Today, Xeikon launches a fully digital hybrid product based on its digital press (Cheetah or Panther series), the recently developed label converting unit and Xeikon’s X-800 digital front-end. This product can be configured to the need of the converter and becomes a powerful production system enabling label converters to step up their productivity while remaining fully flexible for all their customers' needs, according to Xeikon.
The main values of our hybrid label product are:
- From substrate to ready-label: a complete, single-pass production process flow
- Eliminates a number of production steps resulting in higher productivity
- Reduces waste and setup time
- Opens up new business opportunities
'At Xeikon we take customer input seriously. Our solutions are cloud-connected providing us with a lot of data on how the equipment is performing. This results in the ability to provide more automation in combining production runs to increase efficiency,' explains Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s vice president of marketing. 'That is why, along with the presses, we develop fully digital converting and embellishing products such as the Xeikon LCU which can be configured into hybrid print and converting solutions.'
Xeikon hybrid products can hold both Xeikon’s Cheetah (dry-toner) as well as Panther (UV inkjet) technologies hence all end-use applications can be addressed through this offering.
Dry-toner is the proven technology for all applications requiring adherence to high food safety standards while delivering the highest, matte-finished quality and achieving high quality on standard natural paper substrates (wine and spirits). Today, the second-generation Cheetah technology is used in Xeikon’s current dry-toner digital presses.
Xeikon’s UV inkjet Panther Technology was introduced in 2017, with a specific focus on labels across industries requiring high durability including the health and beauty markets. These applications make use of the key benefits of the unique features of UV inkjet such as scratch, scuff, and rub resistance.
'Some of our customers call a hybrid solution the best of both worlds,' continues Weymans, 'All developments at Xeikon fit into our mantra of digitizing label manufacturing with the purpose of enabling label converters to develop a profitable and sustainable future-proof business.'
The new hybrid printing solution, based on the Xeikon PX3300 (Panther), will be featured during Labelexpo Americas, September 13-15, Rosemont, IL. Join Xeikon in Hall F, Booth 5703, to see this and all the latest label print technology.