Web Direction Series Laser Processing Machine

Preco Web Direction Flexible Packaging Machine

Designed for a Variety of Flexible Packaging Features

The Web Direction (WD) series machines are primarily utilized for micro-perforating, venting and controlled depth scoring applications. These machines are designed to be integrated inline with slitter rewinders but can also be adapted to laminators and extrusion lines. The WD series machines are built to handle web widths up to 2000 mm (79 in.) and they can have up to sixteen processing heads.

Applications

  • Micro-Perforating - Modified atmosphere packaging (for burst protection and moisture release)
  • Web Direction Scoring - Straight line, controlled-depth scoring in the web direction (for easy-open features)
  • Microwave Venting - Controlled depth and/or through-cut line segments (dashes/slits)

Multiple modules with maximum flexibility.

The WD Series machines can be designed and integrated into production lines such as laminators, extruders or can be set up off-line on a rewinder or slitter. Systems are adaptable with web widths up to 1600 mm (62.99′′). This series offers precise laser scoring for easy-open packaging.

Preco's Patented Beam Compression Unit

Preco's beam compression technology is used to produce consistent geometric-shaped holes at processing speeds up to 2500 ft./min. This is the fastest perforating head in the industry.

MATERIALS

  • Plastic Films
  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • EVOH
  • Nylon
  • Laminations
  • Foils 
  • PLA

CAPABILITIES

  • Laser Scoring
  • Laser Micro-Perforating
  • Laser Slitting
  • Laser Slit/Scoring

Features & Benefits

Just some of the many benefits of buying a Preco Web Direction laser machine.

Job Run From Recipe Files

Reduces set-up time; unify production from operator to operator

Bi-Level Scoring Operation

Provides added flexibility in scoring different film materials

MPLC Laser Controller

An on-the-fly controller that compensates web speed fluctuation during the entire run resulting in quality product and substantial waste reduction

Operation Status Display

On-the-job feedback including laser processing parameters, web speed and web length

Quick-Remove Optics

Easily clean lens and mirrors without causing beam misalignment

Easy CW Traverse Positioning

Quick and accurate positioning of score or perforation locations

Micro-Positioning of Beam Head

Precise positioning of focal point and ability to handle different film thicknesses

Ramp Up – Ramp Down Control

Eliminates scrap caused by the overpowering of material at slower than normal processing speeds

Closed-Loop Power Control (Optional)

Precision Control of laser energy, Unique to Preco

Tech Specs

Technical parameters are based on a baseline standard but all Preco Web Direction laser machines can be customized to meet your product's needs.

  Fixed-Focus Heads Beam Compression Heads
Venting Speed (short slit pattern) Up to 45 m/min (150 ft./min) Up to 457 m/min (1,500 ft./min)
Perfing Speed  Up to 45 m/min (150 ft./min) Up to 457 m/min (1,500 ft./min)
Perforating Precision 1:1.75 Hole aspect ratio 1:1.2 Hole aspect ratio
Perforation Hole Size 50 µm - 150 µm (0.002 in. - 0.006 in.)
Scoring Speed Up to 610 m/min (2,000 ft./min
Lasers 1 -10
Output Heads  1 - 10
Cross Axis Beam Adjustment Rows 2 Rows 
Machine Footprint Cross Web: 2743 mm (108 in.) 
Web Direction: 1270 mm (50 in.)
Height: 2438 mm (96 in.)
Web Width Standard 1600 mm (63 in.)
Laser Power 40 - 100 Watts (Other laser sizes available per request)
Laser Wavelengths  9.3 µm, 10.2 µm or 10.6µm
AcuBreathe® / AcuTear™ Software Included
Safety Enclosure Class 1
Lower Web Stabilization Support Included 
Process Monitoring  Requires Closed Loop Power Control
Power Requirements Controller: 208VAC, 3PH, 50/60Hz
Chiller: 460VAC, 3PH, 60Hz

The above data is subject to change. All specifications are dependent on laser power, material type and thickness, and process platform - consult with a Preco associate.

Laser Equipment Line for Flexible Packaging

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ZonePro Series

Small Area Laser Processing Machine

The ZonePro series has the ability to add scoring or perforating features within a defined width or "zone" across the flexible packaging material.

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Cross Web Series

Large Area Laser Processing Machine

The Cross Web Series was designed to laser perforate, score and cut shapes or lines on-the-fly across the web.

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Web Direction Series

Laser Processing Machine

Designed for laser micro-perforating, scoring and microwave venting in the web direction with high-speed capabilities.

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FlashLite Laser Modules

Compact Integratabtle Laser Modules

FlashLite Modules offer laser scoring and laser micro-perforating for easy-open, easy-fill and easy breathe packaging.

Have Questions? Contact Us

Reach out to a Preco sales representative directly to get your project started.

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Kurt Hatella

EVP of Laser Equipment Sales
715.247.3285
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Tim Gamboni

Sales Manager – Laser Packaging
715.247.3285
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Salvatore Scarvaci

European Managing Director
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Volker Hofmann

Sales/Technical Support Manager
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