Xeikon is introducing gold and silver metallic toners for the Cheetah 2.0 Series to unlock value-add potential for manufacturers and a aggressive edge for printers and converters. This new digital foiling evolution relies on Xeikon’s innovation technique and its agency concentrate on growing high-quality, application-tuned options which can be additionally extra sustainable and cost-effective.
The new gold and silver are a part of Xeikon’s Creative Toner collection, which has been designed to reinforce packaging with particular colours. Launched a number of years in the past, the primary Creative Colors had been Palladium Silver and Matt Silver. Today, Xeikon is increasing this toner household with new Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver as digital options to flexo-printed gold or silver that measure 6–8 on the Flop Index (a measure of the reflectance of a metallic color).
Gold and silver foiling is utilized in many market sectors for embellishing labels to offer them a luxurious look and crowd pleasing shelf attraction. Wine & spirits in addition to well being & magnificence labels most usually require this particular embellishment step. Traditionally, the metallic look could be achieved by numerous strategies: both by printing on metallic substrates, by printing with costly metallic inks, or via a scorching/chilly foil stamping course of. However, all of those strategies incur excessive setup prices as a result of costly supplies and tooling. Foil stamping specifically can also be time-consuming and can generate a excessive quantity of waste within the course of. By including metallic colours digitally, these further setup prices and dear waste are fully faraway from the equation. In addition, new value-added label design choices, similar to personalization and versioning, change into doable, giving manufacturers and designers extra freedom.
The new metallic colours slot into the fifth color station on the Xeikon Cheetah press, that means the addition of metallics can happen throughout the principle printing step. This additionally eliminates any secondary processes, as dry toner expertise permits for hassle-free color swapping by merely changing the toner dosing unit and the developer unit. Furthermore, there isn’t any intensive cleansing course of required; a fast brush with a vacuum cleaner between jobs is ample to be up and operating once more shortly.
As digital printing expertise continues to evolve and the uptake by the label trade accelerates, ever extra processes of label manufacturing change into digital. More digitization on the ending and changing levels are altering your complete print manufacturing course of. Xeikon presently affords offline digital 2D, 3D, haptic varnishing and foiling on the Xeikon Fusion Embellishment Unit (FEU) and inline embellishment with full-color digital print as haptic white on the Xeikon Panther UV-IJ Series. Now, with the chance to make use of metallic toners straight on Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 presses, it turns into a lot simpler to provide much less advanced labels, whereas dramatically lowering the turnaround time and simplifying the manufacturing course of.
Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President, Marketing, explains, “The improvement of application-tuned toners empowers printers to create their very own digital resolution, to allow them to set up a differentiation from different print suppliers and obtain a aggressive edge. With Xeikon Metallic Gold and Silver, we proceed our dedication to innovation with modern expertise that gives new alternatives for the label printing trade.”
The new metallic toners might be commercially accessible from May 2022 for all Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 customers. Visitors to Xeikon Café Europe 2022, on April 26–28, can expertise stay demonstrations of this new expertise within the Global Innovation Center, the place label printers and converters will find out how the newest Xeikon options can convey extra worth to their enterprise. Visitors might also reserve particular person periods with Xeikon consultants prematurely to get in-depth perception and talk about their particular wants and alternatives.