Xeikon introduces FEU finishing unit

Xeikon has announced a new finishing option for the label market, the Fusion Embellishment Unit, which is based on MGi’s JetVarnish 3D Web postpress unit.

This Xeikon FEU label finishing machine is based on an MGi JetVarnish 3D web.

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s VP marketing says that Xeikon has not just simply rebadged the MGi unit though that is more or less exactly what Xeikon has done, although the company has added its own X-800 Vectorizer digital front end. Weymans argues: “The Xeikon Vectorizor is an important part in differentiating. Vectorizor will generate both the ‘to-be-printed’ layer as a separate pdf + the identification tag for this ‘plate’.”

The Xeikon FEU has a number of different processes and can offer UV spot varnish, tactile varnish, foiling, 3D textures and holograms. It will work with a wide range of substrates including clear on clear, common BOPP and paper facestock up to natural structured papers, from 50 to 400 microns. It takes media from 100 to 420mm, with a maximum image width of 405mm. It’s meant to operate as a standalone unit and can run at speeds up to 42mpm. 

There’s an option to add a semi rotational die cut unit to create fully embellished and finished labels. Xeikon says that although it’s primarily aimed at label applications there is the potential to address other applications over time. 

Weymans adds: “The technology can indeed work as either preprint or postprint of both dry toner and UV inkjet. The width might not match the widest dry toner presses but this is not an issue. The Xeikon CX500 can print any width from 250mm up to 516mm.”

Weymans explains that Xeikon is responding to customer demand, noting: “We do receive requests from our customers and prospects upon digital embellishment. Hence we developed the Fusion product strategy and the Xeikon FEU is the first product we introduce. We are not planning to sell the product exclusively to our customer base, as we offer it to the broad label market alongside our conventional embellishment converting line.”

Xeikon will offer servicing for this unit itself through its own support network. The Xeikon FEU should be available later this month. You can find more details of Xeikon’s offerings, though not the FEU at time of writing, on xeikon.com and on the MGi JetVarnish 3D Web here.


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