Heidelberg India organized a two-day, Label and More, event at the Avery Dennison Innovation and Knowledge Centre (ADIKC) in Pune, with the spotlight on Gallus Labelmaster 440.
The knowledge-sharing sessions and live demonstrations of the Labelmaster 440 were showcased to more than 80 printers across the labels and packaging segment, and ADIKC partners including Esko, Dupont, Flint, Royal Coat, Rotometrics, Univaco, and Tesa.
Ferdinand Rüesch, senior vice president, global key accounts, Gallus, stated, ‘The Labelmaster 440 fulfills some critical criteria of most label printers. With shorter print run lengths leading to several job changes and potential material waste, there is a greater need than ever before for a resource-efficient label press with shorter setup times. The Gallus Labelmaster 440 fits the bill perfectly, while also addressing key performance demands for producing self-adhesive labels, mono films, shrink sleeves, in-mold labels and cartons.’
In the two-day forum, multiple jobs were printed on the Labelmaster 440 to underscore its dexterity in handling a broad array of substrates. The print demonstrations included a multi-color carton printed on a 200gsm board with matt gloss varnish aand die-cut, all-in-one pass; cosmetic label printed on 50 microns shrink transparent substrate with reverse printing in a single pass; and self-adhesive label with matt and gloss varnish and die-cut.
Samir Patkar, president, Heidelberg India, said: ‘This press ensures low wastage, high performance, and high efficiency. Configuration flexibility and agility facilitates quickest adaptability to evolving market conditions. This futuristic design of the Labelmaster protects the investment of the printer, while providing competitive differentiation and profitable returns.’
‘The modular design of the Labelmaster 440 makes it a compelling value buy. The press can be configured to meet distinct business needs. You can add a screen printing unit, Gravure print unit, hot foil stamping unit, multilayer, a die-cutting unit in print position, quick-change front-loading die-cutting system and more to produce premium labels or cartons. The perfect price performance ratio is indeed a classic competitive edge,’ Patkar added.
According to the company, the Labelmaster 440 supports high printing speeds of up to 200 m/min and produces premium print quality at high speed with high-end finishing, as the printed image is always in the register. At all times, an ink chamber optimized for high speeds facilitates optimal ink transfer to anilox rollers with minimal splashing and foaming.
Rüesch concluded, ‘The ADIKC was a great platform to interact with more than 80 CEOs operating in flexo, gravure and sheetfed offset segments, and understand their challenges and needs. The forum also led to some interesting discussions with printers exploring a foray into labels, as well as converting cartons by flexo.’
Nirav Shah, director, Letra Graphics, said: ‘We thoroughly enjoyed the live job runs, especially the multi-substrate printing with coating, and finishing all in one go. It is exciting to see label printing move beyond the best.’
Bhrigav Jain, owner, Monarch Graphics, said, ‘Heidelberg has always strived to create bespoke brand experiences for clients. This event was no exception. The Labelmaster 440 demonstrations were impressive.’
The Gallus Labelmaster has more than 100 installations worldwide since its debut in 2017.
Read a detailed report in Labels & Labeling, issue 1.