Dear readers and customers,
Welcome to the 41st edition of Gallus in Touch, the first for this year.
According to the experts, the technology currently growing fastest and strongest in the label printing industry is digital printing. It has even been predicted that digital printing could become a suitable and effective supplement to flexographic printing. Digital printing systems offer several significant advantages over conventional printing methods. For many companies, deciding which digital printing system to invest in is a major issue, as the wide range of different systems currently available make it difficult to gain an overview of the market. You can find out more about the different printing systems and their advantages in the first article of our new “Digital Now: Hybrid printing systems” series.
Other interesting topics covered in this edition:
Labels are becoming increasingly important. A label is far more than just an attractive form of outer packaging – it plays a key role in promoting a product and communicating its main qualities at a visual level. This is not just a challenge for the companies that make particular brands, but also for the label designers who have to get inside their customers’ minds to produce the perfect label. It is therefore important for both customers and designers to know which options are available for designing labels, and what needs to be taken into account when producing them. You can find out more about the creative processes behind designing labels in “Branded labels the key to product promotion”, an insightful interview with Corinne Ullmann, Managing Director of Packthis.
Ongoing changes in the label printing industry mean that label printers are constantly facing new challenges. It is therefore particularly important to be aware that there is a machine system that can address almost all of these challenges – the Gallus ECS 340. This press provides the ideal solution for efficient and cost-effective label printing. Find out more in Gallus ECS 340 – fully equipped for the latest challenges.
It is now possible for printing unit overhauls for the Gallus ECS 340 to be completed at local Gallus agencies. This means customers no longer have to send their printing units back to the production plant and therefore save both money and time. In Regional / local printing unit overhaul for Gallus ECS 340, you can read more about the locations where overhauls are currently possible at local Gallus agencies.
We live in an increasingly digital world. This goes for label printing, too. From design to prepress, almost everything is now processed digitally. Although conventional printing methods are still the most popular for label printing, the printing formes required can be produced faster and more efficiently if they are prepared digitally. This simplifies the process of manufacturing classic printing formes. Developments in technology have also made it possible to use digital imaging for screen printing plates without any need for analogue film, a method that can significantly reduce overall costs. Find out more about the advantages of digital imaging systems and Gallus Screeny Digital screen printing plates in Gallus Screeny: Successful digital imaging and Simplifying prepress with Gallus Screeny Digital.
The Twinlock surface printing cylinders and sleeves presented at the 2014 Gallus Innovation Days have gone down extremely well with customers and are enjoying increasing popularity. Twinlock printing cylinders and sleeves not only reduce costs and setup time – they also make for higher flexographic printing speeds. You can read more in Gallus Twinlock printing cylinders and sleeves.
In our We are Gallus feature for this issue, we introduce you to Thomas Schweizer. Thomas Schweizer is Head of Development and Testing at Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG and can look back on a very varied career.
Stefan Heiniger Christof Naierback
COO Label Business VP Sales & Marketing