Canon has taken the wraps off a new label conversion machine, the Océ LabelStream 4000 series, at Labelexpo.
The solution is an industrial scale UV inkjet conversion platform for self adhesive labels and selected flexible packaging applications.
It comes in two print widths – 330mm and 410mm, and is based on inkjet DNA and aims to adapt to changing market dynamics by delivering on time, cost and value.
Canon product line manager Roland Stasiczek said digital printing for labels and packaging is the answer to fundamental trends in the packaging value chain, such as decreased run lengths, waste and cost reduction, and reduced turnaround times.
“As a result, the new Océ LabelStream 4000 series delivers on time and is combined with the ability to individually change contents and artwork, whilst enabling the shortest possible time to market,” he said.
“Rapid job changeover, customised content and inline finishing and embellishment will give customers a boost while meeting the most demanding supply chain challenges. The Océ LabelStream 4000 helps change challenges into opportunities.”
Some of its key features include: the latest Xaar 2001 UV inkjet printheads with up to 720 x 1080 dpi for vibrant colour, print speeds of 40m/min to 75m/min, a wide range of standard label stocks, seamless integration and automation, strong digital white and a wide colour gamut, and workflow integration with Océ LabelStream.
The solution also goes from being a standalone digital press to a full hybrid configuration – a custom mix of digital, flexo and finishing, all integrated into a machine.
“It can be used as a digital roll-to-roll or as a hybrid machine. When it comes to hybrid, the most important thing is that you want to keep the benefits of digital without sacrificing it through any makeover changes, etc.” he said.
“That’s why we have a tightly integrated system so that you have a very fast changeover, which helps to increase overall productivity.”
The Océ LabelStream 4000 series commercially available in Europe, with global rollout to follow shortly.