Edition 41 / March 2015
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. more
Making up just 3% of total print volumes in 2013, the market for digitally printed labels is still relatively small. However, it is growing fast (by some 15-20% per year), and with a total production value of around 9%, it already offers highly attractive margins. IT Strategies predicts that digital printing is set to be a particularly important alternative to flexographic printing, with 10% of all of today’s flexographic jobs being produced digitally in the medium term. For label printers aiming to provide customers with the full spectrum of applications over the entire product life cycle of a particular label, it will therefore be necessary to consider offering digital solutions for short runs and processing industrially variable data (barcodes, QR codes, serial numbers, etc.). more
MP S.r.l., based in Alba, in the Langhe region of Italy, has always printed wine labels. The company was founded in 1973 by partners Manissero and Pelassa (hence MP), at a time when all labels were printed on paper sheets. The company has invested a great deal of effort, produced millions of labels and always worked with the latest generation of Heidelberg printing presses to ensure it achieves the best possible quality and performance. Over the years, sons Maurizio Pelassa and Fabio Manissero joined the company, bringing a fresh burst of enthusiasm to the business. more
Labels are not all the same. Indeed, they differ in many respects. There are differences in quality, costs, production processes and finishing options. These factors are key to the distinction between “no-name” labels and labels for branded products. In this short interview, Corinne Ullmann, Managing Director of packaging design agency Packthis AG, provides an insight into the creative designer’s perspective on these differences, the process of creating branded labels, customer priorities and the importance of different finishing options. more
The label market is subject to constant change and label printers are always facing new challenges. Rising cost pressure, complex label designs, shrinking run lengths and just-in-time deliveries are just some of the factors that need to be considered. These changes demand efficient, cost-effective label production. The Gallus ECS 340 machine system is the ideal solution, as it cuts costs and boosts productivity at the same time. more
Gallus is now offering printing unit overhauls for the Gallus ECS 340 at regional and local agencies as well as customer sites. This will minimise disruptions to availability. more
The world is becoming increasingly digital and label printing is no exception. Conventional processes such as flexographic, letterpress, offset and screen printing now face competition from digital technology. Although many labels are still printed using analogue processes, the printing formes they require can now be prepared better, faster and more efficiently if they are produced “digitally”. There are a range of digital imaging (computer to plate – CTP) systems available on the market that significantly simplify the production of conventional printing formes. But what exactly are the benefits of digital imaging systems and which is the right one for each particular label printer looking to produce printing formes digitally and cost-effectively? more
Over the past few years, digitisation in the label printing sector has spread to a growing number of areas. From design to prepress, almost everything is now done digitally. Progress in technology has even made it possible to use digital laser ablation to image screen printing plates directly – analogue film is no longer necessary.
CTP (computer to plate) imaging systems can now be used for flexographic, offset, letterpress and screen printing plates. Gallus is the only manufacturer to offer ablative screen printing plates – the Gallus Screeny Digital range. The advantage of Gallus Screeny Digital is that the equipment used for masking (digital imaging) is already available for masking ablative flexographic printing plates.
Screeny Digital makes it easy to integrate the production of screen printing plates into the digital workflow. more
The Twinlock printing cylinder and sleeves presented at the Gallus Innovation Days are enjoying increasing popularity. More and more new machines with Twinlock surfaces are being ordered, while existing printing cylinders and sleeves are being replaced with Twinlock surface models. more
Thomas Schweizer, who has now been at the Gallus Group for more than ten years, has a varied career to look back on. A designer by training, he is an official crew member for a Super Puma military helicopter alongside his work at Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG. Thanks to his hard work and the motivation he derives from tasks and responsibilities, he is now Head of Development and Testing.