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  • 20 Sep 2019

Gallus focuses on digitization of label production

The Gallus Labelmaster conventional press shows new features such as the Digital Printbar and Rotary Die-Cut Unit Quick

Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberg, will focus on the digitization of label production at the Labelexpo Europe 2019.

The Heidelberg/Gallus team will be exhibiting a wide range of label printing presses equipped with new functions that enable customers to benefit from higher quality standards in digital embellishment, produce variable print applications, and improve productivity in conventional label production. In addition to the premiere of the new Digital Printbar – a digital embellishing unit designed specifically for opaque white – the showcase in Brussels will also include live demonstrations of a new quick-change die-cut unit on the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced. Further highlights on the Gallus Labelfire digital label printing press will include fully variable data printing (fVDP for short) and the Digital Embellishment Unit. Gallus is exhibiting at stand B28/C31. 

‘Digitization is now also part and parcel of label production. The Heidelberg/Gallus team will be fully embracing this trend at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 with a view to showing existing and potential customers new ways of maintaining and further improving their competitiveness in the age of digitization,’ explained Christof Naier, general manager label business at Heidelberg/Gallus.

Launch of the Digital Printbar

Gallus uses Labelexpo Europe 2019 to unveil the new Digital Printbar, an inkjet printing unit designed specifically for digital insetting of highly opaque, digital white. With a printing width of 430mm (17in), the new shiftable Digital Printbar benefits from inkjet-based digital print technology and achieves an opacity claimed to rival that of conventional screen printing. 

The new Digital Printbar will be showcased on the Gallus Labelmaster machine system but can easily be integrated into other systems such as the Gallus Labelfire or Gallus RCS 430. 

One advantage of the systems is its flexibility. If different languages are required, for example, no additional hardware is needed for this type of insetting. Depending on the job requirements, this new digital embellishing unit can be a cost-efficient alternative to conventional embellishing methods, says Gallus. The printbar has a touchscreen interface for intuitive operation. It also benefits from quick and easy integration into the workflow via Ethernet or USB. Consequently, the Digital Printbar maximizes the process flexibility of label printers and processors during label production. 

Gallus Labelmaster with a new rotary quick-change die-cutting unit

Gallus is premiering its new rotary die-cutting unit at Labelexpo, a system that supports fast format changes. Visitors to Brussels will be able to witness the fastest ever change of die-cutting format in the company’s history in live demonstrations on a Gallus Labelmaster Advanced equipped with the new Rotary Die-Cut Unit Quick, a fully rotary front-loading die-cutting unit.

Gallus Labelfire trains the spotlight on digitization 

Gallus will be using the ‘Your Smoothie’ campaign to demonstrate fully variable data printing (fVDP) with the Gallus Labelfire at Labelexpo. The design of a self-adhesive label changes while printing is underway according to the type and number of ingredients, meaning that each label is different from the previous one. The possibilities of the Gallus Labelfire’s digital unit combine with the fully variable data printing option to cover all requirements.

Industrial variable data printing (iVDP) can be handled by the Gallus Labelfire. Operators can use this digital label press to print even very small batch sizes as well as items including barcodes, 2D codes, and serialized or personalized labels. Moreover, the Gallus Labelfire hybrid label printing system gives label printers the flexibility to combine additional conventional printing and embellishing processes such as flexo, screen printing, and cold foil embellishment with the possibilities of digital printing.

Gallus Smartfire 

As an integral part of the company’s digitization campaign, the Gallus Smartfire entry-level digital label printing press will also be on show in live demonstrations at Labelexpo. 

Also on show are the latest Screeny printing plates used with the Gallus Rotascreen system and the Phoenix UV LED direct imagesetter from Heidelberg. 

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