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.


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


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.


//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.


Mall + Herlan: Upgrades, modernization and extensions

03.04.2013 - Technically well engineered innovations facilitate your processes and are an important tool to save competitive advantages. Benefit with upgrades from further development of our technologies and solutions. So there is the possibility of the modification of your old press CP 85/75/65/55/35 from hydraulic to new pneumatic compact drive.

Upgrade to pneumatic compact drive

The unit which is ready to be installed consists of a single-stage high performance planetary gear, a high-speed flywheel for power accumulation as well as a pneumatically actuated clutch/brake combination.

Technical advantages compared to the hydraulically controlled clutch-brake unit:

  • Compact prefinished unit, ready for installation
  • High effectiveness
  • Extremely low mass moment which effects in:
    short break times, higher safety, reduced wear and lower energy costs
  • Easy pneumatic installation, less liable to breakdown
  • High durability, great wear reserve as the friction lining is much thicker
  • Fast and easy wear control
  • Easy to service - low service costs
  • Eco-friendly! Low noise level

More information for the upgrade of your press you can find here.


We will be happy to answer your questions about this upgrade or about any other product via email
or phone +49 721 946 01 11.

 

Competitive advantages of upgrades:

We continuously develop our products, reduce changeover time, make our machines and lines more efficient, more flexible, user and eco-friendly.

Your benefits:

  • More competitive advantages
  • Higher productivity and flexibility
  • Better system integration
  • Secured system availability
  • Extended life cycle

More information concerning upgrades you will find here .


Direct line - The Mall Herlan Customer Service becomes more effective

09.01.2013 - Any technical questions? You intend to optimize your production? In that case you should talk to us, your equipment manufacturer. This is now rather easy with the new Customer Service from Mall Herlan.

Competence in Service

Your technical equipment is only as good as the service, which guarantees the quality of the equipment over the years and maximises productivity. For Mall Herlan, Customer Service is not just a fact, but the clear focus of Ulrike Koch, Head of Customer Service and her team.

Ulrike Koch is the partner of choice for all customers, looking for special technical solutions, with interest in service contracts or service offers, wanting to achieve improvements or needing technical assistance. Either the growing team of Ulrike Koch is able to help right away or she will coordinate and charge the most competent specialist from Mall Herlan or from our international establishments of the Wifag-Polytype Group with this matter.

Many topics – one contact, that is easy!

To make our Customer Service work, we have set up the possibility for our customers to get in touch directly with our Customer Service over our Service Hotline +49 721 9460111 (Mo-Fr 7 a.m. -17 p.m. CET) for all issues concerning presses, printing units, washers and all other technical equipment.

The Mall Herlan Customer Service starts early, before the first problems arise. Our Customer Service Team takes care of you and your equipment directly after your decision for one of our products and from there on for all common Service questions during the complete lifecycle of your equipment or machine.

Our Customer Service offers you:

  • Installation and start up
  • Spares and supplies
  • Remote Service and Support
  • Upgrades and toolings
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Applikations Service
  • Monitoring, Training und Processoptimization
  • Pilot Plants

It is a platitude: Service is as good as it reacts to the customer. To make sure we act and react according to your wishes, we kindly ask for your feedback. From now on, you will get a short questionnaire after each dedication of one of our technicans. Please help us to understand your needs better und get better continuously.