Edition 34 / June 2013
Welcome to the 34th edition of Gallus In Touch. On 1 June 2013, a global sales agreement signed by Heidelberg and the Gallus Group came into force that covers marketing and service for Heidelberg Linoprint L digital printing systems. This agreement means that the sales and service organisations of Gallus can now exclusively offer the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital printing system to professional label printers around the world. The digital system rounds off the Gallus product portfolio, which now offers label printers the full range of printing technologies – digital, flexographic, offset, screen and rotogravure printing – from a single source and true to the guiding principle at Gallus: “success and security for the labelprinter”. more
Gallus opened a regional sales and service centre in Singapore on 1 September 2011 with the aim of getting closer to customers in South-East Asia and thus optimising customer service locally. The efficient Gallus support this ensures was a key factor in the Pemara Group's decision to purchase a new Gallus EM 340 S, which went into operation at the Pemara plant in Malaysia in March 2012. Using the new press, the aim is to drive down production costs, improve printing quality and increase print speeds. more
Minimal label press downtimes boost a print shop’s productivity and efficiency. In view of the growing competition in the sector, everything possible is being done to minimise downtimes, and production strategies are being continuously improved. This two-article series therefore aims to describe the Gallus Rotascreen support and service solutions for screen printing and screen printing plates as part of the overall label printing system. While the first article focussed on training and application consulting, this article provides a detailed breakdown of how automation and standardisation with computer-to-plate (CtP) technology and the re-use of screens can deliver significant improvements. more
T.W. Parkers, a self-adhesive label and packaging converter, and the UK’s leading supplier of ‘post-mold’ labelling, has installed two Gallus EM 430 S lines at its plant in Bootle on Merseyside to boost efficiency and broaden the scope of its production capability. The two flexo presses replace three older 330mm wide presses, and according to Parkers, have ‘doubled running speeds and have the additional benefit of a wider web width.’ more
For decades, letterpress printing dominated the label printing sector. Indeed, it has only relatively recently been replaced as the main printing method by flexographic, offset and digital printing. Other printing methods such as screen and rotogravure printing are used primarily for finishing purposes. Although some label printers still use letterpress printing, more and more are switching to flexographic printing, and it won’t be long before the method is finally consigned to history.
The following article looks at the similarities and differences between the two printing methods before going into greater detail about the issues that need to be addressed when switching from letterpress to flexographic printing.
The demand for short and/or variable print runs is growing extremely rapidly on the label printing market. As a result, professional label printers increasingly require digital printing systems that enable flexible, high-quality and cost-efficient production of such runs. Gallus is therefore adding the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital drop-on-demand (DoD) system to its portfolio. It is offering these systems with immediate effect in Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia via its sales and service organisations. Further markets will follow gradually. In this connection, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and the Gallus Group have signed an international sales and service agreement for the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital printing systems. more
Customer proximity is a decisive factor for long-term success in an industry where the pace of change is getting faster all the time – and it is also a crucial cornerstone of the corporate culture at Gallus. In 2011, as part of a move designed to ensure that growing international markets receive optimum customer support, Gallus opened another sales and service centre to serve the markets in South East Asia – Gallus South East Asia Pte. Ltd. In the year and a half since it opened, Gallus has gained a steadily growing number of customers in the region. Gallus South East Asia Pte. Ltd. is also working to expand its customer services with committed and well trained locally-based staff. more
Being able to sustain high-quality results and rely on printing accessories with a long service life does a great deal to help a print shop improve its productivity and efficiency. Today, with competition in the sector getting increasingly tough, it’s particularly important to have a dependable supplier for printing accessories that can also act as a service partner. Thanks to its long-established experience as a manufacturer of label printing presses and its global service network, Gallus is able to meet these requirements in full. more
To achieve a good print result, particular attention needs to be paid to the most important parameters in rotary screen printing. The key influencing factors are the type of screen, the ink, the squeegee and the flow path. This article focusses on the last of these parameters and how it impacts on screen printing. Printers can influence the flow path by adjusting parameters such as machine speed, the length of the flow path and the rheology of the screen printing ink. more
After studying mechanical engineering at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and obtaining a foundation qualification in economics from the University of Augsburg, Georg Riescher was able to gain wide-ranging experience in various management positions in the international mechanical engineering sector. He has been VP Research & Development at the Labels division of the Gallus Group since the beginning of February 2013. more