Sustainable UV inks for Xeikon’s Panther series
Xeikon’s Panther Technology, introduced in 2017, is based on UV inkjet and is the most cost-effective technology to address specific end-use markets, focused on labels across industries such as chemical, durable, cosmetic and premium beer labels. All these applications benefit from certain durability such as scratch, scuff, and rub resistance and a glossy tactile look and feel. UV inks tackle all these requirements.
16 Sep 2022 | By Rahul Kumar
Now, Xeikon has announced its PantherCure LED series, a new family of inks for use with Panther technology. The PantherCure LED inks come with new waveforms, software and optimised screening. These deliver a long list of benefits, including a wider application range.
The LED curing generates less heat exposed to the substrate. More heat-sensitive substrates can be used with a water-based cool-down process. It also offers a broader colour gamut enabled to address more brand colours. It also increases image quality by introducing a new screening, waveform and ink, delivering consistent UV curing throughout the time.
In terms of sustainable options, it eliminates the waste of mercury bulbs and improves the overall equipment efficiency. LED provides 10 times longer lifetime and reduces maintenance. LED ink curing requires less energy for the same speed thereby decreasing the overall energy consumption, having a direct impact on the total operating costs.
“Today, we already supply LED UV-inks to the Xeikon Jetrion base, therefore adding UV-LED inks was the next logical step for our Panther technology. Just last year we introduced a new generation of presses, the successors of the Xeikon PX2000 and Xeikon PX3000, thereby affirming our commitment to the label market and UV inkjet label business”, said Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s VP for worldwide marketing.
Weymans added, “Xeikon is known for having a determined sustainability program and the PantherCure UV LED series contributes to these goals.”
The new inks are available on newly manufactured Xeikon PX3300 and Xeikon PX2200 as of October 2022. Starting in 2023, current customers of prior models of the Panther press, Xeikon PX3000 and PX2000 will be eligible for field upgrades.
“The past couple of years have demonstrated that innovative companies with future-proof products are those that provide the best options to the customer for application choice and the highest OEE to safeguard their business goals,” said Filip Weymans. “Field upgradeability of existing equipment with new innovations protects customers’ investments. This is a perfect example of how Xeikon is market-agile and customer-focused.”