Label printing customers Hub Labels, USA


Hub Labels Inc. of Hagerstown, Maryland is leading the way in the label market with their Labelfire 340digital/flexo hybrid press from Heidelberg–Gallus —providing shorter runs and lead times while also maintaining their customers’ expectations for high quality.

Hub Labels’ solution

After 10 years of using a competitive digital press, Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels, was ready to find a digital press that would meet his company’s standards. According to Dahbura, “I wanted a digital press that would integrate everything from the roll to finished labels — including flexo, screen, digital and die-cutting — without secondary options. I told myself I wasn’t going to buy another digital press until I could find one that did exactly what I needed. When I saw the Gallus Labelfire 340 at Labelexpo Europe, I knew this was what I’ve been looking for.”

Combining the latest digital printing technology with the benefits of conventional printing and further processing technology, the Gallus Labelfire 340 is raising the bar in the label market. The Labelfire is a complete in-line solution handling digital, flexo, cold foil, rotary screen, and die-cutting from start to finish — all from a single machine. Running at 50m/min, the Labelfire enables Hub Labels to exceed customers’ demands of shorter runs and lead times.

“While the Labelfire gives us tremendous productivity, I happily found that the press also matches our customers’ demand for quality and color,” said Dahbura. “I’ve seen excellent resolution of 600×600 dpi on other machines, but the 1200×1200 dpi resolution on the Labelfire is just incredible.”

On the digital side, the Labelfire features the latest inkjet technology with 7 colors plus white and three flexo conventional print units. Depending on customers’ label design needs, the press is able to print flexo white or digital white without slowing down the press speeds. “It can be extremely expensive to throw down a heavy coat of white digitally. This analog digital hybrid model allows us to use a less

expensive UV flexo white and then hit it with digital to change the embellishment — giving the customer a great finished product,” said Dahbura.

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