New MIRAFLEX II A at the Printing Technology Center
Visitors can find a wide range of machinery at the W&H headquarters in Lengerich, Germany, with machines for manufacturing flexible packaging along the entire value chain from extrusion to printing to converting. The W&H Printing Technology Center has been located in a new 3,000 m² hall since drupa 2016. The latest flexographic and gravure printing presses are available in various versions for customer demonstrations, trials, training, and product optimizations. A latest-model MIRAFLEX II AM8 for flexographic printing has now been added.
W&H has operated a Technology Center for machines used to manufacture flexible packaging for twenty years – always showcasing the latest innovations in the W&H portfolio. It now features five systems for gravure and flexographic printing. Since fall 2017 these include the MIRAFLEX II AM 8, an entry-level machine with state-of-the-art 8- and 10-ink flexo technology. Designed for the core flexible packaging business, it boasts a printing width of 1270 mm and max. repeat length of 800 mm. Solvent- or water-based inks can be used at printing speeds of up to 400 m/min. on all common flexible packaging materials.
Maximum efficiency and sustainable operation are assured thanks to the machine's advanced EASY-SET HD and EASY-REG D modules, which reduce paper waste and set-up time to facilitate fast job changes, even with short runs. The W&H VISION PACKAGE with digital VISION ZOOM matrix camera, VISION FULL line camera system, and VISION CHECK print quality monitoring, including DEFECT CHECK for a 100% quality check and BARCODE CHECK, complete the system. In addition to the MIRAFLEX II AM8, there are also MIRAFLEX II CM10 and VISTAFLEX CM8 presses available. The W&H gravure printing press series is represented by the HELIOSTAR II S high-performance machine and the DYNASTAR. The DYNASTAR has been specifically designed for ultrashort runs and constitutes a revolution in gravure package printing.
State-of-the-art technology, processes, and operating approaches
Besides all of the machinery on offer, the W&H Printing Technology Center is also the place to go for comprehensive information on how best to operate and incorporate the latest package printing presses. An overview of state-of-the-art technology, processes, and operating approaches can be achieved thanks to collaborations with market leaders in pre-press, printing plate, anilox rolls, inks, and much more. Our print experts in the Technology Center have the extensive industry experience needed to guide and advise. Printers can rest assured they have the right partner by their side with W&H when investing in machinery.