• Digital label converting: the Gallus Labelfire.
    Digital label converting: the Gallus Labelfire.
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Label press manufacturer Gallus will be focusing on the digitisation of label production at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019, which will take place from 24-27 September in Brussels.

Under its motto for the event – “Powered by Your Trust”– the Heidelberg/Gallus team will be exhibiting a wide range of label printing presses equipped with new functions that it says will enable label printers to benefit from higher quality standards in digital embellishment, produce variable print applications, and improve productivity in conventional label production.

The showcase in Brussels will 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 will be exhibiting at Stand B28/C31 in Hall 5.

Speaking to trade journalists at a preview event in Austria this week, Christof Naier, general manager Label Business at Heidelberg/Gallus said, “Digitisation is now also part and parcel of label production. The Heidelberg/Gallus team will be fully embracing this trend at the upcoming Labelexpo, with a view to showing existing and potential customers new ways of maintaining and further improving their competitiveness in the age of digitisation.”

Gallus will 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, the new shiftable Digital Printbar benefits from inkjet-based digital print technology and, says Gallus, achieves an opacity to rival that of conventional screen printing.

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

One big advantage of this technology is its impressive 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 highly cost-efficient alternative to conventional embellishing methods. The printbar has a touchscreen interface for intuitive operation, and also benefits from quick and easy integration into the workflow via Ethernet or USB. Consequently, the Digital Printbar maximises the process flexibility of label printers and processors during label production, says Gallus.

Gallus is also premiering its new rotary die-cutting unit at Labelexpo, a solution that supports fast format changes. Visitors to Brussels will be able to witness whatthe company bills as the fastest ever change of die-cutting format in its 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 will be using the Your Smoothie campaign to demonstrate fully variable data printing (fVDP) with the Gallus Labelfire at the show. 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. Gallus says the possibilities of the Labelfire’s digital unit combined with the fully variable data printing option cover every possible requirement.

Industrial variable data printing (iVDP) is no problem either with the Gallus Labelfire. Operators can use this digital label press to print even very small batch sizes, as well as items including bar codes, 2D codes, and serialised or personalised labels. 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.

As an integral part of the digitisation campaign, the Gallus Smartfire digital label printing press will also be on show in live demonstrations at Labelexpo. Aimed at short runs that are constantly changing, this press is a cost-effective, professional solution for anyone who is looking to move into digital label printing, says Gallus.

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