Download: eDossier “A balance between digital and conventional”

Download: eDossier "A balance between digital and conventional"

With hybrid presses consisting of digital and conventional processes labels can be printed and converted on a single platform. Such systems have been available on the market for several years. However, recently, new concepts for hybrid presses have been introduced.

Digital printing is already an established process for label printing. This is due to the steady increase of small run jobs and the demand for 2D barcodes and numberings. Technology companies already recognized this trend years ago resulting in about 60 different models of digital printing presses currently available. The majority of these presses use the inkjet process as it requires significantly less developing time compared with electrophotographic print engines. Read the full article in our eDossier “A balance between digital and conventional.”

Some manufacturers of conventional label printing presses joined the trend towards digital label printing and began developing their own digital print engines. Whereas most of the inkjet solutions are mainly focused on pure digital printing, such machines offer the platform-based opportunity of integration into conventional presses with inline converting. Therefore, they are hybrid presses combining digital and conventional printing processes.

Inline or offline?

The concepts of pure digital printing and hybrid printing respectively, are based on different approaches. With pure digital printing, many of jobs have to be printed in the shortest possible time. All obstacles like the make-ready of rotary die-cutting units or cutting knives has to be carried out off-press. This offers the opportunity, to pool jobs to be printed on the same substrate. The subsequent separation of the single jobs will be done on the converting machine. In case an inline solution is needed, there is the opportunity to integrate a converting unit into the digital print engine.

With hybrid presses the whole label job can be executed with a single machine. Apart from digital printing this concept includes conventional processes like flexo, screen and letterpress printing, and converting units for lamination, die-cutting and cutting. The finished reels are than ready for final quality control and shipment. This offers the opportunity for single-pass operation. It is of course possible, to use digital printing exclusively and do the converting steps in an offline mode. In order to get more information, visit our shop to download the whole article for EUR 3,99.

High print resolution

Currently, different hybrid label printing presses are available on the market, combining digital with conventional printing processes on a single platform. This includes the Caslon by Nilpeter, the Graphium by FFEI, the DFlex by Focus Label Machinery; the Digital Series by Mark Andy, Mlabel by Mprint, Puma by Graficon, and JetPlus by Omet. In addition, Gallus introduced the DCS 340 in the second half of 2014, with the official market introduction scheduled to be at Labelexpo Europe in September 2015 in Brussels.

All these machines are based on the same working principle. A platform technology combining modules for digital and conventional printing processes and certain converting units.

Apart from the individual design, the machines distinguish themselves also by print resolution. In this respect the DCS 340 holds the top position of 1200 x 1200 dpi by using new Fuji print heads. Learn more about “A balance between digital and conventional” – you can easily download it for EUR 3,99 in our shop.

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