Canon has added new print modes and performance upgrades for its Océ LabelStream 4000 series. Print resolutions of up to 1,080 DPI and print speeds of up to 75m/min ‘allow label converters to expand their application range while increasing throughput and minimizing turnaround times’ said the company.
The new top speed in combination with a 16in digital print width result in what Canon claims to be an industry-leading productivity of up to 1,845sqm per hour.
The Océ LabelStream 4000 series will be on show at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels on September 24-27, 2019.
The Océ LabelStream 4000 series, an industrial-scale 4- or 5-color UV inkjet press (CMYK and white) targeted at the production of self-adhesive labels, now offers two upgraded print modes: Quality and Performance. Label converters can choose the right combination of quality and efficiency for the profitable production of short to medium runs.
The press is available as a digital-only reel-to-reel configuration and can expand to a full hybrid configuration with a custom mix of additional flexo, embellishment and finishing units.
Crit Driessen, VP and head of digital packaging, commented: ‘Since the launch of the Océ LabelStream 4000 series in 2018, we have been actively driving the quality and performance of the technology to boost productivity and to support customers in addressing a broader range of self-adhesive labels. The latest improvements follow Canon’s philosophy to provide efficient inkjet production solutions for highest net output in all markets served.’
The newly introduced Quality mode offers a resolution of 720 x 1080 DPI at a print speed of 50m/min. A single-pass opacity white of >73 percent matches conventional flexo technologies. For label converters seeking the white opacity of conventional rotary screen printing, a one-pass digital white opacity of up to 80 percent can be achieved at a slightly reduced speed providing a cost-efficient alternative to lengthy set-up processes and expensive screens. Together with the highly pigmented Océ LabelStream inks and the high ink laydown capabilities of Xaar 2001 printhead technology, the new print mode can reproduce a Pantone color gamut of 94 percent with CMYK.
With the Performance mode, which attains a top print speed of 75m/min at a resolution of 720 x 720 DPI, label converters can achieve maximum throughput and production efficiency supported by a white opacity of >65 percent.