Xeikon announces for 2.0 series of Panther UV inkjet technology

Xeikon PX2200 and Xeikon PX3300 UV inkjet presses take label portfolio to the next level

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Xeikon PX3300 UV inkjet press being launched for higher capacity
Xeikon PX3300 UV inkjet press being launched for higher capacity

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. As the company’s wide portfolio evolves in line with technological advances, the new presses, which are replacing the existing Xeikon PX3000 and Xeikon PX2000, feature advancement in two areas – applications and building blocks, to digitize print manufacturing. 

Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing, states, “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 digitizing all print manufacturing processes and not just printing. The foundation for a digitalized environment lies in digitally collecting data. 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. Our UV inkjet presses’ cloud-connectivity, machine-machine, and man-machine interfaces will enable label printers to take operational excellence to the highest levels. They offer great potential to maximize OEE, increase sustainability and make an operation robust for any future challenge.” 

Xeikon’s Panther UV inkjet presses offer superior and consistent print quality

The new Panther 2.0 series also offers new opportunities for label printers to expand their applications portfolio. Xeikon’s new robust substrate handles technology features a new splice table, web detection capability, and cooled roller at the curing section. This makes it possible to print high-quality labels in a broader choice of substrates, including clear-on-clear face stock, 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 metalized. 

The Xeikon PX2200 and PX3300 presses leverage the advantages of dedicated PantherCure UV inks, which meet the demands from brand owners for high-gloss, durable labels with high scuff resistance. The Panther DuraCure UV technology produces high-gloss effects. It stands out across the widest color gamut while delivering exceptional 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. 

Driven by the powerful Xeikon X-800 digital front end (DFE), the new Panther UV inkjet presses offer superior and consistent print quality in combination with industry-leading productivity. The cloud connectivity is achieved through the X-800, providing access to both machine and job data, such as ink consumption and printing time.

The latest generation of Xeikon’s X800 enables unique applications on the Panther series, such as haptic printing. This tactile layer of white delivers the sought-after embellishing effect inline with full-color printing for designing labels with enhanced tactility and luxury feel. Also, for variabilization, starting from black and white and going to color numbering and the most complex full-color variable data application through Xeikon’s new Vari-One option. 

Xeikon PX30000 UV inkjet press
Xeikon PX30000 UV inkjet press

With the addition of 2 new presses, the Panther 2.0 series now comprise seven different UV inkjet presses. This includes the Xeikon PX30000, available with 6 (CMYKOV) or 8 (CMYKOV+WW) print stations. The Xeikon PX2200 will now accompany it, 220 millimeters wide, available with 4 or 5 print stations, and the Xeikon PX3300, 330mm, is available in 4 and 5 print stations HC-high capacity. 

With high-performance levels and low-energy consumption, Xeikon’s Panther series of presses are now equipped with cloud connection and next-generation HMI. This helps operators monitor the workflow to maximize productivity by avoiding downtime and bottlenecks and making changes on the fly while maintaining full-color control. It gives label printers complete quality assurance on every job. Xeikon’s new interfaces also allow presses to communicate with other equipment, such as Xeikon’s finishing and embellishments units.

Weymans concludes, “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. 

By being part of Xeikon’s broader label portfolio (press, consumables, workflow, converting, embellishing, services), converters can, over time, expand their investment in width and color or expand their workflow capabilities with ERP or MIS systems. With over 30 years of experience in digital innovation, Xeikon has a deeper understanding that enables them to offer not only the latest innovations and technologies but also a full suite of support 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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