Xeikon introduces label press for lights-out operation

Xeikon has introduced Xeikon LX3000, a new high-productivity and highly automated dry toner press aimed specifically at volume label printing with the highest quality. Affectionately known as The Lion, it has been presented for the first time at the Labelexpo Europe 2023.

Built for a web width of 330mm, the Xeikon Lion LX3000 is a 5-colour dry toner press developed as the answer to customer demands for higher productivity and more cost-effective solutions for mass production of high-quality digital labels. 

Visitors to the trade show can experience first-hand its cutting-edge 42 metres per minute operation. This represents a 40 per cent speed increase from Xeikon’s current 30 metres per minute capability. 

Its automated, precise quality control ensures that the final product meets the highest standards without manual intervention.

The Xeikon LX3000 features Xeikon’s innovative Cruise Control System, which utilises advanced vision technology and artificial intelligence to continuously monitor and automatically adjust print production settings. 

Cruise Control checks, adjusts, and reports on five key settings to ensure precise colour registration, print station densities, and consistency with the set colour reference. as production quality is depending on external and internal factors. 

If the quality does not meet customer expectations, an automatic notification is generated and printed alongside the print. This physical marking can drive next actions in the following steps of the manufacturing processes.  

Additionally, it provides quantitative data for monitoring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), helping printers to optimise their production workflows even further. 

Xeikon senior product manager Frank Jacobs said, “The new Cruise Control System significantly enhances press efficiency and productivity, reducing waste and allowing operators to focus on higher-level tasks. 

“Brand owners have grown accustomed to the advantages of digital printing, including unmatched flexibility, great quality, and rapid delivery. 

Now, with the reliability of Xeikon’s toner technology, which comes with highly accurate variable repeat length, coupled with the Lion’s powerful performance and Cruise Control for 100 per cent perfect output, label printers can produce higher volumes of high-quality work much more cost-effectively.”

As an evolution of Xeikon’s market-leading toner technology, the Lion LX3000 can print on a broad range of self-adhesive substrates without priming and does so using the most food-safe toners in the market today. The print quality also matches Xeikon’s established high-quality standards, boasting a resolution of 1200 dpi.

The Lion is configured with Xeikon’s new Eco toners, which have been formulated with more than 60 per cent high-grade recycled PET for maximum sustainability. Free from fluorine, Bisphenol A (BPA), TPO and mineral oils, as well as being 100 per cent vegan, Eco toners comply with restrictions around food safety and remain the most foodsafe digital technology, addressing consumers’ concerns about their health and animal welfare. 

Jacobs added, “Xeikon continues to respond to the specific requirements of our customers, and we increasingly receive larger numbers of requests for more competitive solutions. 

“The Xeikon LX3000 is the result of listening to that valuable feedback, especially from those of our customers who handle higher volumes. Having discussed the new press with some of them in more detail over the past few months, it is clear that this launch is a significant step in the right direction

“We’re very excited about the impact the Lion will have on the market and the value it will bring to our customers.”

Xeikon vice president of marketing Filip Weymans concluded, “It is fantastic to finally return to Labelexpo in Brussels, particularly because Xeikon comes to the show with so many amazing new solutions, including the groundbreaking Xeikon LX3000. 

“The introduction of this advanced label press represents an important milestone in our commitment to creating application-tuned solutions that provide our customers with a competitive edge. Xeikon’s mission is to continue on this path and make digital the first choice for all label printers.”

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