At Labelexpo Europe 2023, ink logistics provider GSE will reveal additions to its range of ink dispensing systems and management software programs for achieving repeatable color quality and reducing ink handling costs in the label and packaging workflow
GSE will present its solutions, both physically and virtually with an app, under the theme of ‘A.I. Your Inks!’ – highlighting the performance benefits of automating ink processes and integrating them with existing software platforms.
The company will be present at Stand 7D59, Brussels Expo, Brussels, Belgium from 11-14 September 2023.
Dedicated software simplifies ink handling processes
According to the company, the GSE Ink manager software provides dedicated programs for automating, simplifying and accelerating every ink-related step in the print workflow — reducing human input, the risk of error and ink consumption, while enabling better forecasting and planning. The software is specially designed to track and manage inks through the more complex ‘circular’ workflow route that spot color ingredients can take – involving the reuse of leftovers in new jobs.
The Ink manager software programs are available for processes including purchasing, inventory control, reusing press-returns, ink batch tracing, color formulations and management reports, among others. The GSE software integrates seamlessly with existing ERP and cloud software, so ink-related data, such as formulations, job costs and inventory levels, can be exchanged with other MIS systems easily and instantly – without needing to manually re-enter information.
Automatic dispensing cuts ink spend
GSE’s Colorsat ink dispensing systems blend accurate spot colors on-demand, while cutting out waste, errors and delay in colour preparation – potentially reducing ink consumption by up to 30%.
Colorsat dispensers are extendible and tailored to volume and application needs – including for label, flexible packaging, carton and corrugated board printing. They are available for UV, LED-UV, low-migration, water-based and solvent inks, and flexo, gravure and screen processes.
Colorsat ink dispenser streamlines process colour print workflows
At Labelexpo, a GSE Colorsat semi-automatic single ingredient dispenser will be introduced. This enables fast, accurate and clean dispensing of colrs, varnishes or coatings that are intended for printing without being blended: the ingredient is dispensed into a dedicated bucket of 2kg – 20kg capacity, and then supplied directly to the press.
“The economical single ingredient dispenser is designed to reduce ink-handling costs for medium-to-high volume process-color and extended color gamut printing situations, with water-based and UV-ink sets,” says Maarten Hummelen, marketing director and co-owner of GSE.
The dispenser may optionally include a computerized weighing scale, and GSE Ink manager software modules for ink batch traceability, cost control and order management. It can be installed in the vicinity of a printing press and be integrated easily in a network with existing dispensing systems equipped with GSE Ink manager software. In that case, the workflow can be further streamlined by using the new system as a station for weighing press-return inks as well.
At Labelexpo, a single ingredient dispenser with five components – cyan, magenta, yellow, black and transparent white – will feature at the booth.
Automation: crucial for cutting waste and solving skills shortages
Maarten Hummelen says, “Label and packaging printers should look seriously at automating processes wherever possible. Automation is key to driving down costs and is the way to mitigate for skills shortages that the printing industry faces.
“With GSE’s automated ink dispensing and software solutions, integrated within the workflow, converters are best placed to assure consistent color quality and safety compliance, in a sustainable, efficient and responsive way — with the best use of people,” Hummelen says.