Seven years after the market launch of the Gallus ECS 340 label press, Gallus showcased a pre-series model of its latest generation of machines at the Gallus Innovation Days held from 20 to 22 September at the company headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland which was attended by around 850 visitors from all over the world. The Gallus Labelmaster is a label printing press platform designed for the label and packaging market. It features a special platform design and can be configured by customers to meet their own specific requirements. With its open interfaces and Heidelberg platform development know-how for offset presses of Heidelberg, this press series builds on the successful, triedand-tested design principle of Speedmaster offset printing presses from Heidelberg.
“Gallus and Heidelberg have harnessed a great many synergies in developing the new platform technology for the label market. A modular design and a reduction in complexity benefit both sets of customers—sheetfed and label market— and make them more competitive,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Equipment.
The Gallus Labelmaster augments the existing digital label printing portfolio— also developed in collaboration with Heidelberg and based on the Gallus Labelfire 340—with a solution for high-quality packaging and label applications. Gallus is set to launch the first series machines with a web width of 440 mm. Other, wider web widths will follow as development of the machine system continues. A Gallus customer is currently putting the first machine through its paces in an intensive fi eld test programme and the first series deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of next year.