Gallus Innovation Days 2018 – 800 visitors in three days
Demo of the new digital label press Gallus Smartfire, shown during the press manufacturer's Innovation Days 2018 (Source: Gallus)
SWITZERLAND • For the third time, more than 800 visitors from all over the world attended the Gallus Innovation Days that took place from 26 to 28 June. The event was held at the headquarters of Gallus a member of the Heidelberg Group, in St. Gallen, Main attraction of the event was the new digital label press Gallus Smartfire.
“Gallus Smartfire: getting started in professional digital label printing is possible with affordable investment amounts”, so the company states. The inkjet label printing machine, equipped with a 4c printing head (CMYK) is suitable for printing of ultra short runs starting from one unit possible, whilst printing with water-based inks and a native resolution of 1600 dpi. The integrated inline converting module includes lamination, a cutting plotter for individual die-cutting contours and a semi rotary die-cutter.
Also the Gallus Labelfire, Gallus‘ digital high end label press, was presented with a newly introduced Digital Embesllishment Unit (DEU). This DEU applies matte, gloss and spot varnish inline and in various heights, with which relief effects can be done. The DEU was e.g. shown in combination with a cold foil unit as with this method, metallic relief effects can be printed digitally. This method optically resembles hot foil stamping but does not cause any tool costs and is furthermore applicable on plastic substrates, according to the company
“During this event, we already sold a Gallus Smartfire to Poland. We were able to establish contacts with new customers and successfully conclude sales contracts with existing customers,” says Christof Naier, head of business unit label (Gallus).
In Gallus’ new showroom, the Print Media Center Label, visitors were shown the production of a multi-layer label on the Gallus ECS 340, using a web shifting unit.
On the Gallus RCS 430, the visitors of the Gallus Innovation Days could see a flying imprint process and on the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced, a longitudinal and latitudinal register control was shown for the first time.
The Heidelberg company plans to continue this biennial open house event.