Edition 39 / September 2014

Gallus RCS – the benchmark

For over ten years now, the Gallus RCS has been setting the benchmark in terms of print quality, productivity and flexibility in narrow-web label printing. Over 160 presses installed across the globe provide impressive proof of its success, which is based on a unique combination of modular design and high level of automation. Thanks to maximum, end-to-end automation, the Gallus RCS’s extremely short job changeover times and minimum paper waste deliver optimum operational cost-efficiency. Visitors to the Gallus Innovation Days will be able to see a live demonstration of this press being put through its paces. Meanwhile, the success story continues with the new-generation Gallus RCS 430.

Nowadays, a product needs an eye-catching label that communicates its message effectively to get noticed on the packed shelves in shops and be selected by consumers. Label designs are therefore becoming increasingly complex, with greater use of spot colours and a wider range of substrates. International brands also require consistently high image quality, irrespective of application, printing method or geographical location.

The QuadTech® colour control system with SpectralCam™ offers closed, inline colour control for offset printing on the Gallus RCS. The system automatically adapts the ink zones to the pre-defined target colours on the fly throughout the run, which prevents potential operating errors and unnecessary paper waste. It will be demonstrated live on the Gallus RCS 330 at the Gallus Innovation Days.

The QuadTech SpectralCam™ supplies L*a*b* data for precise, cost-effective colour management.

In addition to inline colour control, Gallus is also presenting metallic doming – the latest embellishing innovation for screen printing – on the Gallus RCS 330 (see the article entitled Gallus Screeny – innovative screen printing).

The new Gallus RCS 430

For the first time since its market launch, the Gallus RCS is being completely revamped. The machine system is being equipped with a state-of-the-art control platform so as to be ready for future market requirements and advances in technology. This same control platform is already in use in the Gallus ECS 340 and Gallus EM S machine systems, and having a uniform technology platform opens up potential synergies for users/customers when operating the various machine systems. Having the same user interface (HMI) delivers specific benefits on all three machine systems. Reduced complexity is a further advantage. Having a common control platform simplifies the training of press operators and means staff can easily be assigned to different machine systems. There are more identical spare parts, too, and machine servicing is more straightforward.

Various technical adjustments have also been made to the hardware based on Gallus RCS users’ feedback and experiences. Improved web transport yields greater register accuracy, while optimised inking units in the offset printing unit deliver enhanced colour stability.

The success of the Gallus RCS is based on its unique combination of modular design and high level of automation.

For the first time ever, visitors to the Gallus Innovation Days will be offered a unique insight into ongoing developments at Gallus. The “Looking over the developers’ shoulders” part of the programme will provide a unique opportunity to gain an initial impression of the new benchmark in narrow-web label printing. Register now to see for yourself!

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