The latest addition to the production printing portfolio underlines the Canon and Océ combines UV inkjet printing with conventional technologies.
The new press has a key role to play in the wider company strategy, as Crit Driessen, vice president and head of Digital Packaging PPP, explains, “Océ is keen to break into forward-looking markets, and industrial packaging printing offers excellent opportunities for new revenue streams. Digital products currently account for only a relatively small part of this market worldwide, but the share expected to grow rapidly. We are confident that market players will appreciate the Océ LabelStream’s productivity and customizing abilities as a way to add value to label printing.”
The Océ LabelStream 4000 series is a 5-color UV inkjet press (CMYK and white) with a print speed of 48 m/m. It offers print widths of 330 mm (13”) or 410 mm (16”) and an optional performance mode of 68 m/m for less demanding print jobs. Providing a one-pass digital high opacity white of more than 80% at standard press speed the opacity of analog printing technologies, such as rotary screen and flexo, can be matched.
The latest Xaar 2001 UV inkjet printheads, with a resolution of 720 x 600 dpi and different quality modes, provide fine details, smooth tones, vibrant color and solids on a wide range of standard labelstocks including PP, PE, BOPP plus selected special substrates.
The system can be expanded to a full hybrid configuration with a custom mix of additional flexo, embellishment and finishing units turning it into a fully integrated single-pass label conversion line to meet various demands and budgets.
This mix of conventional and digital technologies enables fast, affordable production of high-quality self-adhesive labels – for example, for fast moving consumer goods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Along with the ability to deliver cost-efficient print-to-order run lengths to avoid overproduction digital printing offers an unbeatable advantage in this segment: customization.
Commercial availability of the Océ LabelStream 4000 series in Europe will take place at the end of 2018.