Heidelberg and Gallus organized a two-day event, called Labels & More, on 18 and 19 December at the Avery Dennison Innovation and Knowledge Centre near Pune to inaugurate and display the Gallus Labelmaster 400 press. Other partners for the event were Dupont, Flint, Esko, ITC, Max Films, Jani Sales, Numex Blocks, Pradeep Polyflex, Rotometrics, Univacco and Zecher. The Labelmaster 440 press replaces the Gallus ECS 340 at the Avery Dennison Innovation and Knowledge Centre. The event was attended by more than 80 packaging printers from the flexo and offset segments.
Ferdinand Rüesch, senior vice president for global key accounts at Gallus addressed the gathering and said that the Indian label industry has benefitted from the knowledge centre and the partnership. “Sharing the knowhow, getting the ideas for innovation and having a place where solutions are found, all the partners have made the Avery Dennison Innovation and Knowledge Centre as big success,” he said.
Samir Patkar president, Heidelberg India, also thanked all the partners for making the Avery Dennison Innovation and Knowledge Centre as big success. “The label industry in India has seen tremendous transformation in last decade or so and the knowledge centre has played a major role in that. Every partner has played a role; it has been a collaborative effort,” Patkar said.
The Labelmaster 440 that is now placed at the Avery Dennison Innovation and Knowledge Centre is a gearless and shaftless press with eight flexo printing units. It also has a cold foil and die cut unit. The press can handle roll to roil and roll to sheet printing. It has a printing width of 440 mm.
The Labelmaster 440 press was added to the Labelmaster family about two years ago and now boasts of numerous installations across the global including India. The Labelmaster series overall now has 100 installations globally.
During the two-day event, the press handled multiple jobs. On the first day, the press printed a self-adhesive coffee label with matt/gloss value additions. In this job the substrate was from Avery Dennison, UV flexo ink from Flint, UV flexo varnish from Flint and Saphira, doctor blade was from Gallus, anilox from Zecher-SteppedHex and die cutting tools from Rotometrics. The Labelmaster 440 printed a 50 micron mono shrink film as well on the first day.
On the second day, the press performed the job of printing a multicolour carton on a 220 gsm board with printing, foiling and special varnish effect at the end converting into individual blanks – all in one pass. The substrate was from ITC, the UV flexo ink from Flint, UV flexo varnish also from Flint and Saphira, doctor blade was from Gallus, anilox from Zecher-SteppedHex, die cutting tools from Rotometrics and the printing cylinder was from Gallus.