US label converter ASL Print FX has added a 10-color Gallus RCS 330 from Heidelberg to fuel growth and add versatility at its Napa, California plant. The company has three Gallus presses at its Vaughn, Ontario location.
ASL Print FX, with three North American locations, has earned 83 technical awards over the last ten years – primarily for the high-end labels it produces for the wine and spirits market.
Producing labels for the luxury market, which also includes health and beauty, ASL prides itself on ‘bringing its customers’ brand visions to life on the shelf’. Before production, the team at ASL spends time with its customers prototyping labels to ensure what they are designing will be reflected in the final product. The inline capabilities of the 10-color and 12-color Gallus RCS 330s and 10-color Gallus ECS 340 in Vaughn lets ASL designers be creative. All three machines combine multiple printing methods including flexographic, screen, cold and hot foil – all inline.
‘Gallus makes the best machines for the high-end clientele we serve,’ said Stacy Daly, vice president of Operations and co-owner of ASL Print FX. ‘Not only the embellishments they can produce inline, but they really have best-in-class registration. You can’t beat the quality.’
ASL is most proud of the Best of Show and Best of the Best awards it has received multiple times from TLMI in both North America and worldwide. The awards are only presented to one winner overall – beating out thousands of entries.
Based on the success ASL had with its Gallus machines in Canada, the time was right to install a new Gallus RCS 330 in its Napa location to continue to fuel growth in that market. ‘If there’s a demand, we’re not afraid to invest,’ said Daly.
The RCS supports multiple inline printing processes including offset, flexographic, screen, and hot foil stamping. While ASL was able to do these before installing the RCS, production is much more efficient as all of the processes are now done inline.
‘The RCS gives us much more versatility,’ said Daly. ‘Since we can do everything inline, the increased efficiency helps our pricing and makes us much more competitive.’
With its high degree of automation, the RCS 330 achieves offset printing quality results and holds tight registration.
‘Our primary goal is to be able to offer our customers great quality at a good price and the Gallus machines are helping us achieve that,’ said Daly.