Xeikon brings next-generation VariLane to Labelexpo Europe

Hall 9 Stand B/C50

Xeikon, an innovator in digital colour printing technology, has announced a new version of VariLane, its imposition software plug-in for the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end (DFE). The company will be demonstrating this at Labelexpo Europe 2015, in Brussels, September 29 to October 2.

VariLane 4.0 is now fully integrated within the X-800 4.0 workflow and is specifically designed to allow label printers greater flexibility in the production of labels, providing increased profit opportunities. With this development, Xeikon has added a significant enhancement to the ability for label printers to optimise productivity and profitability by printing labels of different sizes and run lengths on the same web in discreet lanes. In addition, VariLane 4.0 is a key enabler in meeting the needs of brand owners for short run lengths and just-in-time delivery.

The VariLane plug-in was launched four years ago as a standalone tool and now integrated into the X-800 workflow, and imposition – arranging the labels on the roll in order to serve the proper application of the labels in later production processes – is a fundamental step in prepress.

Typically, labels are arranged in lanes across the web roll, and because labels had to be of equal size, the print lanes were also of equal size. This imposed limitations on both productivity and efficient use of substrates. VariLane gives prepress operators the freedom to combine labels in print lanes of variable sizes, which improves throughput and reduces waste.

In fact, label printers working with VariLane have been able to substantially increase their productivity and reduce material wastage, with resultant cost savings of up to 30 per cent. This capability is made possible by the full rotary technology of Xeikon digital presses, combined with their variable repeat length.

With VariLane 4.0 and its full integration with the X-800 DFE makes last-minute corrections to artwork easy to achieve, and Xeikon’s metadata tool can be employed to add barcodes or sequential numbering to labels as required.

VariLane 4.0 is a plug-in for the recently launched Xeikon X-800 4.0 digital front-end, which will be commercially available at the end of June.