Gallus and Schmid Rhyner collaborate for digital coating

Enhancement in digital print products

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Gallus Labelfire
Gallus Labelfire

Gallus and Schmid Rhyner have collaborated for the further development of digital refinement. With the company Steinemann, they have raised digital refinement to industrial level.

The three companies Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG, Steinemann Technologie AG and Schmid Rhyner AG have already been working together closely for several years. Gallus, known for its label printing machinery, integrates the Steinemann DEU (Digital Embellishment Unit) into its Labelfire 340 (width 340 mm). This enables top level refinement of digital print products. Here, the core is the module from Steinemann, the tradition-steeped manufacturer of inline and offline varnishing units for the graphics industry. The decisive varnishes for digital refinement, aligned for use on the machine, are manufactured by Schmid Rhyner, the Swiss manufacturer and developer of the patented diVar technology. The partnership between the three companies has brought digital varnishing a whole new dimension using inkjet technology.

Gallus DEU - Digital Embellishment Unit
Gallus DEU – Digital Embellishment Unit

Schmid Rhyner already had its diVar technology for digital refinement patented in 2002. In 2011, Steinemann integrated this technology in its offline machine dmax, which was introduced to the market in 2014. This optimally matched system (coating/machine) was supplemented with digital foil embossing (dfoil) in 2017, further increasing market acceptance.

Gallus recognized the advantages of this system and integrated the unit in its digital label printing flagship as a DEU (Digital Embellishment Unit), the Gallus Labelfire. During the ‘Innovation Days’ in 2018, Gallus presented this machine for the first time with an integrated DEU. Following successful field tests, the module is applied for industrial applications in the meantime.

As the first user, the Viennese company INISGNIS-Etiketten already works with the Gallus Labelfire including an integrated DEU. The advantages of digital technology are primarily time-to-market and the reduction of production materials. This makes expensive and time-consuming printing plates superfluous. Anything from minor corrections up to completely new solutions can be developed on the machine and produced immediately. Moreover, inkjet is the only technology within the field of application which is able to realize the entire range from a single drop to relief application. Inline and in a single pass, this enables the generation of glossy, matte and haptic relief effects with various heights. A metallic doming effect can be generated with the foil embossing, which can otherwise only be implemented in screen printing. With the framework agreement between Schmid Rhyner and Gallus signed at the beginning of May, the further development for future-oriented digital solutions has now also been officially underlined.