INNOVATIVE PRESS PROGRAMME TARGETS PRINTER SUCCESS
The second gallus group Innovation Show saw the launch of new presses, new additions and a product improvement programme – all targeted at making its customers more successful.
Label printing and label press demands have changed dramatically in recent years, with decreasing run lengths, shorter delivery times, higher quality and an increasingly wide variety of label substrates to be printed upon. Ecological aspects have also become important, as well as a requirement to produce even more diverse label – and non-label – products on narrow web presses.
Such was the background to the second gallus group Innovation Show held at St Gallen’s OLMA exhibition centre from 16 to 18 June 1994.
Supported by some 15 major suppliers to the printing industry as co-exhibitors, gallus used the event to launch a brand new flexible printing system – the CS250 – as well as to demonstrate the latest additions to the T250 machine system, a product improvement programme for the R200 and to present a new em 280 ks flexographic printing press from the gallus German subsidiary arsoma.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the show was the new gallus CS250 converting system. Designed and created after several years of market research, and making full use of the synergies of the various firms that make up the gallus group, the new machine offers packaging film and label converters the versatility required in today’s marketplace.
Featuring a modular design with a standard interface between all printing units, the CS250 enables an operator to slot in any of the gallus group – letterpress, flexo, screen, hot foil stamping – and to build up any required press configuration.
All the printer needs to allow for when purchasing the press is the maximum number of processes needed at any one time to do a particular job, thus reducing the investment needed to purchase the press.
The CS250 is available with UV curing. Each plug-in module has a single heating element and can be fitted to the machine wherever required. Up to three curing units can be used with each printing unit.
Operated from a control unit fitted with a large-size touch-screen monitor, the unit can be easily removed to any convenient position along the full length of the machine. This allows the operator to control all the machine’s assemblies and modules regardless of the central unit’s own location.
The T250 machine system – first shown at the 1992 Innovation Show – was this year presented with the latest additions, including waterless offset printing by the Toray process and remote control ink-zone adjustment. In total, the T250 machine system has grown to 25 different modules which include offset, letterpress, UV flexo, flatbed and rotary screen printing, as well as units for hot foil stamping and for flat and rotary die cutting.
With label printers keen to exploit lucrative new markets by fitting additional units to existing equipment, gallus used the show to launch its Product Improvement Program (PIP) for the R200 press.
At present, PIP covers nine different functions: washing unit, register control, ink level control, fine adjustment of die cutting depth, new letterpress and UV flexo units – all intended to improve printing quality and cost-effectiveness. The PIP range is available either as a complete set or as separate items to upgrade existing R200 machine systems.
Also at the show was the new em 280 ks flexo press from arsoma. Originally lent price/performance profile, this can be expanded to up to 15 printing and processing positions.
Through primarily intended as a start-up system, it nonetheless offers the user a very wide and flexible choice of production methods. The machine on show had six flexo printing units and rotary die cutting.
Supported by some 15 major industry suppliers, ranging from BASF, the multinational chemical company, to electronics specialists such as Grossenbacher and Seelitho AG, and materials suppliers such as Jacstädt and Raflatac, the Innovation Show had much to offer visitors.
Of particular interest from the suppliers was the new BASF nyloprint WFHII plate for the printing of self-adhesive labels, together with the newly developed nyloflex FAH plate. Harder than any other plate in the nyloflex range, the FAH is reported to offer excellent half-tone printing with UV flexo inks, particularly when it is made on an appropriate substrate in thin-plate technique.
Rotoflex International showed an automatic inspection, cutting and rewind unit for 250mm-wide materials, while Electro Optic presented its innovative magnetic micro-perforating die cutting plates. Flexocon AG demonstrated its new single-chip and three-chip RGB web video systems.
For those interested in labelstock developments, Jacstädt offered its new D170 permanent adhesive that makes labels insensitive to temperature, as well Polysuper, its latest second generation powered substitute for PVC. Raflatac showed its new RP-51 Bigtac in action. Stated as extremely versatile and suitable for a broad spectrum of applications, this permanent, universal high strength adhesive is the result of intensive R&D on the composition of contact adhesives.
Other exhibitors included Gerhardt International, Graphics Microsystems NV, Lüscher Machines, E Merch, Nordson, Spilker and SPL Spectrum Planning & Logistics.
Unanimously positive comments from the label printers who came to the show indicate that the gallus group has now put together a press and support programme which is extremely favourable – but that’s not all.
Gallus intends to go still further. In future, it will not only supply products but also customer-specific sales and other services. By making advisory services constantly available, together with the provision of training tailored to target group needs, and new product design strategies, the gallus group intends to make an active contribution to the business success of its customers. An aim with which its customers will surely agree.