Efficiency and quality gains through integrated and comprehensive assistance systems concept
More than 100 VISION systems sold by W&H since drupa 2016
Assistance systems yielding efficiency and quality gains have become indispensable in today's printing world. To date, however, flexographic and gravure printing presses have tended to contain a range of systems from different providers for web monitoring, inspection, printing impression, register setting and more. Inevitably, this has led to added complexity and interface problems. At drupa 2016, W&H brought an integrated assistance system to market for the first time. The VISION package combines these systems, with a single operator interface. "The deep integration of the modules into the press means less data entry when starting a job, faster machine changeovers, and reliable, faultless print production – essentially, greater quality and efficiency," declared Ulrich Harte, Head of Marketing Printing and Finishing. The numbers speak for themselves: The specialist in machines for manufacturing flexible packaging is giving the market what it wants. "The VISION package has already become a standard in W&H machines; we've sold more than 100 systems since drupa," declared Harte.
The VISION product range, developed under the slogan PACKAGING 4.0 – Integrated, Intuitive, Intelligent, significantly boosts the efficiency of W&H printing presses. The system is fully integrated into the printing press architecture and PROCONTROL operator console. A panel of monitors facilitates intuitive touchscreen and stylus operation. The maximum configuration includes modules for detecting the causes of print defects and intelligent automated troubleshooting. "The printer benefits from a uniform, modern operating concept for the printing press and print quality monitoring. The printing process is monitored directly across the entire machine. Process deviations are quickly detected and immediately c
orrected, making the machines much easier to operate, and considerably boosting performance and profits," explained Harte.
The right assistance systems for each individual situation can be chosen by selecting from the various modules within the VISION system.
- VISION ZOOM uses a matrix camera for web monitoring.
- VISION FULL incorporates state-of-the-art, high-resolution line cameras for early fault detection. These line cameras also help manage job changeovers as part of the EASY-SET and EASY-REG automation systems.
- VISION CHECK further adds to the configuration, with modules for determining the causes of print defects and intelligent automated troubleshooting, e.g. targeted cleaning processes and machine parameter adjustments.