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From commissioning to production in record time

From commissioning to production in record time

Plastchim in Bulgaria successfully commissioned the second cast film line from machine builder Windmöller & Hölscher at the end of 2017. The Bulgarian packaging manufacturer has already been producing mainly bread packaging and laminating film on a FILMEX I since 2012. The FILMEX II was commissioned in only 9 weeks, while the surrounding production hall was still under construction. Only two days after the first run with melt, W&H handed it over to Plastchim for the first night shift. Two days later, the final acceptance by the customer took place with production within the promised parameters. "We are very satisfied with the fast commissioning and smooth handover of FILMEX II by W&H. In addition to the convincing technology of the FILMEX, which we know from our own production, it was precisely this comprehensive service from W&H that convinced us," says CEO A. Faik.

The new FILMEX II is equipped with the latest generation of extrusion technology for excellent melt quality. Its three extruders have a production capacity of up to 1000kg/h, for consistently high-quality 3-layer CPP films. Precise dosing units ensure excellent individual layer accuray. The chill roll unit with integrated "High Performance Package" sets standards in film quality and process automation. Precise web tension control in conjunction with the FILMATIC TC cast film winder guarantees constant, outstanding roll quality for direct further processing of the film, without having to re-wind it first. The fully integrated automation system for controlling the entire system through the intuitively designed PROCONTROL TS graphical user interface ensures maximum productivity.

Following the successful commissioning, Plastchim, in cooperation with W&H, relocated the first FILMEX I just as smoothly into the same hall. Since January 2018, the two machines of the first and second generation have been producing CPP film side by side. "The feedback from our customers on film quality produced with the FILMEX is excellent. The first FILMEX was used to capacity within a very short time. The FILMEX II expands our capacity to meet the demand for high-quality film," says Faik. He draws a positive overall balance: "W&H has fulfilled and in some cases even exceeded our expectations in every respect - quality and professionalism have fully convinced us".

Plastchim-T is the largest manufacturer of biaxially oriented polypropylene film (BOPP film), cast film (CPP) and flexible packaging in Southeast Europe. The company is one of the five largest manufacturers of BOPP films in Europe. With over 50 years of experience, Plastchim-T offers its customers high-quality products throughout the European Union and in other countries outside it.