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  • 05 May 2021

GEW completes 20,000th system installation

GEW’s Bernd Prattl, sales manager for DACH with Martin Chaluš, owner of FlexON, and Daniel Mencl of Heidelberg

UV curing specialist GEW has completed the 20,000th UV curing system installation, marking another milestone in the company’s history following its 30th-anniversary celebrations in March 2021.

System number 20,000 is a 35cm width, the four-lamp configuration of GEW’s GD3 lampheads, retrofitted to a Gallus Labelfire 340 press at FlexON’s label printing facility in Vestec, Czech Republic. 

To mark the significance of this particular installation, each of the UV lampheads has been specially anodized with a gold finish to the front. 

Holger Frenzen, field installation manager at Gallus, commented: ‘The GEW GD3 system is the default UV solution for the Labelfire 340, so I have to say that the installation itself was nothing remarkable. We have installed so many similar GEW systems, the process is now fairly routine. The fact that this is GEW’s 20,000th system is what makes it special. The number is impressive but unsurprising, these UV systems are so widely used because of their build quality and reliability.’

As is the case with most GEW narrow web installations, the integration and commissioning of the new system was carried out by the original equipment manufacturer, in this case, Gallus. The commissioning of any GEW UV integration is simplified for the installation technician. The system is pre-checked before power-up and immediately connected via the internet to GEW’s remote monitoring service. 

‘Our 20,000th system installation is another momentous occasion in GEW’s history and development, coming soon after the recent celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary,’ added Marcus Greenbrook, director of international sales at GEW. ‘Despite challenging global restrictions created by the coronavirus pandemic, we have been able to continue both OEM and retrofit installations successfully with the flexibility and technical support of our distributors and business partners worldwide. Our remote commissioning and online monitoring services have really come into their own during these difficult times, enabling us to ensure that every UV system integration is right first time, every time.’

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