2015 in Brussels, and after running subsequent trials at the Gallus demo center in St. Gallen, they decided to commit to a purchase. The press was delivered in February 2017 and became operational in March. It combines the latest in digital printing technology with the additional benefits of conventional printing.
On the digital side, it features the latest inkjet technology with 7+ colors and 1200 dpi resolution (best available in the industry), plus three flexo conventional print units. The new digital press is geared towards shorter runs and is also capable of handling variable text and image personalization. The Gallus Labelfire complements Hub Labels’ full service, one-stop solution to their existing customers as well as enticing new customers, especially in the craft beer/spirits and food markets, where private branding and specialization are critical.
Said Hub president Thomas Dahbura, “This is the first digital press I’ve seen that does what I want. It integrates everything from the roll to finished labels – including flexo, screen, digital and die-cutting -- without secondary operations.” Continued Dahbura, “I was impressed by how much energy and capital has been invested in this system from all three partners, Gallus, Heidelberg and Fuji. While we’ve seen others with excellent resolution of 600x600 dpi, this machine, at 1200x1200 dpi, is just amazing.”
As for the most important benefit provided by the Gallus Labelfire 340?
Label Guru Dahbura states, “The most incredible thing that we’re experiencing is the increase in quality. This machine – it’s a game changer from a quality standpoint.”
When another printing company tapped Hub Labels as a potential back-up vendor for some of their high-end work, they were so impressed with the color and detail in the samples from the Labelfire 340 that Hub was awarded the project.
Dahbura explains, “We did a trial for them and we qualified. I printed an image of a woman and the detail, going from 600dpi to 1200dpi, was unbelievable. In the flexo version, her hand had a visible rosette pattern, but on the digital version the skin was a lot smoother. This machine is in a class by itself.”