On November 07th the new gravure printing press DYNASTAR by W&H was awarded with the “Packaging Gravure Award 2017” by the European Rotogravure Association (ERA) in the category “Innovation”. The ERA Award is given out every two years to recommend high quality and achievements in the rotogravure print market. The announcement took place during the Packaging & Decorative Conference in Barcelona. The jury especially praised the DYNASTAR for new ideas and concepts to produce short-job runs with increased profitability on rotogravure presses.
The new gravure machine DYNASTAR was introduced by W&H at drupa 2016. The idea for it was born out of today’s general packaging situation that is characterized by more diversification, shorter time-to-market needs as well as shorter printing jobs and accelerated production processes. In addition printers are faced with highest quality requirements, price pressure and environmental restrictions. On the other hand, the advantage of gravure printing is well known as a reliable and stable process, well established in the value chain of brands and distributors products with the best printing quality. In the past, however, the gravure printing process was seen as mainly profitable with long-runs, while at the same time shorter runs have been gaining importance.
As an answer to these challenges in the market the new gravure printing press DYNASTAR was developed specially for high profitability with short print runs of only a few thousand meters. The main advantages of the DYNASTAR are shortest job-change-over times, maximum production uptime, minimized substrate and ink waste during change-over and minimized space requirements.
The most important detail is the new slide-in cart system DYNACART carrying print cylinder, inking roller, ink pan and ink supply, splash guards and the doctor blade device. This concept offers the possibility of making all preparations for the next print job beside the press while the machine is running. Even adjustments of the doctor blade system and the inking roller / ink pan can be pre-adjusted before sliding the DYNACARTs into the press. Change-over of DYNACARTs can be executed in only a few minutes generating a time reduction by 50% compared to conventional rotogravure presses.