Another recent customer for the machine, The LabelMakers of Bradford, was also exhibiting at Packaging Innovations. Further Xeikon CX3 units have been installed at Abbey Labels in Bury St. Edmunds and at Mercian Labels in Staffordshire.
“We have a very strong installed base of label and packaging presses in the UK,” said Filip Weymans, director segment Marketing and Business Development Labels and Packaging at Xeikon. “They give us regular feedback on the market and their ever-increasing levels of success. Many have been saying that they are running close to capacity with their existing equipment and have been asking us for an even faster solution.”
The Xeikon CX3, the Cheetah, is the fastest digital five-color label press in its league, able to produce up to 30 meters per minute. In real terms it is even more productive than that due to the fact that users can now take on longer run orders. This speed increase has been combined with new toner products meaning that users have the potential to open up new markets.
Further refinements to the manufacturing process for the toner for the Xeikon CX3 have enhanced the QA-Cheetah toner product. This latest enhancement is based on Xeikon’s ICE Toner development, which offered fusing at lower operating temperatures, allowing the label press to run heat sensitive substrates.
In addition to labels Xeikon has also been making advances in the digital production of cartonboard products. The Xeikon 3500 system installed at Glossop Cartons was showcased by the packaging production company at Packaging Innovations, where it was showing samples from its digital carton printing solution. The concept of short run, personalized digitally printed cartons is one that the company was keen to illustrate.
“Short run, eye catching solutions are an important element within the carton sector, and our folding carton suite has been developed with that in mind,” Weymans said. “Our products are never going to compete with the volume packaging produced by offset – that’s not what we are aiming for – but we can produce short run, highly innovative packs that many companies are now seeking in order to differentiate their products from their competition.”
The Xeikon Folding Carton Suite is based around the Xeikon 3500 digital color printing press. It is designed to deliver cut sheets of B2 format printed board, and beyond, printed in five colors, with inline spot varnishing, with application-tuned dry toner. The toner images created deliver food-safe printing with lightfastness, and without the use of any mineral oils.