On 27. and 28. March, machine manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) hosted visitors to the open house “Experience the Future of Flexo”. More than 500 visitors from around the globe attended demonstrations showing how fast an optimized printing processes can be today: Just 3 hours after a group photo was taken, the image was produced on the new NOVOFLEX II at speeds of 600m/min. Job changes every 5 minutes demonstrated the efficiency of the W&H machines and intelligent automation systems for short runs.
The highlight of the Open House was the premiere of the NOVOFLEX II highperformance
flexographic printing press, which can print the most challenging jobs at maximum speeds. W&H demonstrated the performance of the new system by switching between two images at a speed of 600 m/min. Both jobs were high line count graphics with particularly hard leading edges of plates.
The first image was the group picture taken in the morning.
Speed in the overall process
The conversion from image to finished print in 3 hours was made possible by an optimized overall process. Partner KODAK FLEXCEL used the FLEXCEL NX Ultra solution to produce ready-to-print Ultra plates in less than one hour. The NOVOFLEX II with its clearly structured printing unit as well as automatic storage and sleeve ejection system enables a sleeve change in just a few minutes. The EASY automation modules ensure fast setting as well as impression setting and register setting in less than 90 seconds.
“We wanted to demonstrate that flexo printing, with its high quality and proven process
reliability with modern W&H machines and an optimized overall process, enables enormous flexibility and speed. The reactions of the guests showed: We were successful,” summarizes Hermann Veismann, Head of the Printing Division at W&H…