Durst showed three Xaar-enabled printers at the show. Two single-pass Tau 150 Digital UV Inkjet Label Presses: one with eight colours (using 32 Xaar 1001 printheads) and the other with five colours (using 20 Xaar 1001 printheads). The Tau 150 guarantees maximum reliability and production efficiency, handling short-run jobs from a few hundred labels up to more than 40,000 labels economically, turning unprofitable short-run jobs on conventional presses into profitable print jobs. The Rotoworx VDP-Module HS, featuring 10 Xaar 1001 printheads, was also in action producing variable data in-line on labels printed by the Tau.
EFI launched the Jetrion 4900 at the show. This CMYK+W UV inkjet digital printing system combines high-quality 229 mm-width digital printing using 15 Xaar 1001 printheads with in-line laser finishing. The new system makes short-run digital label jobs even more efficient and profitable by not only eliminating plates and dies, but also the set-up time, substrate waste and inventory requirements associated with the traditional label finishing process. It produces eye-catching, durable labels on an array of substrates. The press is ideal for label converters looking to transfer high-cost, short- and medium-run jobs to digital systems, from print file straight through to finished roll.
INX/Spartanics hosted the European debut of the INX NW140 UV digital narrow web press. This press delivers single-pass colour printing at speeds up to 24.4m/min and uses 14 Xaar 1001 printheads which are essential to print 140mm wide on any label stock. This is achieved by applying a proprietary pre-coat before printing a white base layer and CMYK, followed by a varnish coat. LED curing lamps are used for ‘pinning’ the pre-coat, white base layer and varnish to hold the inkjet drops in position before a full cure and laser cutting.
Nilpeter demonstrated a complete modular CASLON press that combines conventional printing and converting with high-quality single-pass UV-curable CMYK inkjet printing using 20 Xaar 1001 printheads (an optional 24-printhead version is also available). The CASLON print system is mounted on a standard Nilpeter FA-platform. The system can be configured as a “stand-alone” digital print engine, or incorporated as a module within a given FA-configuration.
Stork Prints demonstrated the Stork Prints DSI narrow web UV inkjet printer achieving 1000 dpi resolution. With a productivity of up to 720 m2/hr, the DSI offers fast changeover times and handles all popular paper and film label substrates. This printer features a maximum of 10 printhead arrays, each with five Xaar 1001 printheads. The greyscale Xaar 1001 inkjet printheads, together with the large colour gamut and high colour strength, result in a unique printing quality for images, fine details, smooth tonal values, 3D effects and small type.