Top picks: W&H Heliostar II
W&H says that the Heliostar II is considered as the most advanced press available in the market today
12 Dec 2020 | By WhatPackaging? Team
The first Heliostar rotogravure press was delivered in India in 2017.
More than 300 worldwide.
Heliostar II is considered the most advanced press available in the market today. The machine is future-ready for smart factories — simple, intuitive and easy to operate. W&H designed the Heliostar II for widths between 800-1,700-mm with higher outputs in the range of 400-600-m/min. Equipped for Packaging 4.0, the latest Heliostar II is known for its operator friendliness, superior print quality with high consistency, shorter changeover times, 7C gamut and efficient CPP and PE printability on high speeds, with economical ink and solvent utilisation.
The reason for the high preference for W&H lines worldwide is outstanding features of Heliostar II. The printing presses are unique and several of them are W&H patents. It includes features such as driven inking roller, which helps in achieving higher print consistency; vision, an intelligent, intuitive and fully integrated web inspection and 100% defect detection system; easy-sync/heloio control for superior register setting/control, strongest dryers in the market, with superior rinsing and wash-up system. With its auto-track system, customers experience negligible wastage during automatic roll changeovers even at production speeds of up to 600-m/min. The press is fully integrated and controlled by Procontrol touch screen.
DEVELOPMENT IN GRAVURE
The Indian market is now witnessing a growing demand for high capacity presses with speeds above 500-m/min along with faster job changeovers. The W&H rotogravure presses are capable of handling highly critical applications with high precise register accuracy for demanding substrates and low contrast ink and varnishes. During a recent live demo, the company was able to successfully print a PE-MDO 24 microns film at 400-mpm, a precedent of its passion for innovation.