Welcome to the 40th edition of Gallus In Touch, which we are delighted to kick off with an extremely positive report from the “Gallus Innovation Days”, a hit with label printers from all around the world. The three-day event, held in St. Gallen in September, centred on the world premiere of the new generation of digital printing presses for labels – The digital future is Gallus DCS 340 – that sets hitherto unknown label-printing standards in terms of productivity, flexibility and quality with its native resolution of 1200 dpi, print speed of 50 m/min and exceptional register accuracy. All in all, it’s a formidable package that thoroughly impressed the 700+ international visitors. Thanks to the collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and its partner for inkjet technology, Fujifilm, this ambitious project was fulfilled in less than 18 months. You can find out more about this successful piece of teamwork, as well as getting the full lowdown on the acquisition of the Gallus Group by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG that took place in July, in our Gallus & Heidelberg interview with Klaus Bachstein, CEO Gallus Group, and Stefan Heiniger, COO Label Business at Gallus.
Other topics covered in this edition are as follows:
A Gallus ECS 340 forms the new centrepiece at T/A RAKO Tamperseal (Pty) Ltd., part of the global RAKO GROUP. The eight-colour UV flexographic printing machine, which was commissioned a few months ago primarily for the production of self-adhesive and SSL labels, delivers another important competitive boost for this relatively young company: South Africa’s first Gallus ECS 340 for RAKO Tamperseal.
Well-established label printer Nordvalls uses the latest technology with Gallus Screeny Digital, too. Sweden’s largest label printer with three production sites, Nordvalls recently started using Gallus Screeny Digital to deliver top-quality screen-printed labels to extremely tight deadlines. The production of screen printing formes is now fully integrated into the existing digital workflow for flexographic and offset printing formes, which greatly improves productivity and reliability in production.
The wide range of applications for plastic tubes has brought a substantial increase in the market share of this form of packaging in recent years. In our article entitled Gallus ECS 340 – where tube laminate meets efficiency, we outline the advantages of this extremely flexible and reliable form of packaging and explain how the Gallus ECS 340 can now also be used to process tube laminate profitably, precisely and with minimal waste.
The article on Gallus Screeny – metallic doming explains all about this unique combination printing process and its metal relief effect on transparent self-adhesive materials or tube laminate. It shows how Gallus unstintingly sets new standards in combination narrow-web label printing. The “metallic doming” process is currently being tested and perfected on the Gallus RCS 330 with the aim of making it transferrable to other Gallus machine systems in future.
Another technological innovation in the Gallus screen printing portfolio is the Gallus Screeny A-Line (Advanced Line). The combined Gallus expertise gathered over 30 years of developing and producing screen printing plates – from the micro-mesh structure to the photopolymer layer – was examined and used to and reinvent them. The results are impressive: The Gallus Screeny Advanced Line (A-Line) sets new standards when it comes to robustness and the maximum re-utilisation rate of screen printing plates.
The flexographic printing plate can be described as the heart of flexographic printing, as it has a decisive influence on a label printer’s print results and production efficiency. Useful advice on selecting the right flexographic printing plate for your production needs is offered in the report on How the flexographic printing plate influences print results. Gallus assessed the flexographic printing plates made by top-name manufacturers by carrying out test prints and examining and comparing them before summarising its key findings in this report.
This time round in our series of articles We are Gallus, we introduce you to Niklaus Amacker. Niklaus has been working for Gallus since 2010. After being in charge of all communication and marketing tasks at Gallus for a good three years, he has been working for Gallus as Area Sales Manager in Latin America since 2014.
Last but not least, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to providing you with further interesting and informative articles about “success and security for the labelprinter” in 2015.
Stefan Heiniger Christof Naierback
COO Label Business VP Sales & Marketing