Xeikon expands its portfolio with hybrid presses

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Hybrid presses can be defined as label presses that integrate two or more printing processes (digital and conventional) in line with finishing units (varnishing, spot color printing, slitting, die-cutting and different printing techniques). embellishment). Market trends indicate that luxury brands are benefiting from what their print provider offers: shorter print runs, more versions and variations, variable text or graphics, and personalization allowing more creative freedom.

To meet market demand, Xeikon launched a fully digital hybrid solution based on its digital press (Cheetah or Panther series), the newly developed Xeikon Label Converting Unit (LCU) and its X-800 digital front end. This solution can be configured according to the needs of the converter and becomes a powerful production system allowing label converters to increase their productivity while remaining completely flexible for all the needs of their customers.

The main values ​​of our hybrid label solution are:

  • From substrate to ready-to-use label: a complete production process flow in one pass
  • Eliminates a number of production steps, increasing productivity
  • Reduces waste and installation time
  • Open new business opportunities

“At Xeikon, we take customer feedback seriously. Our solutions are connected to the cloud, which provides us with a lot of data on the performance of the equipment. This translates into the possibility of providing more automation by combining production cycles to increase efficiency”, explains Filip Weymans, Vice President of Marketing at Xeikon, “That is why, in addition to presses, we are developing fully digital transformation and beautification products such as the Xeikon. LCU, which can be configured into hybrid print and convert solutions.

Xeikon hybrid solutions can contain both Xeikon’s Cheetah (dry toner) and Panther (UV inkjet) technologies. Therefore, all end-user applications can be serviced through this offering.

Dry Toner is the proven technology for all applications requiring high food safety standards while delivering high matte finish quality and achieving high quality on standard natural paper substrates (wine and spirits). Today, second-generation Cheetah technology is used in current Xeikon dry-toner digital presses.

Xeikon’s UV inkjet Panther technology was introduced in 2017, with a particular focus on labels in industries requiring high durability, including the health and beauty markets. These applications utilize the key benefits of UV inkjet’s unique characteristics such as scratch, scuff and scuff resistance.

“Some of our customers call a hybrid solution the best of both worlds,” adds Weymans, “All developments at Xeikon follow our mantra of digitizing label manufacturing with the aim of enabling label converters to build a profitable and sustainable business that stands the test of time. ”

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