Drupa 2024: Xeikon unveils new inkjet press for label segment

Xeikon has announced details of the next evolution Panther inkjet technology as the leading press manufacturer prepares for the world premiere of the Xeikon PX3300HD, a new 1200-dpi digital press that will be launched at Drupa 2024.

03 May 2024 | By Rahul Kumar

The new 1200-dpi digital press will be launched at Drupa 2024

Developed for high-quality labels, the five-colour machine offers a 330-mm printing width and speeds up to 70-m/min, even when printing with high opacity white. 

In addition, Xeikon PX3300HD utilises a newly developed ink series, PX-Cure LED HD, to ensure perfect curing, while supporting sustainability targets for converters.

“As inkjet technology continues to mature, there’s a clear need to update Xeikon’s Panther portfolio with a higher resolution option to meet specific customer requests. Consequently, we’re now introducing a 1200-dpi engine to complement the existing 600-dpi product range,” Jeroen Van Bauwel, director of solution design, Xeikon, said. “The new Xeikon PX3300HD will extend the capabilities for printers by giving them the tools to reach excellent quality at even higher productivity levels in a TCO-friendly way.”

A small footprint machine, Xeikon PX3300HD excels at producing high durability, full-colour labels for diverse markets, covering up to 88% of Pantone colours within Delta E 2 (rising to 94% within Delta E 3). To meet the specific requirements of the higher resolution engine, Xeikon has developed new PX-Cure LED HD inks. The new inks match the sustainability benefits of the recently introduced PantherCure UV LED series for Xeikon 600-dpi inkjet presses, including significant savings in energy consumption, instant warmup for more agile operation, and 10 times longer lamp life compared to traditional UV arc lamps, resulting in lower waste. 

Combining superior image quality and resolution with remarkable productivity, the new press leverages Xerox W-Series industrial inkjet printheads with dedicated waveforms and screening software developed by Xeikon. Furthermore, PX3300HD is fully prepared for hybrid printing to increase productivity, with the option to add Xeikon’s modular inline LCUs (label converting units) and a large unwinder for longer uninterrupted production runs. 

Van Bauwel concluded, “This extension of Xeikon’s inkjet capabilities is an exciting development for customers. It offers them a cost-effective and highly competitive opportunity to scale their businesses, so they can supply profitable luxury market segments with exceptional productivity and quality. We are currently well underway with customer trials and will start sales at Drupa.”

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