Heidelberg offers innovative solutions for the growing label market with its Gallus brand.
Heidelberg is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial, digital and offset printing solutions for commercial, packaging and label printing companies. Heidelberg has expanded its range of label printing solutions with its Gallus brand, an acknowledged manufacturer of label printing equipment based in Switzerland. Heidelberg now offers a comprehensive product portfolio that supports label printers with digital and conventional equipment for success in the growing label market.
Rotary screen printing offers various interesting possibilities including:
Metallic doming describes a new and unique effect in narrow-web label printing, where a reflective, metallic raised structure is produced by rotary screen printing a relief. What makes metallic doming unique? Quite simply, the lasting metal relief effect achieved on paper or plastic film, such as tube laminates or transparent self-adhesive material.
The metallic doming method uses rotary screen printing to apply the printed image. A metallic foil is then laminated over the relief. What makes this process special is that it allows printed images with lasting metallic reliefs to be produced on plastic. So far, it is the only process on the label market that makes it possible to create embossing effects on plastic. With the exception of hot foil embossing without lasting relief effects, plastic cannot be embossed as other materials can. Metallic doming fills this technological gap in the field of applications.
During metallic doming, a thermoreactive glue is applied using screen printing with Gallus Screeny DY, for example, and then dried with UV light. The applied print image is then laminated using a thermoactive, metallic foil. A soft, heated laminating cylinder presses the foil onto the glue. The foil wraps around the glue and, together with the glue, is heated by the laminating cylinder. This laminating process reactivates the glue and activates the foil.
This thermal activation means the foil sticks to the glue. After this, the printed image cools to reveal a metallic relief effect – this is the metallic doming effect.
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