Xeikon Expands Digital Printing Applications with New Label Presses | Article

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Xeikon has announced two new label presses, the Xeikon PX3300 and Xeikon PX2200, as part of an expansion of its Panther UV inkjet technology portfolio and aimed at advancing the digitalization of print manufacturing.

According to the company, the Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 use the company’s Panther DuraCure UV technology to produce high-gloss labels with high scuff resistance. This would provide a wide color gamut and long-term durability for applications such as industrial, chemical, and household labels, as well as high-end labels for the high-end beverage, health, and beauty industries.

Additionally, the company has added a new splice table, web sensing capability and chill roll at the curing station to the new inkjet presses. This apparently makes it possible to print high quality labels on a wider choice of media.

As part of the new wider range of substrate choices, Xeikon can offer a clear-on-clear facestock, which requires an opaque white to make the design stand out. Both new presses can be configured with a fifth print station for white ink and, in addition to transparency on transparency, can print on a wide range of self-adhesive media such as coated paper, vinyl, PP , PE, PET and metallised.

The new inkjet presses are also equipped with the Xeikon X-800 digital front end (DFE), which allows customers to access both machine and job data, such as ink consumption and printing time. Xeikon says the new presses are also equipped with a cloud connection and next-generation HMI, which it says will help operators monitor workflow, maximize productivity by avoiding downtime and bottlenecks, and to make rapid changes to production lines.

The company adds that the latest generation of the X-800 DFE enables inkjet presses to work with unique applications, such as haptic printing. For example, inkjet presses can add an inline embellishment effect to labels using a layer of white, and other tactile elements can be added with a full color gamut.

Xeikon’s new interfaces also mean that its Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 can communicate without other equipment, such as the company’s finishing and embellishment units.

The Xeikon PX2200 is 220mm wide and available with four or five print stations, while the Xeikon PX3300 is 330mm with the option of four or five print stations or high capacity HC.

Both models are now commercially available in Europe and North America. A demonstration of the new inkjet presses can also be requested at Xeikon’s Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium, where the company transferred its operations in 2019.

Filip Weymans, Vice President of Marketing at Xeikon, comments: “We are setting a path towards the complete digitalization of print production and manufacturing.

“Responsiveness has become essential for any business and can only be effectively achieved by digitizing all print manufacturing processes, not just printing.”

Weymans adds that the new inkjet presses “hold great potential to maximize OEE, increase durability and render a robust operation for any future challenge.”

Thanks to Xeikon’s X-800 technology, companies like UPM Raflatac are able to print labels quickly and in large quantities via unique identifiers sent directly from the cloud to Xeikon’s digital printers.

Xeikon has also developed a digital printing solution for pouches with applications such as food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, while providing faster lead times and better brand visibility. The company’s fleXflow production line – which also uses the X800 DFE – is aimed at dynamic pouch production processes.

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