Xeikon Launches Trillium One Digital Press

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Xeikon, in its first major show since it was acquired by Flint Group, is set to take digital print production to a new level of quality and productivity with the launch of Trillium One.

Trillium One harnesses Trillium, Xeikon’s breakthrough liquid toner printing process that is expected to revolutionise digital print, enabling Xeikon customers to Write History, Print the Future at drupa 2016, at the Messe Düsseldorf from 31 May to 10 June in Hall 8a.

A joint development project between Xeikon and Miyakoshi, Trillium One combines the expertise of two leading players in their fields: Miyakoshi’s strengths in the mechanics of a printing presses and Xeikon’s pioneering approach to digital imaging, high speed electronics, workflow and toner technology.

Wim Maes, president of Xeikon, the digital printing solutions division of Flint Group commented, ‘We’re proud to have collaborated with an experienced partner like Miyakoshi. This has allowed both parties to focus on their respective strengths.’

Over the past four years, Xeikon has also worked closely with hand-picked customers to complete the development of the four-colour Trillium One press. Capable of running at 60 metres (200 feet) per minute at 1200 dpi, with a print width of 500mm (19.7 inches), it combines cost-effectiveness, high quality and speed in a unique printing press poised to change the digital printing landscape. Direct marketing materials, and catalogues have been identified as high quality markets for Trillium One, with more target markets and applications expected to be added over time.

At drupa, Trillium One’s production flexibility will be showcased five times daily using a range of applications during 30-minute demonstrations. Those wishing to take a closer look inside the press will enjoy a virtual reality tour highlighting the numerous press innovations.

‘Trillium One takes us to a new technological level in terms of speed and cost for variable digital print,’ stated Maes. ‘It is a huge milestone in the Xeikon history. Trillium One is the culmination of our three pillars of operation. In imaging, we are continuously improving speed combined with print quality. In toners, we have been working on our own developments to increase our portfolio to meet customer demands. In workflow, we have our own proven DFE, the X-800. Together, these comprise a high quality, robust solution that will help our customers acquire new business and cement existing customer relationships solution.’

It incorporates Xeikon’s own-developed Tonnik, a liquid toner combining all the advantages of dry toner in a liquid format including: environmentally friendly as being de-inkable and economical. Its development ensures Xeikon users can meet ever-rising quality and productivity standards.

Trillium’s outstanding level of quality is due to the high resolution made possible by the imaging heads (1200 dpi) and the small toner particle size of less than two microns used in the Xeikon-crafted high viscosity liquid toner. The toner contains no evaporating carriers for a more environmentally conscious print production process that also mechanically recycles the majority of the carrier liquid. Biomaterial derived carrier liquids have been identified further increasing the sustainability of this new technology. As tested by INGEDE, printed materials are perfectly de-inkable on the Trillium press.

An additional benefit is Trillium’s Microgapping process; the initial five micron development gap means that toner particles easily transfer from one roller to the other with extreme precision and at a very high speed as the substrate progresses through the imaging process. This improves register and image quality and creates increased density stability. ‘So, we’re not only printing at 1200 dpi but we can also guarantee a very accurate dot development. Trillium is, just like offset, a full contact printing process.’

Maes concluded, ‘Trillium One combines the strengths of offset litho in delivering high print quality, ink densities, and image coverage on different substrates, with the strengths of digital printing which enables variable data printing at higher volumes with lower costs and easy operation, thus creating a powerful production solution. It will allow operations to transform their print quality and at the same time open up new markets. We are excited to be presenting this revolutionary press to visitors at drupa 2016.’

First machines will ship from 2017.