Xeikon offers a glimpse at the future of printing at drupa 2012

Quantum technology eliminates the compromise between quality, speed and cost

(PresseBox) ( Eede, The Netherlands, )
At drupa 2012, Xeikon will offer the world a sneak preview of the technology the company is currently developing to revolutionize the print industry. Branded "Quantum", the new technology combines the best of two worlds: electrophotography & inkjet. The revolutionary technology will enable printing at high speeds as well as lower costs, while maintaining the highest level of image quality and eco-sustainability. Moving forward, this will be the technology platform based on which Xeikon will develop all its future product lines for document printing. For printers, this translates into no longer having to compromise between image quality and productivity/cost.

Xeikon is acknowledged as an innovator in the printing industry. The company was the first to bring production digital color printing to market, the first to offer high resolution imaging (1200 dpi), the first to offer 50 cm (19.7 inch) web width (B2 format) and the first to offer the benefits of full rotary technology. Xeikon was also the first company to develop dedicated, application specific toners. With Quantum technology, Xeikon continues this innovation process - driven by the needs of its customers and a deep understanding of what they truly value.

No need to compromise between image quality, productivity, cost and sustainability

For the last few years, the conventional wisdom has been that printers choose electrophotographic (EP) presses for high quality and inkjet for high speed and lower costs. Xeikon's Quantum technology changes this thinking as it utilizes the best of both and closes the gap between speed/cost and quality. As it is toner based and waterless non-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) technology, it will also enable printing on untreated substrates. Moreover, it is fully compatible with the existing paper recycling technologies and has the potential to become fully sustainable from a toner composition perspective.

"Some people may ask why we chose this technology," comments Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon. "During the past couple of years, we studied the market and its evolution closely. Print quality is king at Xeikon. Our conclusion was that customers were making compromises on quality to achieve lower costs and higher volumes by using inkjet technology. With Quantum, we can deliver on all these objectives. It is a new printing technology capable of running at high speeds and producing high quality output at much lower costs. Recyclability of the printed material and the potential of making it fully sustainable are achievable with Quantum as well," adds Maes.

Xeikon owns full IP

Quantum technology is based on a technology that Xeikon acquired. Xeikon now owns the full intellectual property rights of this acquired technology. Before Xeikon acquired this technology, significant development time and capital had already been invested in it to make it ready for implementation in a printing press, however it took Xeikon to make it a reality.

Document printing to use Quantum technology

With more than 20 years of experience, and a vast knowledge in paper handling, electrophotography, material handling and toner development Xeikon is uniquely suited to bring this new technology to market.

Quantum technology will be integrated into a new product line targeting the document printing industry. Xeikon has a program ready for existing users to become the first to transition to this new technology, while protecting their initial investments in current Xeikon technology.

Come see us at drupa 2012

Customers visiting the Xeikon booth at drupa 2012 will have the opportunity to learn more about Quantum technology and the planned timelines for product releases. Drupa 2012 takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany from May 3 to 16, 2012. Xeikon will exhibit in Hall 8A, Booth B44.
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