Eminence Business Media

Eminence Business Media

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Xeikon is introducing the Xeikon 3050, the fourth model in its dedicated range of digital label presses, called the Xeikon 3000 Series. The new press offers users an entry-level digital printing solution for applications that benefit from a wider web width capability.

“The Xeikon 3050 offers label converters an attractive entry-level investment into high quality digital label printing, with the additional flexibility of greater width,” says Filip Weymans, Business Development Manager Labels & Packaging. “It completes our Xeikon 3000 Series. We can now offer entry-level and high productivity versions in two print widths, all with the same high quality of printing.”

Maximum web widths
The flexible print width of the Xeikon 3050 allows customers to print according to the job requirements. Depending on their size, labels can be imposed more efficiently which results in higher throughput. The Xeikon 3050 can print on scalable web widths from 250 mm (9.8") up to 516 mm (20.3"), including the popular 330 mm (13") width. Label converters will benefit from this capability as they can now print labels of any size in the most profitable manner, while minimizing material waste and maximizing their productivity.

The press speed of 9,6 m/min (31.5 ft/min) can be maintained regardless of whether four or five colors are printed. Along with the other Xeikon 3000 Series models, the Xeikon 3050 is a LED-array-based digital press, printing at 1200 dpi imaging resolution. The full rotary printing, with variable repeat length, ensures that the printing speed is not affected by the label size nor the number of colors used. It guarantees maximum productivity and profitability.

The Xeikon 3050 is able to print on an unmatched range of substrates, including various self-adhesive materials such as co-extruded films, Bopp, PVC and PET, paperboards, paper with weights ranging from 40 to 350 gsm and transparent and opaque foils.

As with the other Xeikon 3000 Series models, the Xeikon 3050 runs the latest QA-I toner, which meets all the applicable FDA guidelines for indirect food contact under room temperature and less severe conditions as well as direct food contact for dry food substances containing no surface oil or fat under the same conditions. This toner also exhibits excellent lightfastness, as confirmed by independent lab tests.

“All Xeikon presses are designed to be upgraded, which prevents obsolescence,” Weymans concludes. “Any of the entry models can be field-upgraded to the higher specifications. So a printer can enter the digital label market with the Xeikon 3030 (max. 330 mm/13" width) or Xeikon 3050 (max. 516 mm/20.3" width) and – when business grows– upgrade to the higher specifications. A Xeikon 3030, for example, can be upgraded to the faster Xeikon 3300 or to the wider Xeikon 3050/3500 models.”

The Xeikon 3050 will be commercially available from Q1 2011.

A pioneer in digital printing, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers high-end digital color printing systems for the industrial, document and commercial printing market segments. These systems are composed of advanced web-fed printing engines using LED-array-based, dry toner electro photography, open workflow software, exclusive toner and other consumables. Xeikon is represented in India by Flexo Image Graphics and Monotech Systems Ltd.