Rako Group, one of the largest label manufacturers in Europe, has a workforce of 1,000 and operates 90 printing presses at several plants. In recent years the company has been using the Gallus RCS for flexographic printing. Now, the group’s Ellerau, Germany, site has installed the first Gallus RCS 430 with eight offset printing units.
“The trend and technology cycles in the adhesive label sector are getting ever shorter. Change is now part of our daily routine, and only those who can keep pace will be able to secure a successful market position,” says Rainer Bufe, Rako’s technical director. “That’s why we make sure our production systems and methods are always state of the art.”
“Reliability and availability are absolutely imperative for a printing press,” says Frank Fischer, head of operations at the Ellerau site. “At the same time, a press has to be flexible enough so that it can be easily adjusted to cope with new production tasks as and when necessary.”
The RCS is fully servo driven, and the offset print units on the Rako press were developed in cooperation with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. With a new type of control software, the Gallus RCS 430 can achieve above-average production speeds, according to Gallus.
“We are particularly pleased that the Gallus RCS 430 allows us to change offset printing plates in the press. This saves us a great deal of time,” notes Oliver Trapp, head of production at Ellerau. “Similarly, the high running speed is remarkable. It saves us a large amount of time on longer runs and means we can handle far more jobs on this press compared to others,” he adds.