Visitors to the Xeikon Café, taking place at Xeikon Headquarter in Lier, Belgium, were witness to a first look at Xeikons’ first UV inkjet press, the new Panther PX3000, designed for self-adhesive labels for specific applications such as health and beauty, household chemicals, industrial chemicals and industrial labels. Filip Weymans, marketing manager at Xeikon said, “The digital frontend, X-800, of the new press is what will separate it from the competition. It doesn’t matter if a faster press is available in the market because the Panther can beat it with the frontend capabilities if not with its own speed.”
At speeds up to 50 m/min at 600 dpi, the Panther PX3000 can print on a web width of 350 mm with maximum print width of 330 mm. The press uses Kyocera print-heads and its own PantherCure UV inks in CMYK and white. It is capable of printing on a wide range of substrates including PET, BoPP, PE, Vinyl as well as uncoated and coated papers. Panther will be displayed at LabelExpo Brussels in September 2017.
Also on display at the Café was the new nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processing System for flexographic printing plates. The LabelExpo Xpress Thermal Processing System is presently available in North America, and will be offered globally in the second half of 2017.
The first day of the Café kicked off with a business conference by keynote speaker Rafi Albo. He detailed how CocaCola’s versioning campaign made an impact by printing names on the bottle. Rafi said the next level is ‘apprinting’— using Internet and Facebook to create a message.
A technical conference on food safety was also held on day one where Rob Veraart, scientist at Keller and Heckman, gave an overview of migration testing and limits while also underpinning the importance of maintaining required documents of compliance (DOC).