Eminence Business Media

Eminence Business Media

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gallus Print Shop at Labelexpo Americas 2012

During  Labelexpo  Americas,  which  is  taking  place  from  11  to  13  September  2012  in  Chicago, Gallus is joining forces with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG to showcase the job-optimised  manufacture  of  labels  in  a  hybrid  production  environment. The Hybrid  print  production describes the various ways that conventional and digital printing can be used together.

The focal point  of  the  presentation  at  Labelexpo  is  the  Gallus  Print  Shop  concept,  which  is  using  a  Gallus ECS 340, Gallus ECS C and Heidelberg Linoprint L to show how digital and conventional printing methods can complement each other when used to print labels. The Prinect and CERM workflow solutions from Heidelberg are being used to integrate the different methods.

Heidelberg Linoprint L for digital label printing
To support the digital printing of labels, blister packs and films, Heidelberg is supplying the inkjet systems of CSAT, the digital print specialist it took over in the summer of last year, under the name Heidelberg Linoprint L. The Linoprint L (previously the iTS6oo) is a drop-on-demand system for the cost-effective and sophisticated printing of short to medium label and film runs and applications with variable content. During the fair, Gallus and Heidelberg are exhibiting an integrated, hybrid solution for  digital  label  printing.  Comprising  the  Heidelberg  Linoprint  L,  the  Gallus  ECS  C  processing solution and Prinect and CERM workflow solutions, this solution can be used to execute short runs and print pioneering applications such as smart labels, security printing and trackable labels.

Gallus ECS C is setting new standards in the processing of digitally printed labels
Under  the  banner  of  “high  performance  digital  converting”,  the  Gallus  ECS  C  digital  converting system  combines  the  best  aspects  of  conventional  label  printing  with  the  possibilities  offered  by digital printing. Based on the revolutionary Gallus ECS 340, Gallus has created a digital converting solution  with  the  innovative,  format-free  die-cutter  at  its  heart.  Minimal  changeover  times  and virtually waste-free job changes are made possible by front loading, a sleeve system, chambered doctor blade, presetting and an extremely short web path. The robust design, based on technical granite, and the Gallus register control function combine to ensure exceptionally smooth operation and high processing quality even at very fast speeds. 

A partner of Heidelberg
Developed  to  handle  the  output  of  up  to  two  highly  productive,  commercially  available  digital presses,  the  Gallus  digital  converting  system  can  be  used  whenever  there  is  a  need  for uncompromising productivity at minimal cost per label – and particularly when complementing the Heidelberg  Linoprint  L.  The  modular  structure  also  opens  up  an  unexpectedly  wide  range  of applications.  Almost  any  configuration  is  possible,  from  the  compact  version  consisting  of  a  die-cutter and flexographic printing unit to a multicolour configuration with finishing processes.

The CERM workflow offers label printers fully integrated end-to-end solutions
Today, digital technologies are playing an ever greater role in the entire workflow, from order entry and prepress to actual printing and dispatch. In  the  past,  the  digital  technologies  used  in  label printing  have  primarily  been  deployed  for  production  purposes.  However,  with  ever  shorter  runs leading  to  a  growing  number  of  printing  jobs,  the  amount  of  work  involved  in  managing  and  planning these jobs prior to the start of printing will also grow. As a result, digital order processing will increasingly emerge as a bottleneck in the entire workflow.  Administrative and logistical processes in the print shop also have to be adapted accordingly. CERM offers impressive business management  and  automation  software  that  delivers  customised  solutions  for  all  workflows  along the entire value creation chain of a label print shop.

Gallus ECS 340 – save money without compromising on quality
The  highly  successful  market  launch  of  the  Gallus  ECS  340  will  also  enter  its  next  stage  at Labelexpo Americas 2012. In 2009, state-of-the-art technologies and construction materials new to the  label  industry,  such  as  technical  granite,  led  to  the  creation  of  an  exceptionally  innovative machine concept that boasts a spellbinding design and maximum productivity. The new era of cost-efficient commodity label manufacture that was heralded at the time has now become an integral part of everyday operations for many Gallus ECS 340 users.

Numerous  innovative  further  developments  will  be  on  show  at  Labelexpo  Americas - impressive proof of the close, cooperative relationship Gallus enjoys with its customers. This in turn results in a wider range of applications for the Gallus ECS 340. The range of options for the Gallus ECS 340 is also being expanded by important elements such as automatic register control, hot-air drying and sheet delivery.

The  Gallus  Print  Shop  concept  at Stand  5803  will  give  visitors  to  Labelexpo  Americas  an insight into these impressive end-to-end solutions that cover all aspects of an order from its receipt right through to its fulfilment. Moreover, exhibits including various latest-generation presses will also offer live demonstrations of efficient hybrid production using a whole range of printing methods.