Xeikon 3500 in 'world first' In-Mold production
Dutch printer aL Printing uses Xeikon 3500 to produce In-Mold labels
"The enormous flexibility offered by the Xeikon 3500, which we use to print self-adhesive and In-Mold labels, has opened up a host of opportunities for our customers," says commercial director Bart Lavrijsen. "Typically these are brand owners in the retail, food and beverage industries, as well as the oil derivative sectors. "
"The Xeikon 3500 is the most productive digital label press in its class and provides us with a wide range of benefits. The full rotary process means that there are no limitations to label length and the printing width of up to 508 mm increases productivity even further, with virtually no waste. The lightfast stability of Xeikon toners is important, particularly when producing In-Mold label jobs which can sit on the supermarket shelf for some time, and the toners are also FDA approved for use with foodstuffs. For a long time, our customers have been asking for the ability to produce short runs economically and with the option for personalization. With the Xeikon 3500 we have the perfect solution."
aL Printing was founded in 1938 and today has customers throughout Europe, although its main markets are Benelux and Germany. The company will be exhibiting at Interpack (stand 9-H24) in Dusseldorf, 8th - 14th May, where visitors can hear about its groundbreaking work in the area of In-Mold labels.
Filip Weymans is director for marketing and business development, labels and packaging at Xeikon. "An enormous amount of R&D effort went into creating the Xeikon In-Mold Label Suite and we are now receiving a significant level of interest in the ability of our 3000 series to print In-Mold labels. The low preparation costs, high print quality and extensive color range, combined with the ability to quickly produce very short runs, are proving extremely attractive to label printers of all sizes."
"Retailers and manufacturers increasingly want to test new designs, but they need to do this cost effectively. What aL Printing has proved is that this can be achieved with Xeikon technology, using standard molds and materials. The Xeikon 3500 can then be used for the production of the final job. With the option to vary data companies can incorporate localized information on their In-Mold products at acceptable costs - something that has not previously been possible. This is just one more example of how Xeikon is continuously pushing forward the frontiers of what can be done in the field of digital printing," says Mr Weymans.
Companies interested in this latest development will be able to learn more at the forthcoming Xeikon Café event, which will be held at Xeikon's production site in Lier, Belgium, from Tuesday 20th - Thursday 22nd May. Attendance at the Xeikon Café is free but companies must register online beforehand by visiting www.xeikoncafe.com
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Xeikon NV (XEI: AEX) is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces plate makers for newspaper offset printing applications. Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.
For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.
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