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Saturday, May 5, 2012

New Xeikon 3030Plus offers label printers 50% more productivity


Xeikon launched the Xeikon 3030Plus, the fifth model in its Xeikon 3000 Series of digital label presses, at drupa 2012. Featuring a top speed of 15m/min (49.2 ft/min), the new narrow web printer offers entry-level printing technology with 50% more productivity versus competitive offerings in its class. With a deep understanding of how digital is being implemented on shop floor, Xeikon developed another offering for converters. More choice means converter can incorporate the right digital solution that best fits their needs. 

“The Xeikon 3030Plus offers label printers an attractive entry-level investment into high quality digital label printing, with the additional benefit of higher speed,” said Filip Weymans, Director – Segment Marketing and Business Development, Labels and Packaging at Xeikon. “It’s the perfect choice for customers who only need a press with 330mm web width, but really want the extra speed for improved productivity. The Xeikon 3030Plus now completes our lineup of the Xeikon 3000 Series.”

Xeikon has prides itself with their deep, intimate knowledge of customer and develops solutions to address the needs of their customers. Self-evident of this is the increase in overall market share. From 2010 to 2011 Xeikon has doubled its share of digital toner label presses and states to have a 40% CAGR in print volumes for the last four years

50% more productivity
The Xeikon 3030Plus is a narrow web digital label press which features a printing speed of 15.0 m/min (49.2 ft/min), thereby offering 50% more productivity to printers versus competitive entry-level offerings. Along with the other Xeikon 3000 Series models, the Xeikon 3030Plus utilizes high precision LED-array imaging technology, which combines true 1200 dpi resolution at 4-bit per spot to deliver the finest print quality. Incorporating Xeikon’s unique full rotary printing technology, combined with virtually unlimited variable repeat length, the printing speed of the press is not affected by either the label size or the number of colors used.  

The Xeikon 3030Plus is capable of printing on an unrivalled range of substrates, including various self-adhesive materials constructions including co-extruded films, Bopp, PVC and PET, paperboards, paper with weights ranging from 40 to 350 gsm and transparent and opaque PET films. 

Like all the other members of the Xeikon 3000 Series, the Xeikon 3030Plus is driven by the X-800 Digital Front-End. Based on open standards, the X-800 can be integrated into any production environment. Its modular set-up allows label printers to manage different production elements in the most efficient manner. Prepress functions, such as impositions and color management, can be performed in the prepress environment, allowing the press operator to focus on production.  The X-800 also allows easy inclusion of metadata functionalities, such as sequential numbers and/or barcodes.

Application based Toners continues the theme of “Choice” 
In addition to Xeikon’s QA-I toner, which meets all the applicable FDA guidelines for indirect food contact at room temperatures – as well as direct contact for dry food substances containing no surface oil or fat, Xeikon offers spot color toners, a Xeikon’s one-pass opaque white toner and clear toner for anti-counterfeiting applications (See Xeikon’s “brand protection” white paper for more details), enabling unparalleled application flexibility. Moreover, all toners offer a very high light fastness ensuring that labels keep their color strength throughout time.

Come and see live the Xeikon 3030Plus in action at drupa 2012! The Xeikon 3030Plus is demonstrated live at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany from May 3-16, 2012 at the Xeikon exhibit in Hall 8A, Booth B44.  

Xeikon NV is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications that utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.  ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, color management, as well as workflow management.

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