New Stahlfolder folding technology improves production flow and achieves much higher net output


Druckhaus Müller employee Beqir Berisha is seen here by the Stahlfolder KH 82. (Credit: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

Druckhaus Müller OHG is based in Langenargen on Lake Constance in Germany. Founded by Josef Müller in 1978, this second-generation family business is now run by his sons, Marius and Pius.

Druckhaus Müller OHG’s product portfolio includes typical commercial jobs and small, folded inserts for confectionery packaging. Weekly and monthly periodicals are a further focal point. From the time the data is received right through to the point the end product is ready for shipping, everything takes place in-house using production technology and software from HEIDELBERG. That includes a Speedmaster XL 106 with Push to Stop technology. “Druckhaus Müller and HEIDELBERG have enjoyed a close partnership for decades. The print shop has regularly invested in new technologies to ensure it remains competitive,” says Mirco Klumpp, who is responsible for sales and customer service at HEIDELBERG.

Following investments in new printing systems, Druckhaus Müller OHG updated its postpress operations at the end of last year. The company invested in two fully automated Stahlfolder KH 82 combination folding machines, each with four buckle plates, a cross-fold unit, and a pallet feeder. They replaced an existing folding machine of the same model type and a Stahlfolder KH 78. The investment also included a Polar N 115 PRO HD cutting system, complete with all the peripherals for supporting layer and pile logistics.

Druckhaus Müller has created the prerequisites for this with its latest investment. One of the combination folding machines is largely reserved for the longer runs, while the smaller jobs are completed on the second machine. Using the control terminal to set up the Stahlfolder technology is a quick and easy process. Servomotors adjust the folding rollers, buckle plates, and cross-fold unit to the required dimensions fully automatically. The faster makeready processes have a particularly positive impact on productivity in the case of short runs, the number of which is growing strongly.

For many years now, Druckhaus Müller OHG has been committed to conserving resources. Wherever possible, the company uses FSC-certified paper grades that meet the requirements for sustainable forest management.

Druckhaus Müller customers can ensure their print jobs are climate neutral by financially supporting carefully selected carbon-offsetting projects.

The production process is also geared towards being as eco-friendly as possible. The use of chemicals is minimized when developing printing plates, the print shop’s sheetfed offset presses use Saphira Excel Bio inks, and the dampening water contains a greatly reduced proportion of alcohol.

Source: Company Press Release