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Labelexpo Day One – Hardware and software both on show at label industry’s biggest event

Wednesday, 27 September 2017
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The Atomium in Heysel, Belgium. Photo by Mike Cattell.

Labelexpo Europe 2017 is underway in Brussels, and Print21 has wrapped all the hot news from the show floor on Day One. Read all about just some of the latest and greatest innovations direct from Belgium right here.

Gallus unveils Labelmaster Advanced

Heidelberg subsidiary Gallus launched the Advanced configuration of its Labelmaster conventional press at stands 5B28 and 5C31. The modular machine boasts a short 1.4m web path and a maximum speed of 200 metres per minute, making it the fastest Gallus label press ever. “By offering this modular system, Gallus is ensuring that label printers can satisfy prevailing market requirements and always remain fit for the future – all for a level of investment that would previously have been inconceivable for premium products,” said Matthias Marx, head of corporate communications at Gallus.

The Gallus Labelmaster Advanced conventional press.

Mouvent makes its trade show debut

Mouvent, the new joint venture between Bobst and Radex, is showing off its digital label presses on stand 3A60 alongside Bobst. The LB series includes the LB-701UV mini label press, the larger LB-702UV press, and the LB-702WB press, which uses water-based inks for food and beverage labels. The machines are all built around the ‘Mouvent Cluster’, which uses modular, scalable technology to avoid the need for different print bars for different widths and applications. “The Mouvent Cluster is the key technology behind the Mouvent machines, resulting in high optical resolution for a crisp, colorful, very high printing quality, as well as a never-seen-before flexibility and possibilities in terms of machine development. Simplicity is our engineering philosophy,” said Piero Pierantozzi, co-founder of Mouvent.

The Mouvent LB702-WB water-based label press.

Global Graphics teams up with HP for Indigo labels and packaging RIP

Global Graphics and HP announced that Global’s Harlequin software has been chosen as the RIP engine for HP Indigo label and packaging presses. Harlequin is already used for Indigo’s commercial print range, and will now be used inside HP’s Production Pro digital front end for presses including the WS6800, 8000, 20000 and 30000. “We enjoy a longstanding relationship with HP Indigo. We are delighted that the Harlequin RIP, as well as our partnership approach to engineering and support, has so impressed HP Indigo in the commercial print space that they are now expanding its use into their labels and packaging presses,” said Gary Fry, CEO of Global Graphics. HP is exhibiting its Indigo presses on the patio leading into Hall 5.


Bobst launches new flexo plate mounter

Bobst announced the next version of its Smart DigiMount flexo plate mounting system on stands 3A58 and 3A59. The new DigiMount features advanced electronics for improved speed and accuracy of plate mounting. It handles sleeve repeats of 254 – 812.8 mm and optionally 1066.8 mm. “Every concept within the Bobst Digital Automation programme is continuously upgraded or extended so as to keep pace with the equipment evolution and to always ensure new improved levels of integrated automation,” said Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of Bobst Firenze. “This has led to the development of the Smart DigiMount version of the plate mounter in order to provide a solution for Bobst narrow- and mid-web production lines dedicated to the production of labels, flexible packaging or carton packaging that use sleeve technology.”

The new Bobst Smart DigiMount flexo plate mounter.

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