Gallus – Range of orders for Labelfire and Labelmaster at Brussels Expo
BELGIUM • As subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Gallus announced numerous orders for the new Gallus Labelfire digital label press as well as for the Gallus Labelmaster at Labelexpo Europe 2017 which took place from 25 to 28 September in Brussels.
At the Labelexpo, Gallus presented the Gallus Labelfire digital label press with enhanced inline finishing processes. As opposed to the digital label presses found on the market which only print digitally and incorporate label postpress activities into a downstream process, the Gallus Labelfire produces finished and die-cut labels in one production run. According to the company, the digital printing of finished labels on the Labelfire press enables faster production times in conjunction with less paper waste. Also, due to the latest generation of Fujifilm inkjet printheads, the Gallus Labelfire, with a native resolution of 1,200 dpi, is set to ensure print quality that matches that of offset printing.
Numerous orders were signed during the trade fair, including by first-time customers from Italy, Austria and Germany, according to Gallus. Three customers have already ordered or are using their second press.
Gallus Labelmaster Advanced
After the premiere of the Gallus Labelmaster during the Gallus Innovation Days in September 2016, Gallus also presented the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced line with multiweb feature (several webs are processed simultaneously and are merged to produce the end product) to the public for the first time at the Labelexpo Europe 2017 – in addition to the basic version of this machine.
Due to its modular design, the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced line impresses with top levels of flexibility and a high degree of automation – according to the company. The press is set to provide label printers with maximum process variability. This means that the various finishing and printing units at any position in the press can be changed quickly and easily, thus facilitating any configuration, including for the production of complex label products.
The Gallus Labelmaster can be configured by the customers in line with their individual requirements – on a job by job basis. The demand for this press platform exceeded expectations, resulting – according to the company “in the fastest start-up of a machine system in the history of Gallus”. The initial series of more than 20 machines, which will be produced by the end of the year, has already been sold.
The new Gallus Labelfire 340 digital printing system has been designed for the self-adhesive label market. The global print volume of these labels is growing by around 4 percent each year. The proportion of the volume that is printed digitally is only approximately 6 percent – but this is increasing significantly. Digital printing is therefore influencing the transformation in this highly promising market segment. Forecasts indicate that in the medium term around every second machine sold in this sector will print digitally. With the development and provision of entire workflow solutions for efficient operation of conventional and digital label presses, Heidelberg and Gallus will play an active part in shaping the transformation of the business models in this segment and will be able to offer the users flexible and economic solutions for it.