Arvanitis, a label printer based in Greece, has installed an entry-level Gallus ECS 340 narrow web flexo press, which it is using with UV-curable inks.
The press, which was installed in November 2018, has been configured with eight flexo and two screen printing units. It also has a cold foil station, two die cutting units and an option for backside printing. It’s also been set up with a Tubescan 100% inspection system from BST Eltromat.
The ECS340 is a servo-driven press that can handle a wide range of substates with relatively quick set up times. It can print at up to 165mpm. It has a very short web path and printing width of 340mm. Gallus has some 500 of these presses running worldwide.
Panos Arvanitis, production manager for Arvanitis “With the new Gallus ECS 340 we achieve excellent print results consistently, equivalent to offset printing, and we can rely on this.”
Arvanitis SA, which is headquartered in a suburb of Athens, was set up in 1971. The factory itself is inTanagra Voiotias, to the north of Athens. It prints self-adhesive labels, mainly for the food, wine and spirits markets, as well as for home and personal care products, both locally and internationally. The company has 48 staff.
Arvanitis already has five label presses, including a Gallus EMS 410 label press. Arvanitis says: “We have always been more than happy with our first line as well as with the service of Gallus. This also encouraged us to invest in a further Gallus label printing line,” adding “Also the short time required to fully adapt the new machine was incredible.”
Arvanitis clearly considered investing in a digital press, stating: “For sure, these days the interest in digital printing is increasing, but we feel, that we know our needs better! The long experience and persistence has qualified our company with expertise in a range of pressure-sensitive applications.” He added: “We have been investing in UV flexo technology for more than twenty years now. Having to choose between UV flexo and digital printing, we trusted in UV flexo once again.”