Starting now, visitors to the website can consult Xeikon and get advice on the ideal digital set-up for their business by answering a few questions.
“Looking at today’s consumer-driven trends and the evolving diversity in consumer behavior, label converters are confronted with a number of challenges in terms of varying run lengths, increasing number of jobs, long runs over many versions, personalization, and just-in-time delivery needs while running their operational costs effectively. Digitizing their print manufacturing process helps them to address these challenges,” comments Filip Weymans, Xeikon VP marketing. “With TRANSFORM, we provide a tool that guides business owners in this transformation process.
“Xeikon has over 30 years of experience in developing digital technologies for the label industry,” added Weymans. “By just asking five simple questions related to their business, we provide personal advice that can set them on the right track to choose the ideal configuration for their business strategy out of almost 200 possible digital label production setups.”
Where TRANSFORM allows label converters to gain insight into the possibilities of digital production, Labelexpo Europe is the place to see live what the ideal digital label printing set-up could be like. Xeikon will be operating three popular configurations during the entire show:
1. The Label Discovery Package: entry-level solution addressing 90% of all end-user label applications:
Data shows that 25% of all label manufacturers have not yet implemented digital technology into their operations. For these companies, and for any business looking to make money with only 1000 meter of label per day, this is the ideal solution. The Xeikon Label Discovery Package is an entry-level offering, consisting of a Xeikon 3030 digital label press and a Xeikon entry Dcoat digital converting line with varnish, semi rotary die-cutting, and rewind. Using an industrial press, related consumables and semi rotary die-cutting technology, it ensures the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership) in the entry-level market. The ability to operate both full color and full color+white allows to address the higher-value markets using clear or metallic substrates, and as such produce 90% of all label applications.
2. The Xeikon CX500: high-end food and wine label printing:
The flagship Xeikon CX500 holds the promise for label converters looking to take the next step into digital and tap into new applications and products. Thanks to its advanced technology, its web width and its actual print speed, the Xeikon CX500 delivers high quality and productivity in the digital press landscape for full color+white jobs, for jobs with large-sized labels, and for long-run jobs over multi versions. Of all digital print technologies, dry toner offers the highest levels of food safety, and Xeikon’s latest toner generation, the Xeikon QB-toner, has been designed specifically for food labels and even takes the upcoming regulations into account. The Xeikon CX500 also gives maximum substrate versatility. It prints without any problems on natural papers typically used for the wine and spirit market, one of most challenging substrates for printing in general.
3. The Xeikon PX3000: health & beauty and high performance durable label printing
The third Labelexpo setup, the Xeikon PX3000, showcases Xeikon’s UV inkjet technology, the Panther technology. This is of particular interest for specific end-use applications in the health & beauty, premium beer, industrial, and household chemicals sectors. The Panther technology (UV inkjet) is a reliable solution for label converters who newly entered these segments, or for label businesses looking to optimize their digital production by eliminating the need for varnish and/or laminate. The Panther Series, Xeikon’s range of UV inkjet presses, offer a glossy look & feel sought after in health & beauty and premium beer labels.
In addition, the newly launched HAPTIC printing allows to address this market by enabling a unique tactile feel in print. Without the need for special tools and related setup time, this high-end effect can be achieved on the Xeikon PX3000. High-performance, durable labels put a high demand on the durability of the ink and their adhesion to the substrate. The unique Xeikon Panther DuraCure technology, that combines both LED and HG (mercury) curing in one pass, achieves that. The combining in-depth (LED) and surface (HG) curing creates an ink layer that is highly resistant to chemicals, temperature, sunlight, and mechanical abrasion. These ongoing developments underline Xeikon’s leading market position in the UV inkjet label market with an installed base of over 200 UV inkjet presses worldwide, the largest since the acquisition of Jetrion and the launch of the Xeikon Panther Series.