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wifag//polytype goes digital

27.08.2014 - Fribourg / Switzerland – 27.08.2014 - WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG (Fribourg / Switzerland) will meet with the key partners from the newspaper printing industry on their booth 11.520 at the World Publishing Expo 2014 from 13 to 15 October in Amsterdam.

Under the motto “wifag//polytype goes digital” visitors will learn more about our range of digital and automation possibilities as well as customized service solutions.

 

WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is offering:

  • complete and individual solutions for digital inkjet printing;
  • rebuilds and automation of printing machines;
  • excellent service throughout the entire lifecycle of printing systems.

The wifag//polytype Group is one of the broadest and most flexible technology companies today in the printing, packaging, converting and coating industry. Digital Printing was expanded from a group business area to the new Digital Competence Center (the DCC) last year.

 

In 2014 wifag//polytype Group has merged all activities of printing, coating and converting of flexible materials under the roof of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, the renamed former WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG.

The DCC and our Automation Competence Center (ACC), located in Fribourg / Switzerland, are key parts of the joint knowledge base of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies. Renamed WIFAG-Polytype GmbH, the former Pagendarm BTT GmbH, in Hamburg / Germany now serves with a lot of newly acquired automation experts as an additional Automation Competence Center for Germany and Northern Europe.

 

At WPE customers can discover why automation is important today and will remain so in the future. 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.

 

In Amsterdam customers also can get an insight why WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is the technology leader in innovative digital printing. The Swiss company's competences include their own CALMAR printing system, easy to integrate into existing systems and supporting print heads of Kyocera, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm Dimatix, Xaar, Ricoh and others. The competences now also include chemical competence in the development of ink, primer and functional layers. This enables WIFAG-Polytype Technologies to offer complete inkjet printing solutions for any kind of applications that are second to none.

 

Welcome to our booth 11.520 at the WPE in Amsterdam.

 

 


WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG offers a broad basis for new developments in newspaper printing

19.08.2014 - At the //wifag users Meeting (June 26-27,2014), there was a clear focus on looking forward: Representatives of newspaper printers from Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland learned about the range of technical opportunities for newspaper production that are arising from //wifag's reorganization.

The host of this year's meeting was Ringier Print Adligenswil AG, near Lucerne, one of the largest newspaper printing facilities in Switzerland. In addition to daily newspapers (Blick, Neue Luzerner Zeitung), customer newsletters for Migros and Coop and a number of trade, party, church and special interest newspapers are produced here. Ringier Print Adligenswil last modernized its machinery with WIFAG Evolution 371 rotations in 2009.

 

Where is the future of newspaper printing? – That was the central question of the two-day event, which included a mix of presentations and company tours as well as ample time to network, including during a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne.

 

However, attendees were mainly interested in the increasing technological breadth of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, where digital printing, coating and laminating was recently merged with the rotation machines area. Thanks to its proprietary expertise in the areas of software, print head control, web threading and drying as well as inks and materials, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG can now offer a complete range of both traditional and digital production solutions. And such solutions should, emphasized CEO Jörgen Karlsson, be devised in collaboration with customers.

 

On the first day of the event, participants at the user meeting following the welcome by Kurt Hegele (CEO of Ringier Print) and Hugo Haymoz (Head of Customer Services //wifag) were able to learn more about Ringier Print Adligenswil .
Bernd Zipper (CEO of Zipcon Consulting) then looked ahead to the year 2030 in his presentation. How will newspapers change? Will people even read newspapers in the future? The increasing online presence of media already makes reading newspapers seem old fashioned. "However, there will always be a justification for newspapers, especially thanks to the flexible printing options of inkjet printing," said Zipper. One observation is that the trend toward personalization and individualization continues to move forward – i.e., customers can put together their own newspapers and tailor them to their personal preferences. More business news or a more detailed look at sports are just some of the many possibilities. Visually-impaired people can set their newspaper to large-print mode, rendering the cumbersome task of using a magnifying glass unnecessary. Zipper urged people to change their thinking and added: "Take advantage of the new digital printing technology and come up with new ideas for making newspapers more attractive."

 

Hugo Haymoz opened the second day of the meeting with information about the new organization of the service area. All of the service areas of the former WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG, Polytype Converting AG and the Digital Printing business area of Polytype AG have been merged into WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG. The aim of this merger is to promote the transfer of knowledge of the respective technologies (offset, digital, converting) in order to be able to utilize a broader resource basis. As Haymoz emphasized, "All contacts, services and products will remain the same. Service agreements and contracts will also be taken over and continued unchanged."

 

Next, Pascal Clemencon (Technical Sales) introduced the results of the "gloss coating for newspapers" trial series. In these trials, the coating was rolled over an anilox roller onto the printed newsprint in the conventional manner.
However, because of the raw structure of the paper the coating flows into the "valleys" and from an angle of approx. 60 degrees the coating effects disappears completely behind the "hills". As a result, this process is not suited for producing high-quality gloss. At most, it helps with the abrasion protection of the printing ink.

 

Carsten Salomo (Digital Competence Center project manager) then showed an alternative option for coating using digital printing technology. Even spot coating is now possible with inkjet printing. //wifag already provides the corresponding print modules with print head control and color provision for Steinemann AG. "Thus, a module can also be integrated seamlessly into newspaper rotation machines," said Salomo, who also provided an overview of the current state of technology with regard to inkjet printing. In particular, the personalization of newspapers, as Bernd Zipper discussed, will require more flexible printing processes. For example, the same newspaper run can include text that remains the same (offset printing) and personalized content, such as horoscopes, specific articles, addresses, etc. (digital printing). 

 

Rolf Mani (Head of Automation) then discussed the numerous retrofit projects for newspaper printing machines that have been underway over the past several months. For example, new drive retrofits have been installed for roll changers, draw rollers and satellites around the world.
In addition, color register controls, cutting position controls, expanders, etc. have been integrated into the existing equipment. With the "Alpina" control panel and the development of a proprietary color thickness regulator, further important steps toward the automation of newspaper printing have been taken.

 

In conclusion, Jörgen Karlsson discussed the new WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG. "We are merging our expertise in newspaper and book printing with the coating, finishing and drying technology," said Karlsson. He added: "We can now meet customer needs more flexibly and quicker. We now have the ability to provide individual print modules through to the complete equipment with developed print and finishing processes from a single source." Jörgen Karlsson underscored the stability of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG to the company's newspaper printing partners. He continued: "Even if newspaper printing goes digital in the future, we have the right technology for you."

 

User Meeting 2015 take place in Fribourg in order to be able to demonstrate the digital printing technologies of the technology center located there.


API Foils presented Polytype with a critical issue; several legacy DC Drive components were discountinued and API Foils would ultimately suffer down time on their machine. Polytype was able to take this concern head on by arranging a timely visit to API Foils to intergrate a new AC Drive System and also increase their current line speed. This provided an economical solution to address the critical legacy components and required less machine downtime compared to a full control system rebuild.

 

Joe Souders, of API Foils, commented on Polytype‘s adaptability and expertise while in the field, “The commissioning engineer was able to successfully make modifications to unanticipated items with minimal disruption to the installation schedule. The engineer worked well with API staff to address age related deficiencies with the coating line that were affecting the final drive tuning, for example the erratic tension feedback from the load cells at cooling station #2. As a team we were able to identify the cause and implement a solution while keeping commissioning schedule delays to less than half a day.“

 

After completion of the changeover, the air flotation through the dryer ovens has an improved sinusoidal wave form and the rewind tension control can maintain tighter tolerances. While this required adjustments to the existing machine parameters for API staff, the result is a more consistent finished product for the API distribution sites. The machine is now running with greater efficiency due to the upgrades installed by Polytype.

 

About Polytype
Polytype is a global supplier of coating technology and coating equipment for the surface finishing of a wide variety of flexible substrates. First and foremost, our activities are geared towards our customers and their products. As a leading technology provider in our business sector, we develop holistic solutions that meet the requirements of our customers for quality, productivity and optimized production costs. Polytype Converting AG is part of the wifag//polytype Group, which enables us to benefit from a broad technology base.

 

About API Foils – KS
API is a leading manufacturer and distributor of foils, films and laminates used to enhance the visual appeal of products and packaging and to help our customers communicate brand values and authenticity. API foils, films and laminates are used to add metallic and holographic finishes and effects to labels, cartons, containers and closures for many of the world’s leading consumer brands in premium sectors such as alcoholic drinks, confectionary, tobacco, perfumery, cosmetics and healthcare. API Holographics provides a full range of anti-counterfeit solutions for the protection of branded goods as well vouchers & tickets, ID documents, licenses, tax stamps, financial cards and currency. API is known for its customer service ethos, technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach to working with supply chain partners to meet the most demanding requirements of brand owners and specifiers.

 

 

Polytype America Corporation
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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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Gannett Trusts in the Retrofit Expertise of wifag//polytype

10.06.2014 - Rotary printing press in Shreveport, Louisiana to be modernized

Fribourg, Switzerland – June 20, 2014 - Gannett, one of the leading US media companies, puts its trust in the retrofit expertise of the wifag//polytype Group. Gannett Publishing Services, a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc. , recently contracted //wifag to modernize a //wifag OF790 offset rotary press in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The machine upgrades under this contract will help significantly reduce waste quantities and setup times.

Along with the installation of four new //wifag control consoles, the retrofit contract covers the modernization of six autopasters, improvements in web threading and some new drives and control electronics. The new control consoles will feature the production planning system EAE Print, among other things.

The work is being carried out by automation experts from //wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) and their US subsidiary Polytype America Corp. (Mahwah, New Jersey). It is slated to start in June and should be finished by the end of October 2014.

The line of printing presses was originally part of a larger production plant put into operation at Ringier in Switzerland in 1991. It was dismantled in 2008 by the Dutch company GWS and reconfigured for a new installation. The //wifag OF790 went back on line in Shreveport in 2010. It was only the third rotary press in Berliner format for the US market.

"The Times" printing plant in Shreveport is one of 43 printing and further processing facilities operated by Gannett Publishing Services. "The Times" has a circulation of about 35,000 (Mon – Sat) and 50,000 on Sunday (2012 figures).


Open House 2014: OMV is back!

05.06.2014 - OMV celebrated in April its joining the Polytype group with the launch of its F37 Cup Thermoformer in Verona. Customers and friends from all the world came to catch up with the latest developments, listen to updates on T-IML, new materials, barrier technology and ancillary equipment… above all, to enjoy the party!

The event focused on the market launch of F37, OMV’s new medium/high capacity cup thermoformer.

In line with OMV’s tradition, F37 is an In-Mould-Trimming machine featuring excellent productivity combined with low total cost of ownership.

An in-built rim-rolling device allows smart handling of the product, considerably reducing capital expenditure.

But the biggest news is where F37 breaks from the tradition: Its compatibility with base tools of the most diffused models in the market, including the competitors’.

A full, in-line system made of an F37 thermoformer, a D120 extruder and a D80 co-extruder was demonstrated, running “full-steam” during the 3-days event in Verona. Demos where also run on an offline F33, a flexible, medium-capacity in-mould trimming cup thermoformer.

Customers where delighted to see how easily OMV machines are started in operation and handled.

Several moulds designed and built by OMV were also exhibited, showcasing the company’s know-how in providing solutions for innovative packaging.

The whole programme was made even more enthralling by the co-sponsors’ presentations:

  •  the guest speaker Mr. S.K. Chin of Creapack explored at length several case studies of successful shifting of packaging from metal and glass to plastics;
  •  Avantium/YXY introduced its revolutionary PEF bio-plastic, whose applications in thermoforming are developed in exclusive partnership with Polytype//OMV;
  •  Polytype presented its full range of cup & lid printing machines, with emphasis on its Polyflex and on the revolutionary Digital Printing Technology
  •  Scanfill introduced its high-mineral PP- and PS-compounds
  •  ABB, Greenbox and Tria offered insights on the gamut of their products for the thermoforming industry

The kermesse was opened by a show, starting as a “night at the movies” with a short clip about OMV’s past and future and continued with live dances on the theme of “Machines”, where the F37’s performed as a huge drummer, beating at the music’s rhythm!

Guests greatly appreciated the city and wine cellar tours offered by OMV, thus combining business with leisure and fine food & wine tasting.

A final gala dinner at a Villa of the Renaissance Age duly concluded the celebrations, made precious by a small concert featuring famous opera arias, to honour Verona’s heritage as one of the most famous stages of “Bel Canto”.

Though the accent was on F37, the underlying theme of the event was all about OMV’s people: strengthened through hardships, each of them regards his work much more highly than “just a job”.

OMV’s workers put their heart into what they do, every day, and look forward to show the world what they can do:

"  For his heart was in his work, and the heart

   giveth grace unto every Art.  "

               (H. Wadsworth Longfellow, The Building of the Ship)


Roger Schmidt (left) and Peter Ruth

Roger Schmidt is the new Managing Director of Mall+Herlan GmbH

28.05.2014 - Pfinztal, 27 May 2014 - Effective as of 1 July 2014, Mr. Roger Schmidt (46) will take over the management of the Business Unit Metal Packaging of the Swiss Wifag-Polytype group and, in this function, will also be Managing Director of Mall + Herlan GmbH. The Mall + Herlan Group, a subsidiary of Wifag-Polytype, is the leading solution provider of process technology and complete production lines for the manufacture of one-piece aerosol cans, tubes and bottles made of aluminium and steel for personal care, pharmaceuticals, food, beverages as well as home care + technology products.

"We are pleased that we have found in Roger Schmidt such an experienced and capable manager with process expertise", said Peter Ruth, CEO of the Wifag-Polytype group. "With his nomination, the Mall + Herlan group has become strengthened with a proven expert for process systems and surface treatment, to increase the lead of Mall + Herlan production systems through the further integration of lines and process expertise".


Mr. Roger Schmidt graduated in Precision Engineering/Mechatronics with a major in automation engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen. Through his career at various German plant manufacturers, he has accumulated a tremendous amount of expertise in the field of bending, stamping and forming technology. From his previous position as Division Head of a leading system supplier of surface and conveyor systems as well as material-flow-automation for the automotive industry and special applications, Mr. Schmidt brings many years of broad commercial and technical experience in project business for highly productive equipment with global customers.


The Mall + Herlan group, based in Pfinztal, Germany and with three other locations in Neuhausen, Germany, Pfyn, Switzerland and Seriate, Italy, employs 250 people. Mall + Herlan is a 100 percent subsidiary of the Swiss group of companies Wifag-Polytype. Wifag-Polytype group offers total system solutions (machinery and processes technology) for the manufacture of one-piece metal containers, such as aluminium cans/tubes and steel cans, plastic containers, such as extruded/laminated tubes and deep-drawn cups and bowls and digital printing/coating solutions for plastic, paper and aluminium foil. With approximately 1,200 employees, Wifag-Polytype is active worldwide with sales, service and production sites.

 

 


wifag//polytype strengthens its Expertise in Ink-jet Inks and Functional Layers

08.05.2014 - Lars Sommerhäuser, former COO of Ilford, switches to the wifag//polytype Group with an entire team of chemists, laboratory technicians and process engineers

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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

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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


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