Xeikon America (Itaska, Illinois) has announced the addition of a high-end, high-productivity label press to its Panther portfolio. The new Xeikon PX30000 Digital UV Inkjet Label Press is equipped with eight printing stations, two of which are used to achieve high opaque white layers at maximum speeds. The new press is driven by Xeikon’s X-800 Digital Front End (DFE) with capabilities designed to maximize digital print manufacturing. The PX30000 offers a cost-effective and fast time-to-market solution for short-run to medium-run flexo jobs. It provides label printers “with maximum opportunities to produce the widest range of digitally-printed labels with a glossy tactile look, optimum durability and high levels of resistance against scuffing and scratching.” The press is designed to appeal in particular to label printers working in the high-end markets of health and beauty, chemicals and premium beers. Label printers looking for faster turnaround times, reduced production costs and lower complexity will be able to explore new business possibilities offered by digital printing, the OEM added.
“The addition of this high-end, digital production label press is an important step in the Xeikon strategy,” said Filip Weymans, Vice-President of Marketing at Xeikon. “Adding the Xeikon PX30000 to our portfolio enhances the Xeikon offering that already was the most comprehensive in the market. Label printing companies can now opt for a dry-toner press or an inkjet press, for an entry-level solution or a fully geared high-end production press – from a 5-colour engine up to a 7-colour engine. We are convinced that the appropriate and ideal choice a printing customer makes depends on their business strategy and their choice of end-use applications. Apart from integration capabilities, the X-800 workflow enables further automation for complete label production. Making use of its intelligent imposition algorithms to position the labels on the web, can also help reduce costs by optimizing production times. There are no challenges too great for this powerful workflow. Even for the most demanding variable-data jobs or labels where track-and-trace functionality is required, Xeikon’s X-800 workflow is unsurpassed,” Weymans added.
As with all Xeikon digital print technology, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) can be optimized using Xeikon Premium Services. The Xeikon PX30000 UV inkjet press is a proven press platform driven by Xeikon’s X-800 workflow, which can be easily integrated into any existing workflow environment, said the company. For flexibility and a wider range of applications, the press has extended colour gamut capabilities, coming with a choice of two configurations – 6-colour or 7-colour – and full colour-management controls. With a maximum speed of 70m/min. (229ft./min.) and using opaque white, the new roll-to-roll, full-rotary press can print on substrates as wide as 340 mm (13.4 inches).