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The manufacturer of finishing machines is moving into his new building, which is bigger and better arranged. On the occasion of his Innovation Week in November, he unveiled a remarkable show-room for the number of machines presented.

Full of eyes, GIC and his principal, Cartes, presented more than a dozen lines of shaping and finishing… At one step from the historic site of GIC, the new building has large offices and a workshop (2000m² higher than the old one) part of which is devoted to a large showroom.

For Innovation Week, CARDS SRL has been working hard. The manufacturer sent a full team of technicians to GIC to present several demonstrations on four machines. The first, the GT line, presents itself as a high-end finishing line. Equipped with the new Jet D-Screen digital model. Two GEIMINI presses were also presented. One in laser-cut configuration with changing runs on the fly, the other in a more traditional version. Highlight of the show, the digital finishing line “GE362JJ” with the look of supercomputer IBM. Cards is Italian, it has the sense of design. But his aim is also to show that a digital finishing line can be extremely compact and computerized. This is a European first”, says Franck Vitali, GIC’s technical manager. “The machine has not yet been presented at a trade fair”. This one is equipped with two Jet D-Screen finishing modules that the manufacturer has designed from A to Z. The module has been designed for the laying of varnish or curved gilding. With its two online modules, this machine allows to multiply the possible combinations”, confides Franck Vitali.

For its part, GIC has highlighted a DYXEE CUT 350 finishing line. Combined with semi-rotary cutting and a flexo and gilding group. A DYXEE 440 In-Mould-Label (IML) line for cutting with an automatic stacker. And a TAGINNOV line for shaping. As a bonus, the guests were able to discover a TAGINNOV RFID line destined to be delivered to one of their customers. A pioneer of RFID twenty years ago, GIC has never stopped developing new machines. GIC has expertise in dry or wet applications, in encoding and reading chips. A new control machine was also in the assembly phase, which we will talk about shortly.

With this new, more spacious building, the French manufacturer is really changing gears. He has just recruited two new engineers in R&D and automation. Bruno Vitali has always maintained in parallel its two activities, manufacturing and distribution. This allows it to meet in a global way the needs of the market, while having its center of machining and assembly and Italy.

3 questions to: FRANCK VITALI, GIC Technical Director

Franck Vitali, GIC Technical Director

The decision to invest in a new headquarters was made before the COVID crisis. How do you judge this choice today?

Franck Vitali: It was a necessity if we wanted to be able to give ourselves the means to continue our development, besides our orientation on new products requires a lot of space that this soiy in office space and assembly workshop, we have built more than 2000m² with the possibility of extension if necessary.

How is your collaboration with CARTES going?

What we have in common is that we are two family businesses and we have had regular contacts for several years. Their dynamism, their spirit of innovation, have always captivated us. For our Innovation Week, they did not hesitate to mobilize a full team and four machines, including the GT, of which we have just sold a first copy in France.

Your own machines seem to sell better and better for export?

We have been selling for export for several years but we have decided to be more present in some countries which allowed us to make ourselves known and have marketed several DYXEE and TAGINNOV machines in Europe or in Canada and the Maghreb. We have recently installed a TAGINNOV line in Germany for inlay applications, finally we are getting ready to market our new RFID control machine with innovative features that could know a good path to export.

Range extension for DYXEE and TAGINNOV

Transformed into a large showroom for its open days, the production workshop was equipped for the occasion with a DYXEE CUT 350 line, a DYXEE 440 in IML configuration and two TAGINNOV lines.

The DYXEE CUT 350 in full version with flexo group, semi-rotary cutting and slitting is a space-saving finishing line. ” It is both competitive and sufficient for most manufacturers of adhesive labels,’ says Franck Vitali. Also in the DYXEE range, GIC has recently launched a 440 mm width IML Labels. The strength of this machine lies both on the cutting module, powerful enough to cut dry BOPP labels, and for end-of-line label processing, which can be batch preconditioned with non-stop stacker.

TAGINNOV range

Two TAGINNOV for RFID applications were exhibited. One in converting version, and the other in custom version with control bench. GIC masters both dry and wet labels, which is accompanied by complete control of chips and inlays. From reading and encoding to destruction. Fortunately, visitors to Innovation Week were able to discover a new line in the assembly phase to join the TAGINNOV range.

DYXEE 350 cutting line combined with felxo group.

Back on Bruno’s story

The president of GIC began his career at the end of the 70’s at a distributor of offset presses, the company Automation. In 1979, he followed the president of Automation to create CGA, a new company importing HUNKELER equipment. GIC was created in 1994. Bruno Vitali designs special machines for the continuous in his garage. Five years later, he was able to build a 1000 m² site in Faremoutiers, on Avenue de Paris. On this same site, from the first months, the development around the adhesive label and RFID began. With the installation in the new building, rue des Prés du Bourdeau, the company goes from 1000 m² to 3000 m².

The GT line, a Mercedes of ennoblissement

The new GT line takes advantage of the latest developments in CARTES in finishing. Upstream, the flexo group proves to be very compact and ergonomic. Behind the flat screen printing, the first gilding group can work transversely so as to reuse the gilding film a second time. The second gilding group is digital, since it is the Jet D-Screen module. Such a combination between traditional and digital groups also allows the combination to be multiplied.

During the demonstrations, two labels were printed with an analog gilding in the form of a medal, a varnish and a weft made with curved gilding. Another interesting module is the semi-rotary cutting. ” This module is 100% developed by CARDS. It combines several technologies, against variable part “Air Gap” and the dynamic distortion system allowing in addition to reuse the magnetic plates that the printer can have in stock. it allows you to set the distortion zone to avoid deformation of the cut.” Franck Vitali explains. “All these developments allow customers to have new combinations and cutting parameters”.

GT360 Line
GE362JJ Digital Finishing Line
Les lignes GEMINI

The first of the two GEMINI lines installed for this event is equipped with the delam-relam function and laser cutting. It should also be noted that CARTES, a pioneer in the field for more than 30 years, has a real know-how with a mastery of the laser source. To avoid the appearance of white edges on the substrate, the manufacturer has developed ILC technology. This technology consists of cutting on the back. Just before this module, a camera reads the QR-code corresponding to the next print. This will allow you to pre-set the laser cutting scheme, the positioning of the slitting knives and finally, the end-reel cross-section. This GEMINI line is thus designed to handle dozens of jobs from a single printed reel.” confides Franck Viitali.

GIC goes forward, it prepares the future, it exports and it shows its know-how. What more to ask.

Report by Olivier Ketels, PACK & LABEL AROUND, November 2021