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Gallus – An impressive demonstration at Labelexpo Europe

Throughout Labelexpo Europe, the Gallus DCS 340 digital industrial converting system proved to be a real magnet for the more than 9,500 visitors

BELGIUM • With a new brand image, the Swiss company exhibited over an area of more than 1,200 square metres and presented over 40 live demonstrations to visitor numbers in excess of 9,500 people over the four days of the trade fair. The impressive demonstration included two upgraded printing press systems – the RCS 430 and ECS 340 – as well as the market launch of the Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing system. This was was topped off by a new generation of the Screeny screen printing plates and new printing accessories.

The Gallus DCS 340 is said to be the first industrial digital label printing system completely geared to the requirements of industrial label printing. “We achieve a visual resolution of 2400 x 2400 dpi thanks to a physical resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi with a droplet size of just 2 pl. Very small fonts and fine lines are printed precisely and with sharp edges, and vignettes down to 0% can be printed without tonal value jumps,” explains Jonny Dörig, Product Manager for the DCS 340. “The eight-colour printing system (white, YMCK, GOV) extends the colour gamut beyond the pure CMYK scale without having to switch to additional Pantone and spot colours.” In addition, the system’s finishing capabilities were showcased in a live printing demonstration of a chewing gum label. Visitors were able to see the label – which was embellished with two different cold foils, one overprinted and one downstream from the digital printing unit (DPU) – produced all the way from the PDF to the finished die-cut product in a single pass on the Gallus DCS 340. The highlight of this demonstration was the ability to rapidly change the spot colour according to visitor requests thanks to the integrated digital front end (Prinect) which, like the digital printing unit (DPU), comes from the development stable of Gallus parent company Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

In the area of conventional label printing, Gallus presented the completely upgraded Gallus RCS 430. This press features optimised offset printing units that offer improved ink/water balance and a new control unit, enabling Gallus to ensure customers benefit from a 10% increase in cost efficiency compared to the previous version. With more than 300 units sold, the ECS 340 is one of the most-purchased label printing press in its class. Improved flexographic printing units enable label printers to achieve further increases in efficiency.

In terms of printing accessories, Gallus now offers a new self-adhesive Twinlock cylinder that simplifies the assembly of flexo printing plates. Also on show were three new types of doctor blades. The screen printing division presented a new generation of printing plates, the Gallus Screeny A-Line. These screen printing plates offer high accuracy, robustness and a long service life, together with impressive print results and image resolution.

“We’ve every right to be satisfied with the results of this trade fair,” says Klaus Bachstein, CEO of the Gallus Group. “With over 9,500 visitors to the stand, over 50% more machines sold than at the last Labelexpo and the number of pre-reservations for the new Gallus DCS 340 digital press system running into double digits, this year’s Labelexpo was a complete success for Gallus.”

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Armin Karl Geiger

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