What the Gallus Smartfire definitely does is to show that getting started in professional digital label printing is possible with affordable investment amounts. The inkjet label printing machine, equipped with a 4c printing head (CMYK) makes printing of ultra-short runs starting from one single unit possible, whilst printing with water based inks and a native resolution of 1600 dpi. The integrated inline converting module includes lamination, a cutting plotter for individual die cutting contours and a semi rotary die cutter. With this equipment, the Gallus philosophy “from print file to finished die cut label in a single pass” also applies to the Gallus Smartfire.
After the world premiere of the first Gallus Smartfire at Gallus Innovation Days this year in June and the recent North American introduction at Labelexpo Americas, the worldwide rollout of this entry-level press continues. Because of the excellent resolution the Smartfire is positioned to compete against far more expensive presses that offer a similar print quality. “The Memjet technology allows us to offer an inkjet printing press that produces labels with a quality of 1600×1600 dpi while still keeping the investment costs at a low level,” explains Michael Ring, Head of Digital Solutions at Gallus. “With the Gallus Smartfire, we are also focussing on new target groups who are looking for a smart entry into digital label printing.”
The Gallus Smartfire is powered by Memjet, which is a well-proven print head that uses water-based inks, which means that these labels are eco-sensitive and leaves a minimal ecological footprint. The Smartfire uses an ordinary power outlet, needs no exhaust equipment, is extremely compact, and emits no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), thus making it the perfect press for any work environment.
“The name says it all, the Smartfire is absolutely easy to operate via a self-explanatory user interface panel,” says Michael Ring. With this digital press, only a few prepress skills are required to create professional CMYK 4-color inkjet labels. Just as easy are the replacements of the ink-containers and the exchange of the print head. Furthermore, this machine also delivers finished die cut labels, all produced in one pass and ready for shipping on the reel, just like Gallus customers know it from the other presses. For this purpose, a finishing unit is attached, on which the labels are laminated and cut. This can be either done individually by the integrated cutting plotter or by fast and cost-effective punching with the semi-rotary die cutter at the end of the inline finishing unit.
Italian customers now have the chance to watch this press live again at Heidelberg’s Digital Days which will take place Jan 31st and Feb 1st 2019 at Heidelberg subsidiary in Milan.