Mike Andrews Ph.D. from W&H Presents “A Comparison of Extrusion Processes and their Effect on Film Properties” at AMI Multilayer Films Conference
Lincoln, RI – Dr. Mike Andrews, Process Technology and Application Development at Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H), will present “A Comparison of Extrusion Processes and their Effect on Film Properties” at the 2-day AMI Multilayer Films Conference being held on June 27-28 at Chicago’s Marriott O’Hare hotel (www.amiplastics-na.com/events).
Dr. Andrews’ presentation examines films produced from three extrusion processes and evaluates their key barrier properties as well as the effects of film structure on physical properties and downstream converting.
Dr. Andrews joined W&H in 2016, building on his long career in the plastics industry. He spent 17 years with Gloucester Engineering in Europe and the United States, then more recently served as the Director of Product and Application Development in Biopolymers at Metabolix in...
International Visitors and Top-quality Discussions at interpack
German machinery manufacturer, Windmöller & Hölscher, comes away from interpack 2017 very satisfied. “As a specialist in machinery for the production of flexible packaging, interpack is one of the most important international trade shows for W&H. This year, the importance of the trade show was underscored by the large number of international visitors and the high-quality discussions we had at the booth,” said Chief Sales Officer (CSO) Peter Steinbeck. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Jürgen Vutz added, “Customers invest in improving the efficiency and quality of their production to profit from the growing flexible packaging market. We saw this again and again through the high traffic to our booth, the interesting and fruitful discussions that were had as well as from the number of orders we were able to close on the show floor.”
At interpack, which ran from 4 to 10 May in Düsseldorf, W&H provided information about its entire portfolio of packaging machinery from extrusion lines to printing presses to converting equipment. “Customers are interested in the potential for optimization that a continuous process from film to sack can offer. This is in part to better understand the correlation between individual steps and the effects they have one another, and also in part because they themselves offer their customers the...
Breathable backsheet films: serving the growing hygiene market more efficiently
Backsheet films are a growth market. Around 590,000 tons are used each year and the number is on the rise. Breathable films used in products such as diapers make up some 50% of this total. “Experts estimate a CAGR of around 4.4% for the hygiene market up to 2020,” explains Ali Hassan, Hygiene Market Specialist at engineering firm W&H. Diaper and incontinence products seem to have a particularly high potential. “Factors such as our aging society, the growing acceptance of these kinds of products and higher global availability, particularly in developing regions, are the driving forces behind this,” adds his colleague Dirk Dreier. Where breathable backsheet films have traditionally been made predominately using cast film extrusion, the experts at W&H are now advising customers to convert to blown film extrusion systems. “We are seeing a clear trend of companies moving to blown film extrusion technology for their backsheet films”, says Hassan.
According to the experts, there are a great number of benefits associated with producing breathable backsheet films using blown film extrusion. These include a lower weight per square meter, and therefore lower raw material usage, and better mechanical properties despite a comparable output rate and speed. “Diaper backsheet films made using cast film extrusion tend to have a base weight of around 16 g/m². The thinner, breathable diaper backsheet films made using blown film extrusion with inline...
The valve sack experts: W&H offers more than just machines
The market for industrial packaging is full of different valve sack concepts for paper, woven plastics and plastic films. There are a number of reasons for this, such as different applications, availability of the respective materials, or even regional differences, sometimes with historical root causes. Since A.M. Bates first introduced the valve sack concept back in the 1920s, Windmöller & Hölscher has been a reliable partner for the sack and bagging industry. Based in the Westphalian town of Lengerich, the German family-owned company offers a machine solution for every concept, as well as support with sack development and concept evaluation. And with its new AD proFilm MP film valve sack, W&H is taking another step.
The AD proFilm MP sack is manufactured on the AD PLASTIC 2 valve bottomer. The machine, launched in 2015, is unusual in that it uses hot air to seal the sacks. This means that it does not require adhesives, which can be the source of significant production costs and technical process limitations.
When the company was developing the new AD proFilm MP film valve sack, it chose to focus on two key factors: high moisture protection (MP = moisture proof), and extending the product’s shelf life. It...
W&H Introduces EASY CONTROL Modules for FFS
The greatest potential for increasing the efficiency of FFS machines lies in creating a comprehensive, uniform system
At interpack 2017, machine manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher will be presenting the latest model of its successful TOPAS FFS machine as part of a complete FFS line, which also includes the PLATINUM palletizer and the ARGON stretch hooder. The company’s presentation will focus on the EASY CONTROL automation and operating concept and its variety of modules designed to make the system more intelligent and increase uniformity across the entire FFS line. “Our customers need their machines to be fast...
Admiral Packaging adds 10c MIRAFLEX Flexographic Press to Printing Capacity
Admiral Packaging, a mid-sized, nationally-operating converter producing a variety of products for general food packaging, has stepped up printing capacity with the addition of a 10-color MIRAFLEX C II flexographic printing press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.
The new press joins a 10-color NOVOFLEX, also from W&H, and provides Admiral with greater flexibility of job management as well as the ability to get customers' jobs to market quicker. A new inset feature for second pass printing such as matte finish and varnish applications has opened new opportunities for both new and existing customers.
The MIRAFLEX II C was introduced at drupa 2016. The line at Admiral is the first in the U.S. and is equipped with W&H’s fully-integrated VISION web...
Sebastian Huennefeld from W&H Presents “Packaging 4.0: Fiction or Reality” at New SPE Conference in Anaheim
Sebastian Huennefeld, Product Manager of Blown Film Extrusion at Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H), will present “Packaging 4.0: Fiction or Reality” at the first-ever Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) conference co-located at SPE’s ANTEC Anaheim 2017 on Wednesday, May 10th. The inaugural, all-day conference – called “Industry 4.0” (www.4spe.org/industry4.0) – will take place at the Anaheim Hilton, during the final day of the May 7-10 ANTEC event.
Huennefeld’s presentation will address hopes and expectations created by smart manufacturing and the trend toward the interconnected factory generally known by the term Industry 4.0, and begin to differentiate between fiction/perception vs. strides that have been made. He will present two case studies within the flexible packaging industry – one about stretch film and the other barrier film production – and focus on how the value chain can be transformed to benefit consumers, manufacturers and...