TechnologyGallus Labelfire 340
The Gallus Labelfire 340 combines the speed of flexographic printing with the efficiency of digital printing. The digital technology facilitates the processing of variable data and versioning in label printing, which supports the cost-efficient production of short runs. UV curing enables the Gallus Labelfire 340 to be an integrated label converting system, able to varnish, embellish and further process labels from the roll to the finished die-cut label in a single production operation.
The technology uses a UV inkjet head to produce offset quality at a 1200 x 1200 dpi true native/physical resolution, which offers a real advantage in printing small symbols, characters, fine lines, and gradients down to zero percent. The smallest droplet size in the printing industry to date results in smooth, satin-finished surfaces; improved ink adhesion and curing; and minimal ink consumption. The seven-colors-plus-white UV inkjet printing system allows users to match 96% of the Pantone color gamut without switching to spot colors. The system runs at up to 50m/ min with no impact to resolution quality. Path rollers, pressure arms, and a cooling roller enable the processing of temperature-sensitive and thin substrates.
In addition to the UV inkjet technology, one userfriendly operator interface controls both conventional and digital modules, allowing users to manage the entire machine system easily with one operator. The converting systems for postpress operations that are normally located downstream are no longer required, leading to more efficient and cost-effective label production. Costs are further reduced for ink due to the ability to print static areas on versioned labels with an integrated flexographic printing unit. Primer costs are significantly reduced because most substrates can be processed without a primer application. The Gallus Labelfire 340 averages 15-20 percent lower production costs than comparable offline systems, which require two product passes including digital printing and offline converting. This and the possibility of producing several jobs without stopping the press boosts any company's production potential.