Xeikon Press Modernises Production

Xeikon Press Modernises Production
Michał Kuczkowski, Xeikon with Maciej Wojtaszek and Łukasz Smok, Aniflex.

The five-colour (CMYK + white) Xeikon Panther PX3300 inkjet digital press prints on substrates up to 350mm wide at a maximum speed of 50m/min (approximately 990sqm/h). A Polish printing specialist has invested in the Panther PX3300 UV inkjet press to expand its digital label offering and speed up production.

Aniflex Głowacka Wojtaszek general partnership is one of the fastest developing companies in the self-adhesive labels and packaging sector in Poland. The company’s growth strategy is based on consistently investing in modern printing technologies, allowing it to gain a competitive advantage and diversify its offering. Achieving these goals were the determining factors behind the decision to install a Panther PX3300 inkjet digital press.

Maciej Wojtaszek, co-owner of the printing company said, ‘The investment in the new Xeikon press has significantly increased the technological capacity of our plant and allowed us to exploit the sales potential for low and medium-volume orders, as well as helped us cut delivery time – all of which enable us to stay competitive.’

Established in 2003, the company has invested significantly in organisational, production and technological advances over the years, and today offers shrink sleeves and flexible packaging, in addition to self-adhesive labels. Great emphasis is also placed on expanding the product offering with innovative solutions that meet current trends and market needs, as the company strives to maintain its leading position. These include self-adhesive labels printed on new eco materials and packaging with augmented reality technology.

The Panther PX3300 has replaced an older inkjet machine that had been in use at the Tomaszów plant for many years. In fact, Aniflex was one of the first companies in the industry to invest in UV inkjet printing for labels. The Xeikon press was chosen to modernise production and allow the company to increase print quality, among many other benefits.

Wojtaszek explained that when choosing a new press, it is extremely important to ensure that the high print quality can be repeated automatically without having to re-enter the job parameters each time, and that you have the ability to produce multiple SKUs very quickly. The Xeikon PX3300 meets both these requirements and more. The PantherCure inks allows Aniflex to deliver durable and abrasion-resistant labels with high gloss, and thanks to the ability to apply two layers of white ink, to produce attractive tactile and haptic effects inline.

‘The Xeikon PX3300 supports a wide variety of substrates: PP, PE, PET, self-adhesive paper, vinyl, metallised and clear-on-clear transparent materials, and is extremely useful in the production of labels for industrial, chemical and household use, as well as for cosmetics and healthcare, and alcohol, beer and other beverage labels,’ said Michał Kuczkowski, sales manager, labels and packaging, Xeikon. ‘There is no need to create printing plates for digital printing, which reduces costs and shortens lead times. By using a sensor, Xeikon presses can also print additional elements for personalisation, or markers in a specific place, or add digital print on pre-printed substrates.

‘By using the Xeikon X-800 software, the user can increase the automation of the label production process and the control of individual production stages, as well as create security measures to protect the end user, such as EAN barcodes, QR codes, DataMatrix or other track and trace solutions.’

The introduction of the PX3300 combined with the earlier experience of the Aniflex team in inkjet printing has allowed the printing company to reach the next level of production quality. Customers have also been very enthusiastic about the new opportunities that the investment will bring.

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