Record numbers for Windmöller & Hölscher at K 2016
During the K 2016 W&H welcomed more than 10,000 visitors to their booth and 1,001 guests making the trip to company headquarters in Lengerich for an in-house EXPO. Positive feedback on the technological innovations and a large number of orders made the show a huge success for W&H.
The highlight on display in Düsseldorf was the 5-layer VAREX II blown film line running the intelligent TURBOCLEAN automation module. W&H is the first and only blown film machinery manufacturer to demonstrate complete job changeovers, including changing seven components, film width, thickness and color at a show, three times a day. “With the demonstration of a 12-minute job change, we made Packaging 4.0 real for our visitors,” said Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO. “We ran an entertaining video that made clear how intelligent machinery can have a positive impact on the efficiency and economics of production, with our example showing an 6% increase in machine uptime.
Visitors to the in-house EXPO in Lengerich were able to gain insight into the complete spectrum of machinery by W&H from extrusion to printing to converting. The big highlight was the newly launched FILMEX II cast film line for the manufacture of stretch, CPP and barrier films. The line ran a 2,700 mm asymmetrical barrier film for deep draw applications. The new FILM PERFORMANCE MONITOR (FPM), integrated into the automation of the FILMEX II allows for consistent and reproducible film quality and is a perfect example of Packaging 4.0.
“Innovation from W&H and its effect on end applications could be seen on the three machines at the K 2016 booth and the 10 machines running at the in-house EXPO. The sheer number of visitors, closed contracts and new contacts tell us that we’re on the right track. K 2016 was a complete success for W&H,” concludes Steinbeck.