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Oerlemans manufactures plastic packaging for packaging and specialised wholesalers in all variations and sizes, from fruit and vegetable packaging to carrier bags. The modern printing press has 6 state-of-the-art printing units. Using these machines, Oerlemans can produce simple line loads right up to full colour screen printing. The latest equipment in the machine park is able to print with10 colours. Founded in 1972/ approx. 250 employees
Ronald Couwenberg: Here at our location in Giessen we mainly print flexible packaging for the food and agricultural sectors. On one hand, this involves a large amount of foil packaging for garden soil. On the other hand, we also manage the production of packaging for baked goods. On top of that, we additionally print on shipping bags for e-commerce and e-retailing.
Ronald Couwenberg: Our machines are primarily fitted with pneumatic and hydraulic adapters from INOMETA, made from either CFRP or steel. On our F&K 16S we use a hydraulic steel adapter. This is a custom build with a printing length of 330 mm, which was developed and manufactured for us by INOMETA. The special feature of this adapter is the very small degree of bounce, which is not so easy to implement.
Our W&H Miraflex printing machine uses INOflex® CFRP adapters from INOMETA. Here, we print using pneumatic and hydraulic CFRP adapters and achieve very good results in terms of print quality, machine performance and speed as well as the reduction in bouncing.
Ronald Couwenberg: As a rule, we always start a print job with the pneumatic adapters. But since we also have two hydraulic adapters of each size available, we can refer to them when problems occur in the printing process.
Ronald Couwenberg: Most notably, they solve the issue of ‘bouncing’, the vibrations that repeatedly occur in flexographic printing. This can also evidenced by the approval of the machine by W&H. With the hydraulic adapters we can further increase the printing speed, which means that on balance we have more throughput.
Ronald Couwenberg: The pneumatic adapters are easy to handle and easy to grip. This is especially true for the larger, heavier sizes. They have something like a handle on the operator side. This is a clear advantage over adapters from other manufacturers. In addition, INOMETA guarantees good print quality at high print speeds on these adapters.
Ronald Couwenberg: That always depends very much on the order. We mostly print heavy and thick foils, so the roll is used up very quickly. Of course, that continues to limit the maximum speed.
Ronald Couwenberg: Yes that's true. At the moment our experiences with INOMETA are very good. My colleagues in production are very satisfied with it. As far as we are concerned, the next machine will be re-equipped with INOMETA adapters.
An interview from Stefan Rixe und Jan-Dominik Sturhan