GSE Dispensing
Introduction of modular dispensing system for changing ink requirements

25.02.2022 At Labelexpo Europe 2022, GSE (Stand 7D59) introduces new flexibility to its range of Colorsat ink dispensing systems that achieve brand spot colours accurately and fast, for labels and packaging. The company also extends its GSE Ink manager software package, with new functionality for managing colour and optimizing ink logistics.

GSE's Colorsat ink dispensing system features redesigned backbone with space for more base ingredients and a variety of conditioning equipment.
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GSE's Colorsat ink dispensing system features redesigned backbone with space for more base ingredients and a variety of conditioning equipment.

The company’s Colorsat ink dispensing systems feature a redesigned, lightweight slim frame for base components. This provides more space for pumps, agitators and heaters, in order to optimally maintain sensitive inks that are connected to the dispenser.

Improved modular design

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “The improved modular design of the Colorsat dispenser backbone enables printers to adapt the ink kitchen to meet changing requirements, such as reformulations or a transition to a new ink set, with minimal disruption.”

Additionally, ink pumps are located separately from the base ink containers. This enables easier container exchange, ideal for traceability purposes. It also allows the choice of larger ½”  or ¾” pumps for pumping and circulating high-viscosity inks or larger volumes. Complementing the enhancement to the dispensing programme are new optional wireless and QR code scanners, for conveniently booking in base inks from the ink manufacturer as well as inks returning from the press.

GSE’s programme of automated Colorsat ink dispensers cut out waste, errors and delay in colour preparation – potentially cutting ink consumption by up to 30%. They are tailored to volume and application needs, and are available for UV, LED-UV, low-migration, water-based and solvent ink sets, and flexo, gravure and screen processes. On display at the stand is the table-top Colorsat FCS manual dispenser, suited for small-scale dispensing.

New GSE Ink manager software programmes for streamlined processes

GSE also introduces extensions to GSE Ink manager, a software package with multiple programmes that streamline ink-related processes in the workflow – saving costs, improving responsiveness and enabling compliance in safety-sensitive markets. A modular software package, GSE Ink manager includes optional programmes for efficiently reusing press return inks, making colour corrections and adjustments, purchasing, and tracing ink batches through the supply chain. Additionally, reporting programmes allow real-time stock control and job costings.

At the show, GSE will highlight GSE Ink manager’s ability to integrate with other software packages used for managing the printer’s workflow, saving time and eliminating double-entry. There will be demonstrations of a new interface with CERM’s ERP platform using the GSE MIS connect package, and an interface with colour formulation software using GSE Color connect, together with an X-Rite spectrophotometer.

GSE is also introducing a new software feature for independently programming the agitation and circulation of inks, new web-based management reports and enhancements to the return ink management module.

More efficient internal processes

Maarten Hummelen says: “In the face of rising raw material prices, political instability and disrupted supply chains, it is paramount that label and packaging converters make internal processes as efficient and flexible as possible. GSE’s modular ink dispensing and software solutions address these challenges, stamping out waste and delay through automating processes – leading to reduced ink consumption and more production time.

“Visitors are advised to book a consultation at the stand to discover how ink logistics can contribute to protecting profit margins and maintaining competitive edge in uncertain times,” he adds.

Labelexpo Europe 2022 takes place at Brussels Expo, Brussels, 26-29 April 2022.