Great interest in Gallus Open Day

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Labelmaster demo at Gallus Open House
In the Print Media Center visitors could further see how efficient label production is possible, shown on a Gallus Labelmaster Advanced with a production speed up to 200 m/min. Source: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG

More than 130 visitors at Gallus Print Media Center Label witnessed live demonstrations of the Labelmaster and Labelfire presses at the company’s historic plant in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Printing experts talked about the latest developments regarding low migration as well as digital white applications at the Knowledge Forum held at the event.

The first Gallus Open Day in 2020 in Switzerland was packed with insights into Gallus and Heidelberg solutions and innovative applications for smart label production. Visitors were able to see efficient state-of-the-art label production as well as the latest Labelexpo highlights such as the Labelfire with Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU) and Digital Metallic Doming; and, the Labelmaster with the new Digital Printbar and new Rotary Die-Cut Unit Quick.

Gallus Labelfire

Cost-efficient label production with the Gallus Labelfire was shown at speeds up to 70 meters a minute (230 ft/min). The hybrid press has a digital heart consisting of a 7-color inkjet print unit. The Labelfire was demonstrated together with the optionally integrated Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU) module in order to show the production of highly embellished products. Digital foiling effects, as well as relief and haptic effects, were also shown and impressed the customers at the event.

Low migration and digital modules

The Gallus Labelmaster with the new digital printbar was explained in detail during the workshop about digital modules. Printing digital white with inkjet can now be included on each Gallus machine system by adding the Digital Printbar. Premiered at Labelexpo Europe 2019, the sales release is planned for the third quarter of 2020.

In the Print Media Center visitors could further see how efficient label production is possible on a Gallus Labelmaster Advanced with a production speed of up to 200 meters a minute. A further part of the open day event for invited guests were expert talks on low migration requirements, one of the most relevant topics within the label printing market, especially for consumer products in the food and beverage segments. Heidelberg-Gallus also has a new online portal for label converters www.label-experts.com.

Gallus Open House February 2020
Thomas Schweizer, Head of Product Management at Gallus, talked about the digital future of label production. Source: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG

The next event for customers and interested printers and converters will be in June 2020 during Heidelberg’s ‘drupa at Wiesloch’ at the headquarters of Heidelberg Druckmaschinen taking place from June 18-20 and 22-23, 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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