Posts Tagged ‘Dragon’

  • Dragon Printing ignites 2nd Labelfire

    Paul McCullum, (centre) pictured with Chiara Prati and James Rodden earlier this year at the Dragon Printing factory.

    A massive remake of the Mascot-based company’s printing hall is transforming the well-known trade label converter ahead of the installation of its new Gallus Labelfire 340 hybrid digital press.

    One of the best kept secrets in the closely-knit label converting industry is out in the open with Dragon Printing owners Paul McCullum and Fareydun Pourshasb revealing they are the buyers of the 2nd Gallus Labelfire 340 press in Australia and the 1st in Sydney. (The initial press went into Rapid Labels in Victoria last year.) Putting an end to months of speculation as to their identity, McCullum laughs about the level of interest and questions he’s fielded in recent times.

    “People were calling me up all the time. I told them it had nothing to do with me. But now that the engineers are actually here installing the press, it’s time to come clean,” he said.

    The installation is the final stage of a major revamp of the company’s production facility, with the entire press hall remade. New water, air and power supplies are now in place in the climate-controlled factory as the Gallus-Heidelberg installation personnel get to it. McCullum expects the new press to be in production by the end of the month.

    “We’ve been looking at digital for a long long time, but I’ve never been happy before about the quality or the speed. We knew we had to move, to make the change to digital sometime,’ said McCullum.

    “There’s always been work we’ve avoided. Short runs and other jobs we’ll be able to do now. Some job preparations are complex and can run into the thousand of dollars. The Labelfire will extend our offering to customers.”

    McCullum is convinced he’s made the right choice with the inkjet hybrid press after travelling extensively to Europe and beyond to observe different digital presses in operation. Quality and speed were main factors in his decision.

    “The output from the LabelFire is just astronomical. I first saw it three or so years ago and I’ve been keeping a close watch on it ever since. I’ve seen it in action at numerous sites in Europe, especially in Strasburg. We’ve waited ‘til they ironed out the bugs. I didn’t want to be the first.”

    The Gallus Labelfire 340 is the digital flagship of Heidelberg in the label sector and is the latest in a long line of Gallus presses for Dragon Printing. Its arrival makes sense of some aspects of the earlier ECS press already in production here.

    “We had the ECS 340 here and there were certain parts of that that didn’t make sense to me. I asked myself, ‘why the hell have they done that?’ Now I know. They’ve been working towards this for a long time.

    “Look, it just fits in with what we do. It’s a hybrid machine and there are finished products coming off the end. I always said we’d never consider digital unless it had inline converting.

    “I believe it’s got higher quality than any other technology on the market. The output is not too bad at 50 metres per minute no matter how many colours you’re running.”

    Once the press is in place, there’ll be some weeks of training from the Swiss instructors to bring Dragon Printing people up to speed. After that, there’s likely to be an Open House for customers.

    McCullum is looking forward to powering up the new press and getting back to business. “It’s a lot of work but we know it’s going to be worth it,” he said.

     

     

     

     

  • Jet Technologies makes its first PacPrint13 sale

    Dragon Printing in Sydney is taking on a SCREEN PlateRite FX870II Flexo CtP system, with the new plate making system set to be installed immediately following the PacPrint13 trade show in Melbourne, where the machine will be on display at supplier Jet Technologies’ stand.

    The Mascot-based label and narrow web printer settled on the new PlateRite machine from local supplier, Jet Technologies, as part of its aim to bring its photopolymer plate-making duties in-house. The sale represents Jet Technologies’ first PacPrint13-related sale this year.

    Although the purchase of the machine has been completed, Dragon Printing will have to wait until after PacPrint13 is over to install the PlateRite unit, as Jet technologies will be featuring the machine at its PacPrint stand.

    While it waits for the machine to be installed, Dragon Print is getting its plates made on the device at Jet Technologies’ nearby technical centre.

    The PlateRite joins Dragon Printing’s Gallus ECS 340 label press, which was installed last year at the Sydney site. Paul McCullum (pictured), Dragon Printing director and co-owner, says the new installations are part of a move to improve the business’s quality and productivity.

    “We are moving up-market in both quality and productivity,” says McCullum, “the addition of the ECS 340 – our fifth Gallus – has increased both aspects but we needed to be in control of our platemaking. Jet Technologies’ sales director, David Reece, introduced us to the SCREEN FX870II; we ran tests with their photopolymer plates and could see that this was the way forward for us.

    “It is critical to get the photopolymer plates just right,” he says; “and with today’s shorter runs and more frequent plate changes, making them in-house considerably improves our service to customers.”

    Peter Scott, SCREEN managing director, says the PlateRite sale to Dragon Printing is reflective of a larger trend in CtP uptake from the offset market.

    “We are experiencing a surge in CtP sales for the offset market at the moment, so adding this Flexo installation through our channel partner Jet Technologies, is the icing on the cake,” says Scott. “SCREEN will provide local technical support and work with Jet Technologies to ensure maximum uptime.”

    For Jack Malki, Jet Technologies’ managing director, the sale of the PlateRite system to Dragon Printing can be considered as the company’s first official PacPrint13 sale, even though the trade show is still weeks away.

    “You could say this is PacPrint’s first exhibition sale – four weeks before opening, he says. “Dragon Printing has kindly agreed to our exhibiting their SCREEN FX870II at the show and we expect to gain more orders on this basis.”