Xeikon has introduced version 2.0 of its Panther UV inkjet technology with the launch of two new label presses: the Xeikon PX3300 and Xeikon PX2200, which are ‘defining a pathway to full digitization of print production and manufacturing’.
‘We are defining a pathway to full digitization of print production and manufacturing,’ said Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing at Xeikon. ‘Responsiveness has become key for any business and can only be achieved effectively by digitalizing all print manufacturing processes―not just printing. The foundation for a digitalized environment lies in digitally collecting data. The data volume, captured in real-time, creates the information required by label converters to make fact-based decisions.
‘Another aspect is the interfacing connections in production between machines and operators, helping to transfer job information between various production processes or drawing the attention of operators when it is really required. The cloud-connected, machine-machine, and man-machine interfaces of our UV inkjet presses will enable label printers to take operational excellence to the highest levels. They offer great potential to maximize overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), increase sustainability and make an operation robust for any future challenge.’
The new Panther 2.0 series offers unique opportunities for label printers to expand their applications portfolio. Xeikon’s new substrate handles technology features a new splice table, web detection capability and cooled roller at the curing section to print labels in a broader choice of substrates. Both presses can be configured with a fifth print station for white ink and can print on a wide range of self-adhesive substrates in addition to clear-on-clear, including coated paper, vinyl, PP, PE, PET and metalized media.
The Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 presses leverage dedicated PantherCure UV inks, which meet the demands from brand owners for high-gloss, durable labels with high scuff resistance. The Panther DuraCure UV technology produces high-gloss effects. It stands out across a wide color gamut while delivering long-term durability for multiple applications such as industrial, chemical and household labels, as well as high-end labels for the premium beer, spirit, beverage, health and beauty market sectors.
Driven by the Xeikon X-800 digital front end (DFE), the new presses offer consistent print quality in combination with productivity. The cloud connectivity is achieved through the X-800, providing access to both machine and job data such as ink consumption, printing time, etc. The latest generation of Xeikon’s X-800 enables unique applications on the Panther series, such as haptic printing. This tactile layer of white delivers the embellishing effect in-line with full-color printing. Also, for variable data printing, starting from black and white and going to color numbering and the most complex full-color application through Xeikon’s new Vari-One option.
The Panther 2.0 series will now be accompanied by the Xeikon PX2200, 220mm wide, available with four or five print stations, and the Xeikon PX3300, 330mm, available in four and five print stations or HC-high capacity.
Xeikon’s Panther presses are now equipped with cloud connectivity and a next-generation human-machine interface (HMI). This helps operators monitor the workflow to maximize productivity by avoiding downtime and bottlenecks and making changes on the fly while maintaining full-color control. The new interface also allows presses to communicate with other equipment, such as Xeikon's finishing and embellishment units.
‘Xeikon’s UV inkjet presses can address any request from label converters,’ added Weymans. ‘This can mean replacing an older UV flexo press to be more effective, being cost competitive within the high-end to medium-run label market, expanding the digital application space of existing liquid toner businesses, or providing entry-level investments that allow any printing company to embark into the digital label space. By being part of Xeikon’s broader label portfolio (press, consumables, workflow, converting, embellishing, services), converters can, over time, expand their investment in width and color or expand their workflow capabilities with ERP or MIS systems. With more than 30 years of experience in digital innovation, Xeikon has a deeper understanding that enables us to offer not only the latest innovations and technologies but also a full suite of support services.’