At the end of June, Heidelberg USA – Gallus opened a new demonstration facility at its Ivyland, Pennsylvania office dedicated exclusively to its line of Gallus Screeny products. The first of its kind in North America, the Screeny Demo Room will enable customers to see the new Gallus Screeny 600 automated wash-out unit and the Phoenix UV LED direct imaging unit without needing to travel to the Screeny headquarters in Switzerland. Additionally, this facility has the capability to produce finished screens for narrow web customers who do not wish to invest in their own screen making equipment.
High Quality Materials, State of the Art Machines
For label manufacturers seeking to add embellishment details inline on their narrow web presses, Gallus has a full line of Screeny materials for both rotary and flat screen-printing processes. Gallus Screeny solutions ensure maximum print quality and consistency for extremely fine lines, solids, relief printing, glitter applications as well as metallic doming. While Screeny products are designed to be used inline on Gallus’s various narrow web presses, the company has designed new screen rings that also allow for the screens to be used on non-Gallus screen units.
In addition to high-quality Screeny materials, Gallus has machines that automate the screen making process. The Phoenix direct imaging unit, which was introduced in 2017, images high-quality screens without the need for a film positive.
Most recently, Gallus launched the Screeny 600, an automatic washing and drying unit for screen making. Previously a very manual process, the wash-out and drying stage is very important for high image quality, consistency, and repeatable results.
By automating the process, the Screeny 600 cuts the total time for screen making from forty-five minutes down to thirty. For current Screeny 600 users, this has resulted in considerable savings and a quick ROI on labor costs. Because the machine replaces the need for human wash-out, prepress operators can focus on other tasks while the machine washes and dries the screen. In addition to less labor, there is also less screen handling – removing the potential for human error, which leads to material waste and additional time spent remaking screens.
“For label manufacturers who do a lot of screen printing, I encourage them to take a look at these two machines,” said Tony Wojciechowski, Product Specialist for Screeny products. “They’ve really revolutionized the screen making process – saving you and your prepress operators a lot of time.”
Both the Screeny 600 and Phoenix direct imaging unit are available now for demonstration at the Heidelberg facility in Ivyland. Customers who are interested in seeing the machines can send in their own files for imaging. Additionally, customers not looking to invest in their own screen making equipment can purchase pre-imaged screens directly from Heidelberg USA-Gallus products. In the future, Heidelberg anticipates training opportunities for customers on both machines