Xeikon has announced an entry-level label printing and converting system, offered at what the company says is a price point that brings the lucrative label market squarely within reach for label converters of all sizes. The Label Discovery solution consists of a Xeikon 3030, an entry-level web-fed digital label press, and the new entryDcoat, a digital converting line that can be used inline or offline with the Xeikon 3030.
"Although digital label printing has become a fast-growing mainstream business, some companies are still reluctant to invest in the technology--either due to the cost or lack of a truly professional-quality entry-level solution," says David Wilkins, Xeikon's vice president of sales for the North American market. "The lower cost of the Xeikon Label Discovery solution enables these companies to embrace digital technology and capture a business potential that previously required a steep investment--the crucial business of producing short-run labels.
"The Label Discovery solution is a turnkey label production system that provides everything needed to offer an expanded range of services to their customers and to experience the benefits digital production can bring to their businesses. In addition to enabling an affordable entry into this lucrative market, the Label Discovery solution is a platform that can be field upgraded in terms of productivity as the business grows, ensuring long-term viability of the investment."
The Xeikon 3030 digital label press is a dry toner solution ideal for producing labels for a broad range of applications using standard flexo materials. This avoids the need to use specially-treated substrates and eliminates the associated warehousing costs. Its 5-color printing features CMYK and white or even a special spot or gamut-extending color. Changing toner colors on the system is relatively easy, a clear benefit of dry toner compared to other printing technologies. In addition, dry toner is recognized as an excellent technology for food labels in terms of food safety due to its non-toxic nature. Xeikon dry toner has also received FDA certification for both indirect and direct food contact with dry food, which is a rarity in the digital landscape.
The entryDCoat is a compact converting unit that consists of a varnish, diecut and rewind station. To limit startup and tooling costs, the diecut unit uses semi-rotary die-cutting technology. This ensures low-cost converting without the loss of productivity while still delivering the well-known quality of conventional diecutting. With semi-rotary diecutting, costs can be reduced by as much as 50% with no need to acquire special tools and no setup time as required with conventional diecutting.
"We enjoyed featuring the Label Discovery solution at a busy and exciting Labelexpo Americas," comments Filip Weymans, Xeikon's vice president of marketing. "We also demonstrated the Xeikon PX3000 UV Inkjet label press, as well as the toner-based Xeikon 3500 and Xeikon CX3 presses, offering attendees the ability to evaluate multiple technologies to determine what best meets their label needs."
UPM RAFLATAC ACQUIRES CONVERTERS EXPRESS
* UPM Raflatac, a global supplier of self-adhesive label materials, has completed its acquisition of the assets of Seattle, WA, USA-based Converters Express, Inc.
By opening a terminal in the Seattle area, UPM Raflatac will continue to deliver on its promise to provide customers world-class service with a local touch. This acquisition allows UPM Raflatac to expand its customer reach and improve its service capabilities to the Northwestern US label market by offering label converters in the area an expanded range of sustainable paper, film and special products --particularly in the wine and craft beverage segments.
"We are pleased to continue the expansion of our presence and service in North America by acquiring the assets of Converters Express," says Linnea Keen, vice president, sales, North America, UPM Raflatac. "We are now better equipped than ever before to serve the label converters in this region by providing the market next day service on a wide range of high-quality labelstock products."
"I am happy the next chapter for Coverters Express involves integrating with the exceptional infrastructure and resources from UPM Raflatac," says Lynda Tarvin, owner, Converters Express, Inc. "Their knowledge and exceptional portfolio of products will certainly provide more solutions and services along with quick turnaround to our Pacific Northwest label converters."
PRATI LAUNCHES NEW OPERATIONS IN THE US
* Italy-based converting equipment manufacturer Prati has announced the start of the company's operations in the USA, opening a sales and service office in Dallas, TX, USA. Prati USA LLC will be managed by Frank Hasselberg, whose experience in the market spans nearly 20 years.
Prati celebrated the official launch of Prati USA, along with its customers, at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont, IL, just outside Chicago, from September 25-27, 2018.
Prati USA serves the domestic market in the USA and Canada, providing local support to label printers. In addition to sales activities, the company will provide its own technical assistance network to allow for fast trouble-shooting and to provide qualified service. Training sessions will be organized and onsite guidance offered for operators, which will help Prati's customers learn the best job processing methods directly from local experts.
"Our commitment to the North American market has never been stronger," says Chiara Prati. "I am confident that once our technologies spread deeper into the sector through our Dallas-based operations, new and existing customers will enjoy the benefits and, above all, begin to witness enhanced profitability for their businesses."
Hasselberg adds,"This is a tremendous opportunity for Prati to expand its activities in the USA and Canada, and I am thrilled to be at the helm of the new company. We look forward to kicking off this adventure during Labelexpo Chicago and sharing this exciting moment with all our partners and customers from the region."
LIBERTY MARKING INSTALLS FIRST COLORDYNE 2800 SERIES MINI LASER PRO
* Liberty Marking Systems, an Ohio-based pressure sensitive label and tag manufacturer, has installed the first 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro, Colordyne's newest inline printing and finishing system. This is the first production level digital press acquisition for the Cincinnati-based company, expanding the applications that can be produced in-house while meeting shorter turnaround times.
Liberty Marking has served its customers for 30 years with 2- and 4-color flexo press production. The company's book of business was built on pressure sensitive labels for industrial markets such as automotive and electronic components. With the addition of an 8-color flexo press, Liberty Marking expanded into the prime and retail label markets. Prior to installing the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro, the company used a digital benchtop printer for demo purposes and turned to outsourcing short-run jobs requiring digital print capabilities.
"Our customer service, industry experience and fast turnarounds are why we have the customers we do today," says Brian Beam, president of Liberty Marking. "While other print providers typically have three- to five-week turnaround times, we aim to get labels in our customers' hands in three to five days. Our outside digital print partners are fast, but having digital capabilities in-house is a game changer for us. We are able to better serve our customers with smaller order quantities or very short turnaround times."
The 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro is a complete full color label press with inline digital inkjet printing, laminating and laser diecutting capabilities. The digital print module uses water-based ink to produce high-quality images and text with print resolution up to 1600x1600 dpi. The system offers print speeds up to 60 fpm and typically runs between 20 feet and 40 fpm when laser diecutting. The 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro has a compact footprint and low noise volume, making it suitable for smaller spaces or an office environment.
"We knew we needed to purchase a digital press to stay up with the demands of the world today," says Beam. "We chose to go with the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro because of the price point, Colordyne's success with other digital platforms and the inline laser diecutting capabilities. It was the right time for us to bring digital printing in-house, and this solution was the right fit at the right price for our business."
With the addition of digital capabilities, Liberty Marking is looking to further expand into the food and retail prime label markets. Previously, it could not affordably meet the large number of color and plate requirements necessary for many of these labels. With digital print capabilities, Liberty Marking can print lull color labels in a fraction of the time with no additional plate costs. The company is also able to more affordably provide high-quality prototypes to customers who are choosing between sizes and variations prior to printing on a flexo press.
"We were most surprised by the quality and ease of use of the system," says Beam. "We've received jobs run on other digital equipment and the quality of the 2800 Series Mini Laser Pro is better. We didn't expect that and have truly been blown away."
FLEXIBLE PACK ADDS HP INDIGO 6800 DIGITAL PRESS
* Flexible Pack, a manufacturer specializing in a wide range of flexible packaging products, has announced the addition of an HP Indigo WS6800 digital press. The HP Indigo 6800 allows for roll-to-roll technology that produces narrow web format labels and packaging. The 9,000-pound industrial press operates at 98 fpm for 4-color jobs (65 fpm for 6-color) and supports diverse applications and media. Its featured capabilities, including high resolution printing and a wide spectrum of color profiles, is ideally suited...