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Zim's Bagging Company adds 10-color MIRAFLEX II

Zim’s Bagging Company, a manufacturer of printed polyethylene rollstock, bags, and foam & bubble pouches, has invested in its first W&H press – a 59” 10-color MIRAFLEX II. The new press has been placed in service and running since July 1, 2019.

The new MIRAFLEX II at Zim’s Bagging Company’s plant in Prichard, WV. From left, Andrew Wheeler (W&H), Kevin Worthy (Zim’s), Javeed Buch (W&H) and Harry Zimmerman (Zim’s).

General Manager at Zim’s, Kevin Worthy, stated: “After a thorough installation, the press is running and quickly meeting the speeds we expected. We currently out produce our older equipment by 3 to 1 with an expectation to increase our throughput to 4 to 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,” added 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 ft2 printing department to their existing facility to house the new MIRAFLEX II bringing this facility’s footprint to a total of 62,000 ft2.