LabelTec retains a lot of their sophisticated, custom jobs (e.g. peel back labels) on their 12 colour flexo press while printing high quality, short-run labels on their Xeikon 3300. While that press enabled them to cost-effectively enter the digital market, as their digital business grew LabelTec started to see the need to upgrade to a print engine that was at least 50% faster and offered more quality features.
In developing the right solution for LabelTec’s press upgrade, Xeikon focused on new technology features such as improved left to right colour stability, improved and faster substrate conditioning prior to printing, better serviceability and the highest possible Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). This combination would enable LabelTec to improve their quality, grow their customer base and run more flexo jobs digitally with a lower cost crossover point. LabelTec also liked the fact that Xeikon offered a complete solution including finishing – all from one supplier.
The proposed solution is a Xeikon CX300 dry toner label press with a Mini Dcoat 330 die-cut and varnish finisher. The CX300, part of the Xeikon’s ‘Cheetah’ series, offers LabelTec faster-running speeds, lower operating costs and flexibility to meet complex customer demands without compromising quality, reliability or consistency – whatever the label or volume. The mini Dcoat 330, the latest generation of digital label finishing machines, features new electronics, a newly-designed control panel and updated user interface. Its small footprint minimises waste and maximises productivity. It provides UV flexo varnish, lamination, super-gloss, cold-foil, die-cutting and slit and rewind on one single compact platform.
Randy Hargadine, president, LabelTec and Paul Mullaly, VP visited Xeikon’s Customer Innovation Centre in Itasca, Illinois, in February 2021, to see their jobs run on the Mini Dcoat 330. The technical experts ran 13 very challenging jobs, without any advance prepping, to demonstrate the full range of capabilities and so that LabelTec could see first-hand what to expect in actual production.