Something that can be said about drupa is you never run out of things to look at, new novelties to discover or innovations to explore. And while that is the point, with 17 halls of printing technology, it can be very easy to experience sensory overload. Because of that, the editor of Flexo & Gravure Global and Flexo+Tief-Druck took a day off campus to see the newest innovations from Windmöller & Hölscher.
The headquarters of W&H lies about two hours away from the trade show in Lengerich. Traveling across the autobahn with five other buses filled with people, we arrived and were treated to a full afternoon at the technology center. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to publish any photos from that event here, but our readers will have more access to the event in our upcoming drupa reports issue.
In the technology center, the company demonstrated a print job on its newest Dynastar rotogravure press, which was designed for shorter runs with a changeable cylinder concept with slide-in carts. This makes it possible to make all preparations for the next print job while the machine is running. The result is that after five minutes a new order can go into production, the company said.
Also printing at W&H was its newly designed, sleek-looking Miraflex II C, a flexographic printing machine with updated and better access for cleaning and maintenance, making it easier to do quick job changeovers. In addition, the bearing stiffness was increased 20% and the machine ran a job at 600 m/min (1,969 fpm). W&H said it has sold 450 machine from the Miraflex family in two years.
The editors also walked through the technology center’s extrusion center (if that technology interests you, take a look at our sister publication Packaging Films) on the way to see both the Vistaflex CL with Easy Check C and BST eltromat technology (read more about that in our latest issue). The operator ran a print job on that machine at 800 m/min (2,625 fpm) and said the machine’s autochange function could complete a changeover in nearly 13 minutes. Also on display was the Heliostar SL rotogravure press.
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