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Xeikon, UPM Raflatac increase availability of label substrates

Apr 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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Xeikon (Itasca, IL) has worked closely with UPM Raflatac, one of the world's leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials, to qualify an extensive range of label substrates on its Xeikon 3300 digital press. The qualified substrates represent some of the most commonly utilized conventional label stocks in narrow web label printing.

Qualified substrates from UPM Raflatac include paper stocks as well as synthetic films, such as clear and white Polypropylene (BOPP), and Polyester (PET) of varying thicknesses. The qualification process, conducted at Xeikon's North American technology center near Chicago, ensures that all the tested substrates will provide perfect print quality and stable printing behavior on the Xeikon 3300.

"We are very happy to announce the increased availability of UPM Raflatac label substrates to our current and prospective customers," says Michael V. Ring, president, Xeikon North America. "We're continuously developing our database of media script files and expanding the number of qualified substrates for our label technology. This will enable our users to take full advantage of the substrate flexibility of the Xeikon 3300."

"Xeikon understands that substrate flexibility is one of the critical components for the success of any label printing operation. We are extremely excited about partnering with Xeikon to help label converters grow their business," adds Patrick Goss, prime business director, UPM Raflatac. "The recently qualified UPM- Raflatac substrates will provide exceptional imaging quality to the users of the Xeikon 3300."

The Xeikon 3300 offers 1200 dpi at four bits per spot with a top speed of 63 fpm. It can handle substrates in weights ranging from 1.6 to 13.5 mil. The press includes five color stations: four for the standard process colors and the fifth station for spot colors as well as opaque white and special security toner.

Using QA-I toner, the Xeikon 3300 is FDA-approved for indirect and direct food contact (dry food items). It can print on scalable widths ranging from 7.9 to 13 inches. Offering a duty cycle of 2,300,000 feet per month, the Xeikon 3300 is designed to operate 24 hours a day. It features full rotary printing technology, enabling production at rated engine speeds, for maximum productivity. The positioning of the desired labels can be adjusted to meet finishing equipment requirements. Moreover, labels with variable formats and sizes can be printed in the same run, leading to increased productivity and reduced waste and costs.