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Is digital printing right for me? See The Proof

Labels Is digital printing right for me? See The Proof


by Danny Mertens

How does digital printing stack up against traditional flexographic printing? We could tell you how our digital presses deliver true 1200 dpi resolution which makes it literally impossible to discern any quality differences. Or how our dedicated dry toner score exceptionally well in terms of lightfastness so labels will shine on the shelf for months. But you want to see for yourself, don’t you? That’s why we have created, where you simply upload your print job and we deliver a fully digitally produced sample on five different substrates plus a profound cost analysis. All for free.

Digital versus flexographic printing

Maybe you have read about the unmatched digital printing quality in this blog article. Or maybe you have heard a colleague talk about digital label presses. Before See The Proof was created, printers had to take our word when we told them about the exceptional quality of our digital presses. Now, we can show them.

Customer feedback

Upload a print job and get a fully digitally produced sample on five different substrate.

How does it work? It’s easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Go to

  2. Upload your designs or order our standard samples.

  3. We’ll send you a stunning free sample or your own print job, produced with Xeikon 3000 Series (Labels, Packaging , Wallpaper) or Xeikon 8000 Series.

We print all See The Proof uploads at the end of the month. Expect your labels to arrive by the second week of the month following your order. The prints give you a first impression of the quality that can be achieved. Any difference with your originals, or with the prints you are used to, are accounted for in the reports you received along with the samples.

The business analysis sheet

As a print converter you want cost transparency. And that is exactly what See The Proof delivers. Not only can you see your label, we also provide a business analysis sheet telling you exactly what the print job costs printed on our machines. This is what you get:

  • A graph illustrates the productivity of the six different Xeikon label presses when printing this particular label.

  • The cost of consumables per 1,000 labels is calculated for all those  presses

So the job analysis sheet answers three very important questions:

  1. How much will it cost me to print this on a Xeikon machine?

  2. How long will it take to print my labels on the different Xeikon presses?

  3. What kind of capacity does each press have to offer you for your jobs?

Fully automated web-to-print workflow

Apart from letting converters experience digital quality firsthand, See The Proof offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate what a fully automated web-to-print workflow might look like and how it could work for your business.

At the core is the X-800, Xeikon’s digital front end. The print job is automatically prepared for printing on three different substrates. Xeikon ColorControl, the cloud based color management solution, generates the profiles, which the X-800 then uses to convert the PDF to the color gamut of the digital press.

As mentioned before, See The Proof prints your label on three different substrates. These are representative materials available from our partners that will give you a flavor of what is possible.

  1. 2.0 mil PP CHROME TC / RP37 / 1.2 mil PET (metalized BoPP)

  2. FASSON PE85 TOP White / S692N / BG40 white (PE 85 Clear)

  3. Tintoretto Gesso / SH6020 / CB80+ (paper)

All jobs are printed with Xeikon’s ICE toner CMYK or CMYK white when relevant.

Would you like to see with your own eyes what your labels might look like when printed digitally on a Xeikon machine? Go to now and upload your design!