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Helios helps productivity and profitability at Purgina

Slovakian label converter Purgina is benefiting from the installation of AVT web inspection systems on its two Gallus presses. “Our latest investment has raised the profile of the company, improved the quality of labels we produce, and helped us to win new business,” claims Stefan Kilarsky, general manager. “I believe there is no better solution for quality control, better production efficiency, and increased profitability.”

Bratislava-based Purgina is one of the leading suppliers of self-adhesive labels in Slovakia. With a staff of 80 and turnover of €9 million, the company focuses on high-end work and exports to Hungary, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

The company’s Gallus presses are a TCS 250 fitted with a screen printing unit, embossing, hotfoil stamping and flexo varnish capabilities, and an RCS 330 offset/flexo combination machine, which also has rotary screen and coldfoiling capacity.

To ensure the consistent print quality necessary to be profitable, Purgina opted for AVT’s Helios II system. “It has the best interface, is easy to learn and operate, and in the trials we conducted, it produced the best results,” Kilarsky confirms. The company also invested in AVT WorkFlow for the press rewinds.

The Helios system ‘marks’ print errors within the roll and presents this information to the splicing table at the rewind. This is achieved via AVT’s WorkFlow link, which uses a printed barcode to synchronise the web, and allows bad material to be stripped out and a perfect roll to be delivered to the customer.

As it is fitted to the press, rather than the rewinder, the AVT technology is said to have “added an extra dimension to consistent high quality”, and made significant improvements to Purgina’s productivity and profitability. By assuring quality upstream, and reducing printed waste, the rolls delivered to the rewinders are quick to process and guarantee 100% accuracy to the customer.

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