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Xeikon launches two new Panther label presses

Equipped with version 2.0, Xeikon PX2200 and Xeikon PX3300 UV inkjet presses take label portfolio to the next level.

Xeikon has announced version 2.0 of its Panther UV inkjet technology with the launch of two new label presses: the Xeikon PX3300 and Xeikon PX2200.

The new presses are replacing the existing Xeikon PX3000 and Xeikon PX2000 and feature advancements in two new areas to digitalise print manufacturing: applications and building blocks.

“We are defining a pathway to full digitization of print production and manufacturing. Responsiveness has become key for any business and can only be achieved effectively by digitalizing all print manufacturing processes, and not just printing. The foundation for a digitalized environment lies with collecting data in a digital manner," said Filip Weymans, Vice President Marketing.

"The data volume, captured in real time, creates the information that is required by label converters to make fact-based decisions. Another aspect is the interfacing connections in production between machines and operators, helping to transfer job information between the different production processes or drawing the attention of operators when it is really required. The cloud-connectivity, machine-machine and man-machine interfaces of our UV inkjet presses will enable label printers to take operational excellence to the highest levels. They offer great potential to maximise OEE, increase sustainability and make an operation robust for any future challenge,” Weymans continued.

Xeikon’s new substrate technology features a new splice table, web detection capability and cooled roller at the curing section. A wider range of substrates can be used, including clear-on-clear facestock, which requires a high-quality opaque white to make the design stand out.

Both presses can be configured with a fifth print station for white ink and can print on a wide range of self-adhesive media in addition to clear-on-clear, including coated paper, vinyl, PP, PE, PET, and metallised.

The Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 presses leverage the advantages of dedicated PantherCure UV inks. The Panther DuraCure UV technology produces high-gloss effects and stands out across the widest colour gamut. It also delivers long-term durability for multiple applications such as industrial, chemical and household labels, as well as high-end labels for the premium beer, spirit, beverage and health & beauty market sectors.

The new Panther UV inkjet presses are driven by the latest generation of Xeikon X-800 digital front end (DFE), enabling unique applications on the Panther series, such as haptic printing. This tactile layer of white is able to deliver the embellishing effect inline with full colour printing for designing labels with enhanced tactility and luxury feel.

Variabilization is enabled, starting from black and white and going to colour numbering and to the most complex full colour variable data application through Xeikon’s new Vari-One option.

With the addition of two new presses, Xeikon now has seven different UV inkjet presses in the Panther 2.0 series.

“Xeikon’s UV inkjet presses can address any request from label converters. This can mean replacing an older UV flexo press to be more effective, being cost competitive within the high-end to medium-run label market, expanding the digital application space of existing liquid toner businesses, or providing entry-level investments that allow any printing company to embark into the digital label space," said Weymans.

The Xeikon PX2200 and Xeikon PX3300 is commercially available in Europe and North America first, before rolling out to Asia Pacific.

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