Gallus expands Labelfire range

Gallus has rethought its approach to digital printing and is now offering four variants of its Labelfire hybrid inkjet label press, under the new brand Labelfire Diamond Core.

Gallus has created four variants of its Labelfire narrow web inkjet press

The Diamond Core name refers to the inkjet printing unit, which appears to be the same as the existing Labelfire, based on Dimatix Samba printheads. The Samba head offers 1200 dpi and the print unit is capable of up to 70mpm depending on substrate for the colours though this speed drops to 47mpm for white. The print width remains the same at 340mm.

The main difference is that there is now an option to use the inkjet printing unit with just the winders and without the flexo finishing units. There are two variants: D1 is for CMYK; while D2 is the original seven-colour unit complete with orange, green and violet. Both can be ordered with or without white.

Then there are two further options – a four-colour D3 and seven-colour D4 – which are hybrid configurations complete with finishing units, and which can also be ordered with or without white. At first glance these appear to be the existing presses with a new name but Gallus’ press office subsequently told me that the new D3 and D4 configurations “now offer clearly defined machines with limited finishing units” which suggests that customers have less choice than before. This in turn should cut Gallus’ manufacturing costs though the press office was less helpful over the pricing for these machines. 

It’s also worth noting that Gallus appears to have now dropped the Smartfire, an entry level label press that was rebadged from Mtex NS. The thinking appears to be the simpler D1 and D2 options can now be classed as entry level options.

You can find further details on the new D1-4 options from though strangely enough not from Gallus’s parent company, Heidelberg, which at time of writing still lists the old Labelfire.

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