Xeikon announces postprint digital corrugated solution

IDERA is a completely new platform from Xeikon for corrugated digital printing.

In an online media conference, Xeikon and Flint Group announced the launch of IDERA, a new digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters.

With the new platform introduction, Xeikon enters into the corrugated space and balances out its graphic arts and label business portfolio.

IDERA consists of a post-print, single-pass printing press. This press uses certified food-safe water-based inks on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 1.6 m wide x 2.8 m long at up to 150 linear m/min. The solution is targeted for a corrugated box market with decreasing lot sizes, shorter lead times, and ever-increasing demand for high quality packaging.

“Migrating from corrugated post-print to digital corrugated printing is the optimal way for forward-thinking businesses to set themselves up for future success. Xeikon’s IDERA solution provides the winning combination of a best-in-class, single-pass digital press for the corrugated sector, food-safety patented ink technology, and an open architecture system for third-party integration,” said Sebastien Stabel, Market Segment Manager Carton Packaging.

According to Xeikon, IDERA will deliver a higher print quality than flexography and enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste. With a much smaller and more environment-friendly footprint, IDERA also has the ability to customize and version.

Key benefits of Xeikon’s IDERA platform for corrugated packaging printers and converters include:

  • High throughput with a post-print, single-pass printing press. Ready to print on uncoated and coated boards

  • Xeikon developed food safety compliant water-based inkjet inks to drive print performance and cost

  • An open ecosystem that works together with various best-in-class partners – peripheral equipment, workflow, camera inspection, and more – to get to the best integrated solution

  • A true digital transformation capability supported by Xeikon’s X-800 workflow for corrugated packaging

  • Colour management and profiling tools as well as integration with third-party manufacturing and MIS software

“With more than 30 years of innovation and experience in digital printing, we are still leading the way. Xeikon is recognized as an advisor in many key markets, such as graphic arts and labels, and now in the corrugated market,” said Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President of Marketing. “Xeikon is a true technology-agnostic advisor in the digital transformation that print manufacturing processes are undergoing. We are excited to be bringing Xeikon and Flint Group knowledge and expertise to the corrugated market with IDERA and our broad range of consulting and advisory services.”

From September onwards, the IDERA solution will be available at the Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium for customer evaluation and testing.

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