Xeikon’s Durable Clear Toner and Vectorizor, (patent pending) an automatic die-cut generator that defines a new standard in communication with laser die-cutting devices, have impressed visitors at Labelexpo Americas. Vectorizor’s unique functionalities create new opportunities to further automate label production and increase productivity.
This was illustrated with the Web2LabelProduction solution showed at the Xeikon booth, which was designed to produce a great variety of short run labels economically. The final result is an automated, web-enabled solution that produces finished labels, without any human intervention. Another Xeikon innovation that was applauded by the attendees was the Durable Clear Toner. It acts as a digital spot varnish for folding cartons and enables inline production of short run folding carton planes that are ready to be folded and glued. Durable Clear Toner is printed and fused just like any other colour in the Xeikon 3000 Series of digital label presses. An extra curing step outside of the press transforms this clear layer of toner into a protective layer of varnish.
The varnish can be printed digitally, leaving the flexibility to keep certain areas on the package open for glue strips and code markings to be applied later. While other digital printing systems have to rely on a separate and cumbersome traditional spot varnish step, the Durable Clear Toner can significantly simplify the production process of folding carton planes.
This innovation makes it possible to truly exploit the benefits of digital printing for producing short run folding cartons. Xeikon is continuously leveraging its intimate knowledge of its customers’ opportunities and challenges to develop novel products. These products are tailored towards specific needs of the market. Both of the new innovations were developed based on Xeikon’s customer needs and requirements. Michael V. Ring, President of Xeikon America, Inc, said,
This year’s Labelexpo Americas gave us the perfect platform to further reinforce our leadership in the labels and packaging markets. In addition to the Xeikon 3000 Series of digital label presses, which were prominently displayed at our booth as well as the Package Printing Zone, the show also marked the first North American demonstration of our ThermoFlexX platemaking solution for the Flexo & Letterpresses markets. During the show, we met many new converters and sold more than we anticipated in both the North and South American markets. All in all, we had a very successful event and are eagerly looking forward to next year’s Labelexpo in Brussels.