Zim’s, Bagging company, a manufacturer of printed polyethylene rollstock, bags, and foam & bubble pouches, has invested in its first Windmoeller & Hoelscher press – a 59” 10-color MIRAFLEX II. The new press has been placed in service and running since July 1, 2019.
Zim’s General Manager Kevin Worthy, stated: “After a thorough installation, the press is running and quickly meeting the speeds we expected. We currently out-produce our older equipment by 3 to 1 with an expectation to increase our throughput to 4 to 1 as we become more proficient with this new technology.”
To meet the company’s standards for sustainable production, the MIRAFLEX II was supplied with Turboclean Advanced E inking and wash-up system with electric pumps that are energy efficient and save both time and wash-up solvent usage. “This technology reduced an 8-color wash-up that used to take 1.5 hours manually to just 3 minutes in total for all eight colors,” added Worthy. A closed loop solvent reclaim and recycling unit to allow for the reuse of ink and solvent waste was also installed.
The new press is equipped with W&H’s own integrated web inspection system, including defect check and bar code check that provide operators with real time production data and control of the jobs on press.
The 55-year-old family company based in Prichard, WV, added a 12,000 sq ft printing department to their existing facility to house the new press.
Zim’s Bagging Co. www.zimsbagging.com