Xeikon tweaks Panther label printing

Xeikon has added a couple of new features to its Panther inkjet label presses through tweaks in the X800 front end, which of course will be shown off at the upcoming Label Expo show in Brussels in September .

Xeikon has added new tactile and white ink features to its Panther inkjet label presses.

The first of these involves controlling the PantherCure dual curing system to create a tactile layer that can give labels more of a luxury feel. Xeikon says that this won’t take any significant time in prepress and will benefit customers in the beer, beverage, food, and Health & Beauty markets.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, Xeikon’s director of product management, explains: “The technology generating the tactile and textured layer is embedded in the Panther’s X-800 workflow. It is the brand owners and designers who define the structure, shape and form of the design.  When the file is received, the workflow automatically recognizes the elements of the design and generates the information required to drive the print head – that’s what creates the haptic effect in print on the end product.” 

Xeikon has also improved the control of the white ink when an opaque white layer is used to make designs stand out. Typically this can lead to varying ink layer thicknesses across the web that can in turn have a telescoping effect on the printed rolls. Press operators usually overcome this by printing shorter rolls but now the X800 can automatically reduce the white layer relative to the colours that are printed on top of it to prevent this from happening. It also has the added benefit of saving on white ink.

You can find further details on Xeikon’s label printers at xeikon.com.


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