Product of the Month

Gallus Smartfire

This all in one entry-level digital production line is Gallus’ offering for anyone entering the short run labels market, Words by Barney Cox

What does it do?
The Smartfire is a narrow-web digital label line that combines aqueous inkjet printing with inline laminating and semi-rotary die cutting and includes an easy to use Human Machine Interface (HMI) to handle costing, pre-press and production in one.

Max resolution: 1,600x1,600 or 1,600x800dpi
Max speed: 9m/min or 18m/min depending on resolution
Max print width: 220mm
Colours: CMYK
Printing technology: Memjet water-based thermal inkjet
Configuration: Printer plus inline lamination and semi-rotary die cutting

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?
It was launched in the

Morgana RDC

Morgana hopes to build on its stealthy early entry into the rotary die-cutter market by making more noise about its new machine, Words by Barney Cox

What does it do?
The RDC is a small-format rotary die-cutter that uses metal dies for cutting, kiss cutting, scoring and perforating. Like similar machines from Duplo and Horizon it is a reimagining of the ubiquitous converted Heidelberg Cylinder updated for the digital age. That is to say to handle today’s needs for ease-of-use, fast setup with

Roland VersaExpress RF-640 8 Colour

An extended inkset makes this eco-solvent stalwart stand out, Words by Barney Cox

What does it do?
Based on Roland DG’s established VersaExpress RF-640 1.6m/64in roll-fed eco-solvent printer, the new eight-colour incarnation adds orange, green, red and light black to the standard CMYK set and is the first eco-solvent machine to offer that configuration of colours.
“It reaches the colours that other eco-solvents can’t, enabling it to hit 99% of the Pantone+ solid coated colour range,” says Roland

IMP Software

A single software that handles estimation & layout planning for sheetfed & web offset, digital, large format, flexo and digital web presses.

What does the software do?
The software generates Cost Based Print Ready Layouts such as imposition for books, step & repeat and nesting for die cut jobs like folding cartons, blisters, labels and signage. Optimise hundreds of jobs of different sizes, shapes, varying quantities and colours employing a highly sophisticated ganging algorithm.
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