Xeikon 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 digitization 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 scratch resistance. This would provide a wide color gamut and long-term durability for applications such as industrial, chemical and household labels, as well as premium labels for the premium beverage and health and beauty industries.
In addition, the company has added a new splice table, web detection capability and a chill roll at the curing station to the new inkjet presses. This apparently allows high quality labels to be printed on a wider variety of media.
As part of the new and wider range of substrate choices, Xeikon can offer a clear-to-clear faceplate, which requires opaque white to make the design stand out. Both new presses can be configured with a fifth printing station for white ink and, in addition to clear-on-clear, can print on a wide range of self-adhesive media such as coated paper, vinyl, PP, PE, PET and metallized.
The new inkjet presses are also equipped with the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front End (DFE), which allows customers to access machine and job data, such as ink consumption and run times. impression. Xeikon says the new presses also come 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 range of colors.
Xeikon’s new interfaces also mean that its Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 can communicate without other equipment, such as the company’s finishing and beautifying units.
The Xeikon PX2200 is 220mm wide and is available with four or five printing stations, while the Xeikon PX3300 is 330mm with the option of four or five printing 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 defining a path towards the complete digitization of print production and manufacturing.
“Responsiveness has become the key to any business and can only be achieved effectively by digitizing all print manufacturing processes, not just printing. “
Weymans adds that the new inkjet presses “offer great potential to maximize TRS, increase durability and make operation robust for any future challenge.”
Using Xeikon’s X-800 technology, companies such as UPM Raflatac are able to print labels on short notice 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 the food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, while providing shorter delivery times and better brand visibility. The company’s fleXflow production line, which also uses the X800 DFE, is for dynamic pouch production processes.