes ensure that cream is always clean and fresh
mall//herlan’s production lines produce collapsible tubes made of aluminium in a continuous process. Aluminium slugs enter at the front, and tubes (complete with cap and ready to be filled) are the finished product at the end of the line. These lines produce either 170 or 200 aluminium tubes per minute. We show a complete tube line, where we also show a new trend in function – simpler, shorter set-up times, and more value for money.

 

5. Innovative food for new requirements
Gone are the days of culinary insignificance. The flavour artist Rony Marzin makes flavours “explode”. He presents creative dishes in aerosol cans and live cooking at the highest level. Try it!

 

6. And above everything revolves our service
mall//herlan TASK FORCE: targeted  ̶  efficient  ̶  precise.
We provide time and serenity for the important things in life.
For can-makers: increasing efficiency, continuity and process technology development.
For brand manufacturers: superior quality and flexibility, including container development.
Fly with us and let yourself be surpised!

 

See you at Metpack Hall 3 M18
 


Set up time cut by half, waste rate brought down

29.01.2014 - How do you improve your printing process? How do you lower your costs? How do you train your operators in a company that produces 24/7? Rick Franko from EXAL asked Cees Hoogeboom from Wifac in The Netherlands to give a basic training. “A job well done.”

EXAL, based in Youngstown, Ohio, produces impact extruded containers, C2C: coil-to-can, piston cans, bag-on-valve containers, lining materials and contract manufacturing. The company is active on different markets. The most important ones: personal care, food, beverage, home care, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive and specialty packaging. These wide scope of markets have one thing in common: they go for the best quality around.

Skilled professionals
Under the motto ‘Innovation at work’ EXAL reaches for the best performance in terms of quality and costs. The man who is responsible to achieve the highest printing standards is Lithography Department Manager Rick Franko and his staff.
“The graphic quality from our products is vital to our customers. The design must seduce the consumer. In order to do so the lithography has to be impeccable. We use an off line press for approval proofing and special inks. We are a fast growing, relatively young company. Some of our operators are quite inexperienced. On our production lines six of the letter presses are built by wifag//polytype from Switzerland. Excellent presses; but to get the maximum result they have to be operated by skilled professionals.”

Understand the process
Franko asked wifag//polytype for an advice how to improve the knowledge and skills of his workforce. “They came up with Wifac from the Netherlands; the Wifac Competence Center (WCC) to be precise. They told me Wifac WCC has a long history in prepress, offset, packaging and new digital markets. They cover a lot of ground. Beginning with the start of the printing process – the plate making – up to the finished products. One of the technical educators from Wifac is Cees Hoogeboom. I asked him to set up a basic training for our 64 lithography operators: press set-up, graphics, screen work, dot gain, imaging, ink. On a higher level the purpose is to understand the total process.”
For one week Hoogeboom reached most of the operators. The training he set up included some theory and a lot of practical tips and advises.
“There was definitely a click between Cees and our lithographers. Cees has the knowledge, but is also capable to really communicate well with them,” says Franko.

Brings out the best
Of course a company like EXAL wants to be more specific than ‘better quality’ or ‘lesser costs’. “Due to the training we reduced set up times and were able to get a quick start with the production. The set up time for a press was 2,5 to 3 hours. We cut that by half. The scrap rate was brought down by 2,5 percent. I won’t go into details, but this is serious money. The secret to get such a performance is to work with the lithographers. They have a lot of great ideas themselves how to improve their work. It’s not something you invent behind a desk. The more knowledge they possess, the better. Not only for the company, but also for themselves. It brings out the best in them. The knowledge is growing, and there for the motivation and enthusiasm for their work.”
“We are constantly striving to do better. EXAL wants to be a World Class Manufacturing company. We use Kaizen techniques and go for lean and mean. For the lithography department we’re working on an education plan for next year. One of the elements to improve our quality even further are more advanced classes. We will be looking at the use of densitometers and knowledge of ink behavior in the press. We probably will ask Cees to come back. The evaluation sheets speaks for themselves. I totally agree with one of the operators who wrote: to be short, a job well done.”

Rick Franko: “The set up time for a press was 2,5 to 3 hours. We cut that by half. The wast rate was brought down by 2,5 percent.”

Rick Franko

Rick Franko is EXAL’s Lithography Department Manager in Youngstown. After a career in an offset print shop, he joined the company in march 1994. He started off as a lithography operator to became a lithography specialist and production manager. He pursued other challenges within EXAL, but came back 1,5 year ago to the lithography department. Rick is the manager of 64 lithography operators. They produce in two shifts 24 hours, 7 days per week.

The EXAL Group
The EXAL Group is the largest manufacturer of impact extruded aluminum containers in the world. While the company has reached its global leadership position in a relatively short period of time, the business had a very modest beginning. From the onset the organization was driven by a commitment to be the very best.
EXAL Corporation was founded in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1993 by Delfin Gibert. The goal was to bring state-of-the-art impact extruded aluminum container manufacturing technology to North America. At that time, there was a growing demand for a new source of high quality, high value, competitively priced impact extruded containers. Today, EXAL North America is the largest impact extruded container manufacturer in the region with 16 production lines housed in two buildings, totaling almost 500,000 square feet of manufacturing area. There are two manufacturing locations: Youngstown, Ohio, United States and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Youngstown campus is also home to EXAL’s lightweight aluminum coil manufacturing technology known as Coil-to-Can or C2C. EXAL operates under the leadership of President and CEO Mike Hoffman.


Linearis Multi-Decoration Machine awarded by the North American Tube Council

09.12.2013 - //polytype is proud to announce that the capability of its state-of-the-art Linearis multi-decoration machine led to the distinction by the North American Tube Council (www.tube.org) for “Best Innovative Component or Process” of 2013.

//polytype is proud to announce that the capability of its state-of-the-art LinearisTM multi-decoration machine led to the distinction by the North American Tube Council (www.tube.org) for “Best Innovative Component or Process” of 2013.

The selected “Metallic Rose” tube takes full advantage of LinearisTM unique capabilities combining hot stamping, flexographic printing, screen-printing and varnishing all in one single machine. These features open a vast range of new possibilities in the design and manufacturing of polyethylene tubes, eliminating the need to use labels or excessive handling between off-line machines.

“This award reinforces our belief that the future belongs to multi-decoration systems” says Alain Berset, CEO of Polytype. “Freedom in design, eliminating work-in-process, reducing labor and floorspace as well as the possibility to perform quick changeovers are key for sustainable manufacturing environments. And this is exactly what our LinearisTM is about.”

Since its market launch 18 month ago, LinearisTM has found a high level of interest in the plastic tube industry worldwide and already represents a considerable share of //polytype Business Unit Plastic Tubes’ sales.


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//polytype and Avantium announce agreement on 100% biobased PEF for thermoforming

16.10.2013 - Dusseldorf – Today at the start of the K-show, wifag//polytype and Avantium announced their agreement to collaborate on thermoformed products from 100% biobased PEF.

This collaboration will be complementary to collaborations Avantium has in place with The Coca-Cola Company, Danone and ALPLA. Both parties are excited about the market opportunity of PEF in the novel application area of thermoforming of cups, containers and trays, which are used today for the packaging of food products like meats, nuts, or dairy products like cheese and yoghurt.

 

PEF (or polyethylene furanoate) is a novel polymer produced by Avantium’s proprietary YXY technology. The YXY technology is running in Avantium’s pilot plant in Geleen, and converts plant based feedstock into chemical building blocks. PEF is a next generation plastic. It has superior properties over existing materials, it can be produced cost competitively and is 100% biobased, resulting in a more than 50% reduction in carbon footprint and non-renewable energy usage.

 

“Thermoforming is an excellent application for PEF plastics”, commented Gert-Jan Gruter, Avantium CTO. “Since PEF has superior barrier, thermal and mechanical properties over PET, it offers exciting new growth opportunities. Due to its ten times higher oxygen barrier, PEF could extend the shelf life of perishable goods like meats or cheeses. The higher thermal stability of PEF compared to PET could enable packaging opportunities for microwaveable products.”

 

wifag//polytype is a leading manufacturer of thermoforming and printing equipment, and the sole company producing the entire range from sheet extrusion, to thermoforming, to coating and printing of thermoformed products. “The collaboration with Avantium on PEF in sheet extrusion, thermoforming and decoration of thermoformed products fits therefore well in our strategy of offering equipment enabling a total packaging solution comprising color, contour and convenience”, says Peter Ruth, wifag//polytype CEO. “With the recent integration of OMV into the wifag//polytype Group of companies we take a leadership position in providing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to the thin wall packaging market. Today we are happy to announce this partnership with Avantium which will allow us to offer our customers thermoforming and decoration solutions for PEF, a biobased polymer with very attractive technical properties.”

 

Tom van Aken, CEO at Avantium, adds: “Thermoforming can be a potential outlet for recycled PEF, providing an additional end-of-life solution for our PEF bottles. wifag//polytype’s proven track record of innovation and paradigm shifts has resulted in its ability to address every step in the thermoforming process from sheet extrusion to decoration. This makes them the ideal partner for developing these new PEF applications. Avantium and wifag//polytype would welcome other parties interested in working with us on PEF thermoformed packaging.”

 

About wifag//polytype

The wifag//polytype Group is a global group of companies with 1200 employees active in the manufacturing of production lines and systems for aluminum/steel containers for aerosols, beverage bottles and tubes, extruded and laminated plastic tubes lines, as well as decorated plastic cups/containers systems, coating lines for flexible packaging and technical films/foils, newspaper/book printing machines and services and in trading and service business for the graphics industry. With its sales/service and manufacturing network in USA, Brazil, India, Thailand, China/Hongkong and Turkey our customers are supported globally.

 

OMV Machinery

Member of the wifag//polytype Group - is the direct heir of OMV Divisione Meccanica, a company founded in 1963 to design and build thermoforming machines. Since the early 70's, OMV exported its first thermoforming machine, very soon distinguishing itself being a pioneer in introducing new materials, like PP, in extrusion and thermoforming for high volume quality containers.

 

About Avantium

Avantium is a leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced high-throughput R&D. The company develops and commercializes YXY – the brand name for its technology platform to catalytically convert plant based carbohydrates into chemical building blocks like Furanics and Levulinics. These chemical building blocks can be applied for making green materials with superior product properties at competitive pricing. Currently the focus of the YXY technology platform is on a building block called FDCA, (2,5- furandicarboxylic acid). FDCA can be polymerized together with ethylene glycol (EG) to form PEF (Polyethylene Furanoate), which is Avantium's lead application. Combined with the significant reduction in carbon footprint, PEF fulfills key criteria to become the next generation biobased plastics for bottles, film and fibers. PEF gas barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide and water is for example superior to PET, leading to longer product shelf life and offering the potential for lightweighting of packages. Avantium has demonstrated the value and commercial potential of its unique technology by collaborating with leading companies in the energy and chemical industries. Avantium offices and headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Avantium is running an YXY pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands.

 

For more information about wifag//polytype, please contact Peter Ruth: Tel: +41 (0)26 4261400, Email: peter.ruth@remove-this.polytype.com


For more information about Avantium, please contact Nathan Kemeling: Tel: +31 (0)20 5860183, Email: nathan.kemeling@remove-this.avantium.com


The digital future has begun: The new RDA 24-165 Hybrid

15.10.2013 - The next revolution in the decoration of containers is just around the corner. Ink jet printing will certainly strengthen it’s position amongst the various possibilities for the decoration of plastic tubes.

The RDA 24-165 Hybrid represents //polytype’s first step for the decoration of sleeves and tubes using the ink jet technology.

 

The ending hybrid, what does it stand for? Well, we are talking about a machine on which the tubes can be decorated by both ink jet and/or dry-offset and followed by over-varnishing.

 

Ink jet printing has enjoyed a very fast-paced development. However, today there are still a couple of demands on tube decorating which cannot yet be met by the ink jet simple pass technology. We are referring to the sharp edges of letters as well as uniform full color ink lay down at high speeds.

 

The RDA 24-165 Hybrid concept combines the positive features of both printing processes-high print quality for images with digital printing and small and sharp lettering and excellent full colors with dry-offset printing.

 

This machine offers the possibility to enter the digital printing technology. In addition a variety of decorating possibilities are available with 6 digital printing and 8 dry-offset inking stations.


FFS60 – a highly efficient “turn-key” machine

15.10.2013 - Mechatronica SC, part of the wifag//polytype Group, has developed a new compact packaging machine called the FFS60.

The FFS60 is designed for small and middle size clients. The FFS60 machine produces laminated tubes and fills them ready for dispatch and retail. FFS60 utilizes raw materials such as ABL or PBL printed laminate, injected plastic shoulders and caps, and the paste product for filling. The machine incorporates the industry’s most highly sought after features reflecting future trends in packaging machines.

 

FFS60 utilizes a vertical body maker, which simplifies the whole construction and eliminates the need to transfer from a horizontal to a vertical position of the tube body which is ready for filling. This approach allows for the use of very thin foil and the reduction of machine dimensions. The footprint of the machine requires less space than is currently necessary for a single tube filling machine. This design concept provides for a space saving solution in addition to a very reliable machine. The footprint is 3812 mm x 3535 mm.

 

FFS60 technology eliminates several operations which save not only production space, but saves time, storage space, and transportation of empty tubes. This technology greatly lessens the risk of product contamination and waste. All these savings result in cost effective expenditures for the tube making and filling.

 

Oval shapes are no longer a problem for filling as the tube body is formed on a mandrel and supported by it until the filling process starts. Thus, very thin tubes can be made and filled, the tube body is oriented only once. The modular principle that is utilized in all the FFS machines’ designs allows for simple and quick changeovers of tube sizes and post product. The first four KOMBIS FFS60 machines have been bought by a European cosmetics manufacturer. The new versions with higher speed of 120/min are planned for 2014.

 

  • Better quality of the side seem as the side welding is done at immovable web
  • The web is not pushed, but drawn and due to this technology, there is an opportunity to make tubes from very thin web (for example <120µm)
  • Using of very different types of caps (stand-up, push-on, screw-on) that need orientation with a simple technological solution for their orientation
  • Optional packer for the ready-made tubes

//polytype DigiCup – The revolution in cup decorating

15.10.2013 - Marketing demands on decoration are being challenged by trends to smaller batch sizes and extraordinary cup shapes while expectations for high quality print and lower costs continue.

While various decorating possibilities exists each with its own advantages and disadvantages, until now no single solution could meet all these demands. //polytype has now developed a solution that meets all of these demands: Digital printing is a revolutionary direct printing process now available for cups. During the last 3 to 4 years //polytype has leveraged and enhanced digital printing via ink jet technology, developing the best solution for their customers challenges.

 

Digital printing is not only increasing flexibility but also raises print quality to the levels of labels and shrink sleeves. A digitally printed surface also offers a glossy appearance just like an over-print varnish. With digital printing it is possible to decorate various cup shapes as well as small and medium order quantities.

 

“Each cup with a different decoration! //polytype’s digital decorating process offers new marketing possibilities for pre-formed products”.

 

The modular concept for the //polytype DigiCup has three main components: First the well established cup infeed and pre-treating stations. Secondly: The cup is decorated with “low migration” process inks, including the possibility for a 4 colour bottom decoration. Finally the cup is conveyed through a UV-dryer to obtain a scratch resistant surface and then restacked on a restacker.

Various shapes can be handled and decorated on the //polytype DigiCup. Round, oval cups and multi-sided cups at speeds of 40 to 120 cups/min.

The first machines have already been delivered and are in production. It is certainly not an overstatement to say that //polytype has heralded the digital revolution in cup decorating.


Tamedia and //wifag start benchmarking project in view of quality assurance and process optimisation in the technical services field

07.10.2013 - Fribourg: Swiss media group Tamedia and //wifag start a new cooperation in the field of newspaper printing plant benchmarking. The joint benchmarking, in which printing plants from Europe and the USA maybe also be involved in the future, is aimed at serving a cross-company quality assurance and process optimization.

Three (3) large printing sites in Zürich, Bern und Lausanne are owned by Tamedia. The goal of the cooperation is the development of standardized parameters in order to compare the quality levels and the total performance of the differently equipped manufacturing plants. In each plant, Tamedia and //wifag will investigate the workflow from platemaking, printing through to the mailroom. In particular, the performance and work processes of the technical services will be analyzed in view to improving the coordination of the future service and maintenance effort and adapting the organisation of the technical service teams.

Initially this benchmarking will lead to an appropriate „Best Practice“ for Tamedia. However, both companies wish to extend the benchmarking to other plants in the near future. Already other printing plants in Europa and the USA are interested.

For further information contact

Matthias Kobel
matthias.kobel@remove-this.wifag.com


Noel McEvoy
noel.mcevoy@remove-this.wifag.com


//polytype OMV at K2013

03.10.2013 - At K2013 Show //polytype OMV will exhibit its F88 thermoformer, an in-mould-trimming pressure-forming machine, conceived to produce a choice of plates, trays, bowls and other shallow containers, both in Polypropylene and in Polystyrene.

F88 features a very large forming area and a special in-mould-trimming system, to couple amazing product outputs with excellent cutting precision.


During the Show //polytype OMV will also announce  its latest-born F37 thermoformer,  a  medium-capacity machine which combines extreme versatility with top accuracy in the process. Among the machine’s features, excellent product stacking and handling facility are to be noted.


Reaching up to 80.000 pieces of hourly output, F37 positions itself as the direct challenger to the competition’s “work-horses”.    


//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.


Extension of //wifag press at Druckzentrum Südwest GmbH, Germany

05.09.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland - September 2013 - In times of declining circulation and sinking advertising revenue, it is noteworthy when a printing plant, specialized in newspaper and semi-commercial production, decides to invest in the extension of its printing presses.

At the Druckzentrum Südwest GmbH in Villingen/Schwenningen, Germany, a company of the Südwestdeutschen Medienholding, the print job orders have been continually growing. This proof of a successful business activity focused on satisfying customer requirements was the reason for the decision to extend the existing //wifag OF 370 PCU press line with one additional full color tower.

This extension is also the sequel to a worldwide unique night production success story. Since 2003, part of the regional editions of the title Schwarzwälder Bote is produced without stopping the press. Printing units are engaged and disengaged on the fly allowing edition changes with the same number of pages. Also, when simultaneously synchronized with roll changes, even the number of pages in an edition can be changed without stopping the press. Without this crucial time saving, the timely delivery of the newspapers in the expansive distribution region would not be possible.

With the integration of the additional printing tower into the existing press line and the aforementioned PCU (Page Change Unit) functionality, from April 2014 all the regional editions will be produced without stopping the press and in full color.

In addition to the 130’000 copies of the Schwarzwälder Bote, one of the largest daily newspapers in Baden-Württemberg, another 400‘000 other newspaper type products are produced weekly. The additional printing tower will help to absorb some of the workload and open the door for more capacity.

For further information contact:

Matthias Kobel matthias.kobel@remove-this.wifag.com
Noel McEvoy  noel.mcevoy@remove-this.wifag.com

Visit us at the World Publishing Expo 2013
7-9 October 2013
HALL 2.2 Stand 510, Berlin

 

 


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 retrofit step for Rheinisch-Bergische-Druckerei GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany

20.06.2013 - Freiburg, Switzerland – 20 June 2013 - Rheinisch-Bergische-Druckerei GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany has chosen //wifag to retrofit the drives and controls on one printing tower and one reelstand on their large //wifag press line in Wuppertal.

In 2010 //wifag introduced its extensive retrofit offer for the partial or complete replacement of the ageing WPOS 2 control on //wifag shaftless machines. The retrofit, which can be carried out either in stages or implemented in a single step, is based on the //wifag automation platform tried-and-tested automation functions, installed in over 2,000 printing units worldwide.

The WPOS retrofit represents just one aspect of the complete //wifag retrofit product portfolio. In subsequent stages the entire printing press from the planning system to the autopaster can be transformed into a consistent, coherent and highly efficient overall system featuring all the latest automation functions. Each stage of the retrofit can be combined with optimized mechanical and/or printing technology measures to cut down on waste or reduce the setup times.

The Rheinisch-Bergische-Druckerei GmbH [RBD] is a subsidiary of the Rheinische Post Mediengruppe with production facilities in Düsseldorf-Heerdt and Wuppertal-Varresbeck. RBD is specialized in the technical processing of full color newspapers and newspaper-similar products in the “Rheinische” format as well as in the Berliner format. RBD also realizes printing and processing of small and medium sized editions for company magazines, employee newsletters as well as for off-prints for fairs, major events and events of any kind.

 


For further information, please 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

 

 


//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.


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