In the Reinach plant near Basel, the company has been able to print a variety of labels and flexible packaging in accordance with low migration requirements since July 2020. The native print resolution of 1200 dpi and the flexibility of the hybrid label printing press are outstanding. It is the second Gallus Labelfire for Birkhäuser.
“The new Gallus Labelfire 340 with low migration equipment is the perfect machine for us,” said Marcel Häsler, COO at Birkhäuser. “This digital printing press is the ideal addition not only to the flexo printing presses in this segment but also to our first Labelfire. Now we can offer the whole range of applications for the food sector, which meet all relevant low migration requirements – from flexible packaging and labels, paper bags and folding cartons to self-adhesive labels with cold foil finishing or lacquer effects.”
The second hybrid press from Gallus is an important addition to the machinery in the area of labels and flexible packaging. The heart of the Gallus Labelfire is the Digital Print Unit (DPU) with seven colors.
Before and after the inkjet printing unit, flexo printing units provide more flexibility and cost efficiency in label and packaging printing. This is achieved through the implementation of inline production. For example, cost-effective varnish application, high-quality cold foil embossing or customer-specific printing of spot colors or white can be integrated.
“The system is just great and runs extremely stable," added Häsler. "It is still the only digital printing press that can reproduce 1-point fonts, thus, is able to print such small font sizes." According to SCHELLING AG, fonts in this size are common standard requirements for pharmaceutical customers and are needed for product traceability.”
The Gallus Labelfire includes a pinning after each print head row. This first drying step ensures that the inks do not run into each other, the foundation for very small fonts or fine lines. The Digital Print Unit (DPU) is followed by UV boosters from GEW to produce applications with low migration compliance even at high speeds.