Xeikon introduces unique curing technology

Maximum curing performance and long-term durability

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Xeikon has applied to patent its Panther DuraCure UV curing technology for use with Xeikon PantherCure UV inks. This unique curing technology takes the Xeikon Panther UV-inkjet series of digital presses to new levels of performance. The Panther DuraCure curing technology is a unique technique achieving optimal gloss effects in all colors, as well as ultimate durability for multiple applications across various sectors. Key benefits are consistent curing performance, long-term durability and the lowest possible energy consumption.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, director of Product Management at Xeikon says, “In response to industry demand, DuraCure is the next step forward in our strategy to provide a portfolio of complementary solutions. Good curing performance is an important factor when looking to invest in UV inkjet printing technology. The quality and durability of DuraCure expands the capabilities of this printing technology and makes it a very attractive opportunity. The new DuraCure technology can achieve optimal curing for a variety of applications; it combines with our PantherCure UV inks and substrates to achieve the highest quality results and provide added value business opportunities for our customers.”

How the curing process works

Working with the Panther UV-Inkjet series of digital presses, the Panther DuraCure curing process operates in a number of ways. UV ‘pinning’ of white keeps the ink from spreading and bleeding into the CMYK inks. This ensures that the quality of the CMYK image is kept at the highest level. UV ‘pinning’ after black following CMYK transfer means DuraCure ‘freezes’ all colors across the image and maintains a uniform optimal color brilliance and gloss. The use of LED curing, with its ability to go deep into the ink layers, combined with HG or mercury curing for lightly but effectively curing the surface of the UV ink offers the best of both worlds. The intelligent use of these existing technologies is what makes the difference. Combining them in an optimal way to use less energy has a positive impact on the lifetime of the curing lamps.

Van Bauwel adds, “The combination of all these curing steps results in the most durable, sustainable, and effective curing solution on the market today. This is why we have applied to patent our Panther DuraCure curing technology. Xeikon continues to work towards excellence to enhance every facet of its portfolio. With our very long history and substantial knowledge of the digital label printing market and our access to market-leading technologies as part of the Flint group, we can provide our customers with the very best products and services.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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