Gallus Launches Digital Label Press


ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND | Gallus recently unveiled the DCS 340, a digital printing press developed in collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and Fujifilm, its partner for inkjet technology. 

The prototype was unveiled at Gallus Days in September 2014, but with the digital printing system now approaching the series production stage, more than 50 label printers from all around the world recently were offered an exclusive opportunity to experience it in its development environment at the R&D center of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen at an event designated the “Gallus Digital Label Forum.”

Christof Naier, VP of sales and marketing at Gallus, and Hans Butterfass, head of digital printing development at Heidelberg, welcomed the guests to Heidelberg. The Gallus customers watched a live demonstration of the Gallus DCS 340 and were given a unique tour of the research and development center, the hub of all Heidelberg innovations. During their visit, they enjoyed an exclusive insight into the development labs for digital inkjet printing, which are normally off-limits to visitors. The tour focused on printhead technology and the associated behavior of ink droplets during spraying and on the substrate. Company says the DCS 340 offers native resolution of 1,200 dpi, print speeds of 50 mpm, and maximum register accuracy, reportedly providing high quality, productivity, and flexibility.

Visitors also saw the Wiesloch-Walldorf production site of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, where the inkjet printing module of the Gallus DCS 340 is manufactured. Jason Oliver, senior VP of Digital Print at Heidelberg, explained how the purchasing patterns of consumers are already changing as a result of global digital networking. He also addressed the new challenges that these changes will bring about for the packaging industry and the associated opportunities for label and packaging printing—as long as companies are able to create new markets.

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