by Danny Mertens
Eede, the Netherlands, September 28, 2015
“Heading to Labelexpo Europe and the formal launch of the Xeikon CX3,” says Wim Maes, Xeikon’s CEO, “we reached out to our pilot customers for an update on their experiences with the press and the difference it is making to their businesses. We were, quite honestly, overwhelmed by the impact this press is having and the positive reinforcement we are getting from our pilot sites. It’s worth sharing their feedback in their own words.”
In their own words …
The first installation worldwide was at Mercian Labels, a UK-based manufacturer of custom printed self-adhesive labels, cartons and security seals. The company invested in the Xeikon Cheetah technology to help it continue its double-digit growth path.
According to Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director: “We are delighted with the productivity, reliability and quality of the Xeikon CX3. Faster digital presses such as this one deal with a 'spikier' workload more effectively, which is helping us take even more market share despite stiff competition from an increasingly large installation base of high end EP digital label presses in the UK.”
Next up was UK-based CS Labels, a manufacturer ofdigital self-adhesive labels and packaging and one of the largest digital label printers in Europe using Xeikon technology. With speed increases of close to 60%, Xeikon Cheetah Technology had to enable CS Labels boost its capacity by a third.
“The performance of the Xeikon CX3 has totally exceeded our expectations in terms of quality, reliability and the range of materials it has been able to cope with. The combination of higher speed and lower toner costs has proved to be a game changer, enabling us to become more competitive against larger flexo runs,” commentedSimon Smith, CS Labels Managing Director.
Accu-Label was the first North American company to install the Xeikon CX3, complementing its existing digital and flexographic platform. Dedicated to surpassing the expectations of its customers, the company looked for more effective processes by asking, “What’s a better way to do this?”
Catie Manning, Creative & Marketing at Accu-Label, explains: “The Xeikon CX3 is a very well-made machine. We have been pleased at the speed and quality with which our labels can be produced and it provides amazing potential for new opportunities. Not only are we able to get jobs into the hands of our customers quickly, there also is a ‘wow’ factor when they see their work. That can’t be ignored.”
Telrol Group, one of Europe's largest producers of labels, was the fourth visionary label printing operation to invest in the Xeikon CX3. Working already with five Xeikon presses, Telrol added Xeikon’s Cheetah technology to address new market while staying ahead of fast-paced industry changes.
“The Xeikon CX3 proved to be the game changer we expected it to be. Change in the market is happening extremely quickly. It is not a matter of being the smartest or the strongest – it is who can respond most quickly and effectively to change. Our partnership with Xeikon and their Xeikon Cheetah technology help us to do just that,” says CEO Hoessein Hadaoui.
Action Packaging was the fifth and last site to receive a pilot press and the second in North America. The company selected Xeikon Cheetah technology to support its mission of providing high quality products within exceptionally fast turnaround times to its.
Douglas E. Rice, President and CEO, comments: “The Xeikon CX3 is doing exactly what Xeikon stated it would do. We have it running non-stop during one full shift with zero downtime. With our demanding business model, focused on rapid delivery of high quality product, we would be in trouble without the kind of capabilities offered by the Xeikon Cheetah Technology.”
“There is nothing as rewarding as bringing to market a breakthrough technology that is so heartily endorsed by its early adopters and which makes such a big difference in their businesses,” Maes concludes. “We are very excited to be bringing the Xeikon CX3 to Labelexpo Europe, where we will have the opportunity to introduce it to a whole new community of potential owners and talk about how it can help them achieve their business objectives.”
THE XEIKON CX3: FASTEST DIGITAL LABEL PRESS IN ITS CLASS – #XEIKONCHEETAH, #XEIKONCX3
Based on Xeikon Cheetah technology, the Xeikon CX3 digital label press has a top speed of 30 m/min (98 ft/min), 56% faster than any other model in the current Xeikon press portfolio. The 1200 x 3600 dpi digital press is dedicated solely to the production of self-adhesive/pressure sensitive labels. It offers all the renowned benefits that make the Xeikon 3000 Series unique, including the use of dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass. It also enables printing on a variety of heat-sensitive substrates due to incorporation of Xeikon’s ICE toner technology which requires a much lower fusing temperature than typical toner-based presses. Xeikon presses are based on dry toner electro-photography. This enables the use of conventional substrates that do not have to be pre-treated. Extremely high toner light-fastness and truly eco-friendly printing (no VOCs) are some of the other industry leading features of the Xeikon presses for digital label and package printing. The presses offer easy integration of third-party workflow software and converting/finishing solutions and incorporate professional color management capabilities. In addition to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station on the Xeikon CX3 can be used to print gamut expansion colors or security toner. Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm. For more information, visithttps://xeikon.com/en/products.