- The Xeikon 3300 with in-line DCoat330 @ the Digital Print Workshops (Hall 9) - In the ultimate challenge visitors will see Xeikon battle it out with other press manufacturers to demonstrate how different digital processes - inkjet, dry toner and liquid toner - produce the same label job on identical substrates matching a color proof. A neutral moderator will run the workshops. Visitors will learn how to set up and run each label press to optimize label print performance and quality, assess new product and market opportunities and compare print quality and performance.
- The Xeikon 3050 @ Package Printing Zone (Hall 12) - A new feature of Labelexpo where live demonstrations of digital package printing by companies such as Xeikon enable visitors to discover how narrow and mid web presses can be used for short-run packaging applications. They will learn that as print runs are getting shorter, it becomes even more cost-effective to adopt machinery traditionally used for label printing. Xeikon will build up its live demonstration around the production of a consumer product launch that involves a variety of materials such as wet-glue labels, heat transfer labels, folding cartons and POS/POP.
New business opportunities with heat transfer applications
Together with its partner MOSS, a leader in container decorating technologies, Xeikon will also showcase on its stand the 'Digitube' applicator for decorating flexible seamless tubes, aluminum closures and similar articles. This heat transfer technology allows to decorate a variety of plastic containers and others through digital printing technology. In the first stage of this process, the Xeikon 3500 prints the exact numbers of heat-transfer labels required for the decoration. In the next step, the roll of printed transfers is fed into the MOSS applicator which perfectly applies the label via a heat transfer process onto the container.
The result is a high-quality, digitally printed and applied decoration that is scratch and water resistant. In addition, it offers a higher flexibility as the decoration can be applied later in the supply chain, compared to traditional methods (screen and offset printing), where it must be printed at the very beginning. Xeikon will demonstrate this live at the booth, clearly showing the new business opportunities of heat transfer technology to label printers and converters.
“There is a lot happening at the show and we are delighted to be part of the many interactive opportunities that give us the chance to highlight our real-time capabilities in an independent environment,” concludes Weymans. “We look forward to inform visitors at the show of what is possible with our range of technology-led, market-focused solutions. At our stand, they can discover a range of real-life customer cases that will be displayed with samples, videos and presentations. And learn more about how they can use our technologies to improve their business.”
About the Xeikon 3000 Series
The Xeikon 3000 Series includes four digital label presses: the entry-level Xeikon 3030, the Xeikon 3050 with wider web width; the high-volume Xeikon 3300 and the flagship model Xeikon 3500. Based on open industry standards, the Xeikon solution fit seamlessly into any production environment, increasing customer's efficiency and flexibility. The four presses all deliver the same print quality and are divided into two maximum web widths: 330 mm (13”) and 516 mm (20.3”), with each width available in entry-level or the higher productivity versions. Entry-level versions are designed to be field-upgraded to the wider and/or faster specifications.
The full rotary technology combined with variable repeat length allows printing at maximum speed, regardless the size of the labels. It also allows to print labels of different formats and sizes in the same run. The print speed is unaffected by the number of colors used. An inline densitometer ensures automatic density and register control, and allows fine-tuning during printing. The Xeikon 3000 Series uses the QA-I toner that was developed for the label market and delivers significant benefits in terms of image quality, light fastness, food safety and ecology.