Gallus: Digital press developed in cooperation with Heidelberg and Fujifilm
SWITZERLAND Gallus is unveiling its future machine generation for digital label printing. During a world premiere, a pre-series model of the digital printing system will be presented to the industry for the first time. Gallus DCS 340 (Digital Converting System) is the designation of the new digital inline label printing system, which has been developed in cooperation with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and Fujifilm and will set new standards in digital label production.
“Due to continuing growth in short-run label production and personalised, versioned labels, we are seeing investment on the market steadily shift towards printing presses that utilise digital printing. The growth potential for this printing method is considerable and we expect to see high growth rates over the next ten years,” says Stefan Heiniger, COO Label Business at Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG.
Despite this, many label printers have not yet taken the decision to introduce digital printing – in part due to the compromises that are associated with this process in label printing. Slow printing speeds, the inability to print some spot colours, inadequate workflow solutions and a lack of true inline finishing and embellishment capabilities can result in additional process steps or undesirable compromises when it comes to label features. What’s more, current digital printing press solutions often result in less efficient production and poor compatibility with additional printing and embellishment processes.
Thanks to the collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and its partner for inkjet technology, Fujifilm, the new Gallus DCS 340 digital inline label printing system features a printing module with next-generation inkjet printing heads. The unique print head design enables several heads to be joined together for a greater print width, without visible transitions. A native resolution of 1200 dpi delivers print quality that is unmatched in UV inkjet printing today. This technology – combined with the speed of flexographic printing and the efficiency of digital printing – results in the new Gallus DCS 340 digital press, and of course Gallus is also staying true to its high standards in register accuracy on this digital machine.
It will be interesting to see the print quality and speed of the machine. Although the article mentions print speeds not sufficient for real production but omits the intended print speed of the Gallus press, it has to be said that mprint has had a label press, the mlabel, in the market for over three years and current print speeds are up to 75m/min (246 ft/min). And it always had - and still does - true inline converting capabilities.