Xeikon Introduces New High-End Digital Label PressApril 8, 2020
Xeikon, with more than 30 years of innovation and experience in digital printing, today reported it is launching a new digital label press based on next-generation Cheetah 2.0 technology. As demand grows for mass customization, shorter lead times and more product diversification, the new Xeikon CX300 digital label press is an innovation solution that keeps both label converters and their brand owner customers at the forefront of a rapidly evolving industry.
“The Xeikon CX300 delivers exceptional application versatility, designed to achieve the highest possible OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and is even more productive than the very successful Xeikon CX3 first generation of Cheetah presses,” said Filip Weymans, Vice President of Marketing. “Today’s investments need to deliver results. Printing speed is an important factor, but combining that with a low OEE would not deliver the value printers and label converters are looking for. With Cheetah 2.0 technology, we have focused on combining high production speeds with a high OEE, ultimately resulting in maximum sellable output.”
Cheetah 2.0 technology: the details
Cheetah 2.0 technology is based on the proven, scalable Xeikon press architecture that includes five print stations and a full rotary process with a variable repeat length. Also featured:
● Dry toner printing process operating at 30m/min (98ft/min).
● Web width can vary between 220mm (8.6”) and 512mm (20.3”) wide using a LED imaging head operating at 1200×3600 dpi delivering offset/gravure image quality.
● The Cheetah developer station, which holds the Cheetah toner, ensures a higher color consistency across and along the web, ensuring a higher volume of sellable output with reduced waste.
New generation interfaces
● The Man-Machine interface has been designed in a way that the operator can assess the status of his press from a distance. The interface also communicates the specific actions the operator needs to perform.
● The Machine-Machine interface allows for the integration of pre and post equipment either inline or offline. Throughout this interface, relevant information about the jobs is transferred digitally to the appropriate individual module to eliminate human errors, as the information flows seamlessly through the manufacturing process, which again contributes to the overall OEE.
● Built-in technology reporting on performance, availability, etc., in real time, providing data that can be translated into information for fact-based decision making.
● In designing the Cheetah 2.0 platform, ergonomics for both service engineers and operators were a focus, plus it uses components that simply last long with the objective of reducing maintenance and repair times.
● Integrated quality management systems monitor and automatically adjust press operation. This includes the density and tone curve of the process color but also the density of identified brand colors and registration.