Xeikon to launch a host of new products at drupa

Xeikon's new Flatbed Die-cut Unit
Xeikon’s new Flatbed Die-cut Unit

Xeikon will unveil new products at the upcoming drupa show, Messe Düsseldorf, May 31 to June 10 in Hall 8a, stand B20. Firstly, its newly developed Flatbed die-cut unit, the Xeikon FDU.

Developed to aid efficient end-to-end printing and converting for folding carton printers, the Flatbed Die-cut Unit is ideal for nearline finishing of digital work but can also accommodate offset litho runs.

Jeroen Van Bauwel, Xeikon product management director, said: “The Xeikon FDU completes our Folding Carton Suite. It was designed specifically for Xeikon technology, although it can also be used for materials printed using conventional printing methods. The Xeikon FDU enables converters to rapidly finish quick turnaround jobs in a cost effective way.

“There was a real gap in the market for an easy, affordable and fast-set-up solution to handle the growing volume of short run, fast turnaround jobs. A key benefit of the used technology is its ability to support smaller dies and counter plates for a more cost effective production. The fact that no nicks are needed between cartons is a valuable proposition for pharma and cosmetic boxes. It is also capable of embossing, which allows printers to offer value added services, including Braille.”

This 2,000-sheet-per-hour flatbed system handles sheet sizes from 400 x 400mm up to 530 x 1,000mm and a maximum die cut size of 490 x 700mm. Substrate thickness can range from 160 to 890 micron for paper and carton board and also microflute corrugated board can be finished, making it ideal for completing offset as well as digital runs.

Also, Xeikon will launch Trillium One, which harnesses the company’s liquid toner printing process, which was first presented at drupa 2012. A joint development project between Xeikon and Miyakoshi, it combines the expertise of two leading players in their fields.

Wim Maes, president of Xeikon, the digital printing solutions division of Flint Group, commented: “We’re proud to have collaborated with an experienced partner like Miyakoshi. This has allowed both parties to focus on their respective strengths.”

At drupa, Trillium One’s production flexibility will be showcased five times daily using a range of applications during 30-minute demonstrations. Those wishing to take a closer look inside the press will enjoy a virtual reality tour highlighting the numerous press innovations.

“Trillium One takes us to a new technological level in terms of speed and cost for variable digital print,” continued Maes. “It is a huge milestone in the Xeikon history. It is the culmination of our three pillars of operation. In imaging, we are continuously improving speed combined with print quality. In toners, we have been working on our own developments to increase our portfolio to meet customer demands. In workflow, we have our own proven DFE, the X-800.”

It incorporates Xeikon’s own-developed Tonnik, a liquid toner combining all the advantages of dry toner in a liquid format including: environmentally friendly as being de-inkable and economical. Its development ensures Xeikon users can meet ever-rising quality and productivity standards.

An additional benefit is Trillium’s Microgapping process; the initial five micron development gap means that toner particles easily transfer from one roller to the other with extreme precision and at a very high speed as the substrate progresses through the imaging process. This improves register and image quality and creates increased density stability.