Xeikon has shown off a new five-colour label press, the Cheetah, which it claims is 60% faster than any other model in its current press portfolio. It’s designed for use with self-adhesive/pressure sensitive label production and can output high quality labels at 30 m/min. It can handle substrate widths up to 330 mm with a true print resolution of 1200 x 3600 dpi. It uses full rotary printing where the press speeds are independent of the number of colours used and/or the repeat length of the job. Full rotary printing also makes step-and-repeat and subsequent finishing operations straightforward. As with all Xeikon printers, it uses dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass.
The press also includes automatic in-line register and density controls. The imaging width is up to 322 mm while the repeat length is variable from 0 – 55 m. Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm. It uses CMYK plus white.
Patrick Van Baelen, VP of world-wide marketing at Xeikon, commented: “The Xeikon Cheetah narrows the gap between digital printing and traditional flexo/offset methods for producing labels. In addition, the increase in speed also results in a lower total production cost.”
Xeikon has a new SuperBlack toner to be used as a spot color that can be applied via the fifth color station of a Xeikon digital press. Normal black toner produces a density of 1.8, while the new SuperBlack provides a density of 2.2-2.4.
Xeikon has also launched a new Web varnishing module that can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates, which can include self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. It runs inline with the Xeikon 3000 Series of presses (at full press speeds) and the print roller can be changed easily to match the repeat or width of the job being printed. In addition to applying the flood or spot varnish, the unit can be upgraded with a UV dryer and/or aqueous dryer. The operator can see the results immediately and can make any corrections, without wasting time.
“The label and folding carton industries employ a wide range of varnishes, from matt to super gloss, and these can have a huge impact on the appearance, feel and quality of the final printed product,” says Filip Weymans, Director – Business Development and Marketing, Labels and Packaging, Xeikon.