Xeikon launches gold and silver metallics
Xeikon has introduced gold and silver metallic toners for its Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 Series, in line with the company’s strategy to focus on the label industry, and develop application-tuned solutions.
A few years ago, Xeikon launched its Creative Toner series, a portfolio designed to enhance packaging with specific colours. Palladium Silver and Matt Silver were the first creative colours to be introduced, now Xeikon is expanding this family with Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver, to provide a digital alternative to flexo printed gold or silver measuring 6-8 on the Flop Index, an index that measures the reflectance of a metallic colour.
These metallic colours fit in the fifth colour station of the Xeikon Cheetah press. Xeikon says dry toner technology allows for hassle-free colour swapping, by just replacing the toner dosing unit and the developer unit. There is no extensive cleaning process required, as the toner is dry, and it says a quick brushing with a vacuum cleaner is sufficient to be up and running between jobs.
Xeikon metallic toners will be available as of May for all Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 users. At the Xeikon Café Europe running this week, visitors can see live demonstrations at the Global Innovation Centre.
The production of labels for wine, health and cosmetics typically requires specific embellishing steps, which has been traditionally achieved by either printing on a metallic substrate, using metallic inks or using a cold or hot foiling process. However, Xeikon contends these traditional techniques involve high setup costs due to expensive materials and tools and to the high amount of waste generated to reach the expected quality. It says adding the metallic colour digitally eliminates these costs, avoids secondary processes and unlocks new value-added label design options such as personalisation.
As digitalisation evolves and is increasingly adopted by the printing industry, digital technology becomes more integrated into all processes, including the converting and embellishing print manufacturing processes. Xeikon currently offers offline digital embellishing for 2D, 3D, haptic varnishing and foiling on its Xeikon Fusion Embellishment Unit (FEU). Inline embellishing with full-colour digital print is available as haptic white on the Xeikon Panther UV-IJ Series. It says the use of metallic toners on Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 presses make it much easier to produce labels that are less complex, while dramatically reducing turnaround times and simplifying the overall production process.
Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s vice president Marketing, said, “The development of application-tuned toners empowers printers to create their own digital solution, allowing them to stand out from other print providers and remain competitive. With the Xeikon Metallic Gold and Silver toners, we continue our commitment to innovate in leading-edge technology and provide new opportunities for the label printing industry.”