PHOTO: The new MIRAFLEX II at Zim’s Bagging Co.’s plant in Prichard, WV. From left, Andrew Wheeler (W&H), Kevin Worthy (Zim’s), Javeed Buch (W&H) and Harry Zimmerman (Zim’s).
Zim's GM Kevin Worthy says, “After a thorough installation, the press is running and quickly meeting the speeds we expected. We currently out produce our older equipment by 3:1 with an expectation to increase our throughput to 4:1 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 on 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 8 colors,” adds 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 fully-integrated VISION 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 with just shy of 100 employees added a 12,000-sq-ft printing department to its existing facility to house the new MIRAFLEX II bringing this facility’s footprint to a total of 62,000 sq ft.
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