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Label Art Installs Gallus Hybrid Flexo Line

June 14, 2013
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TALLAGHT, IRELAND—June 6, 2013—As part of a €1.5 million investment program, Label Art has installed one of the new Gallus EM 430 S hybrid flexo lines at its plant in Tallaght on the outskirts of Dublin.

It weighs 15.5 tons and is 20 meters long. It has the new wider web width of 430mm (previously 410mm), comes with a shorter web path of 2.2 meters, and is highly specified. No one could possibly say that Label Art is a converter that does things by half! Aside from its vital statistics, one of the major benefits of the Gallus EM S series of presses is their open-module platform design, which allows maximum production flexibility, with simple slide-out-slide-in interchangeable print and converting units.

The new Gallus at Label Art is a UV-flexo, rotary screen, hot and cold foil and embossing combination line, fitted with two die stations. To maximize flexibility, the company has specified 10 flexo heads and four screen heads, even though the line cannot accommodate all of them at one time. Delivered after Christmas, and installed in the early weeks of January 2013, the servo-driven press had been in commercial production for 10 weeks when the author visited end of March, and was already making a significant contribution to Label Art’s business.

According to Sales Director Gerard Molloy, who joined the company in 2006 to head the drive for new business, “We print tested the Gallus EM 430 S against a number of other presses. We liked the speed and comfort with which we can change from a flexo print head to a screen head, and back again without disturbing the web. The hybrid print head is in a class of its own, and since that facility is key to our type of work, the purchase decision was made easy,” he said, adding that the Gallus’ build quality was seen as significant too.

The Gallus EM 430 S replaced two older letterpress machines from the Swiss manufacturer, a Gallus R160B, which was scrapped, and a Gallus R200B, which was cannibalized for parts to keep two other eight-color Gallus R200B presses running. Molloy said the two Gallus R200B presses still produce top quality work with their screen and hot foil capabilities. Elsewhere, two older 16-inch Comco Commanders complete the machine park at Tallaght on the site where it all began in 1981 under Billy Browne of Avery Label. Today, the company is run by four directors, the owners John Browne and Donal Healy, along with Pat Tully and Gerard Molloy.

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