Creates ‘rounded portfolio’ for the offset label printing market
FFEI has developed Printbar Uncovered, enabling OEMs to deliver their own unique digital hybrid print system to the labels and packaging market.
Introduced at Labelexpo Europe 2017, Printbar Uncovered brings together printbar technology, powered by Xaar, and FFEI’s inkjet integration expertise. OEM clients are therefore able to customize and bring to market an inkjet printbar system that meets the requirements of customers, under their own brand. FFEI said, ultimately, Printbar Uncovered enables OEMs to deliver high profit margins on short run jobs through the range of value added embellishments supported – spot varnish, cold foiling, rotary white screen replacement, variable data labels and haptic (high-build and texture) effects.
Printbar Uncovered technology can handle a wide range of inks and fluids, including spot colors (K or CMY), protective lacquers, high-build spot and tactile varnish, heavily pigmented high-opacity over- and under- whites and cold foil adhesives. Print widths of 140-560mm are supported with prints speeds of up to 75m/min (depending on the application).
Every Printbar Uncovered system utilizes Xaar printheads and Nazdar inks, and can be mounted on a range of digital and traditional web fed presses and finishing systems, either new configurations or retrofitted onto existing installs. OEMs are able to tailor the covers and color scheme, user interface, service and support packages, and printhead configuration (width and color).
FFEI managing director Andy Cook explained: ‘Printbar Uncovered is totally flexible. OEMs get to specify exactly what they need from the final printbar system to satisfy the requirements of their target market and existing customer base.
‘What has also impressed our OEM partners is that they have total freedom when it comes to branding. They can adapt and integrate their Printbar Uncovered solution so that it fully embodies their brand values - look and feel, quality, serviceability and support – we literally deliver the final solution without covers.’
Xaar and FFEI have established a collaboration in order to drive the go-to-market plan for the Xaar Print Bar System.
‘Printbar technology presents a fantastic opportunity for OEMs of traditional flexo and finishing equipment as it presents a new way for them to bring value to customers in a single pass,’ added Cook. ‘It’s the perfect “hybrid”.’