Digital Label Presses

Digital Label Presses
With digital labels becoming a new venture for printers, ProPrint looks at six of the latest offerings from major developers
CURRIE GROUP HP Indigo 8000 digital press
The HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press is designed to handle even the longest and most demanding jobs, HP says the press enables converters to reshape business and move toward full digital production. At a speed of up to 262 feet a minute, digital benefits meet mainstream productivity for the production of any job. Advanced colour automation and sophisticated colour matching tools make it fast and easy to hit brand colours with accuracy, consistency and repeatability from 
the first print to the last.
 
HP says the Indigo liquid ElectroInk technology is the only digital colour printing process that matches gravure printing, delivering high resolution printing and perfect registration. Converters can meet strict brand colour standards using up to seven ink stations and a colour gamut that reaches up to 97 per cent of Pantone colours. 
 
Brands such as Coca-Cola, Budweiser, P&G, and Oreo are deploying HP Indigo’s proven print quality and flexible technology to respond to market challenges and stay competitive. HP Indigo printing can address SKU proliferation and seasonal redesigns, optimise supply chains, and produce mass customisation for campaigns that boost sales. Variable data capabilities for brands include HP SmartStream Mosaic unlimited designs, barcodes, text, images and security features.
 
HP says you can produce a wide range of narrow-web applications with easy and quick changeovers, including pressure-sensitive labels and shrink sleeves. Print on substrates from 0.5 pt to 18 pt including off-the shelf substrates with in-line priming HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White delivers high opacity white in a one-pass process, opening new digital opportunities.
 
Benefit from the HP Indigo workflow ecosystem including the high-automation Workflow Suite powered by Esko, and integrated MIS, pre-press and converting solutions from partners including ABG and Schober.
 
HP PrintOS is a print production operating system with apps that help you get more out of your HP Indigo presses, and simplify and automate your production. Use PrintOS to continuously improve operations. Access the open and secure cloud-based PrintOS platform anytime, anywhere.
 
EFI Jetrion
The EFI Jetrion range enables you to efficiently go from a print file directly to a finished roll without interruption, while improving  efficiency, productivity and profitability with digital printing and finishing on demand in a single process pass. 
 
Printers are able to eliminate overproduction with the ability to produce jobs faster with digital UV inkjet. EFI says you are able to reduce unnecessary transportation by eliminating the need to move substrates rolls or finished labels in your facility and decrease inventory by producing the exact number of labels the job requires. Printers can cut costs by eliminating plates, dies, changeovers, make-ready labour and substrate waste, for both printing and finishing. 
 
The EFI Jetrion has continuous job queue for printing stacked jobs, reducing wasted materials or manpower between jobs or finished rolls. It also has full feature finishing, such as die cutting, slitting, back scoring, enabling standard industry finished rolls at output end, so you can work faster, avoid outsourcing or eliminate working on multiple devices. 
 
There are also inline and offline modes for special jobs that may not be ideally printed and cut in-line due to speed or quality constraints. It has bright and opaque white printing capabilities that rival flexo- presses in one single pass with the process colours. 
 
 EFIsays the Fiery XF rip accelerates production, unifies the handling of printing devices, and delivers the high-quality output and colour that customers expect. The EFI Jetrion has the flexibility to add additional features to ensure continued growth in-line with and alongside your business demands.
 
EFI says when printers invest in a Jetrion press, they open the door to the entire EFI portfolio of integrated, end-to-end digital inkjet workflow solutions, services and technical support. This door helps sustain profitable growth by helping you work smarter, faster and more productively on every job now and in the future.
 
 
EPSON SurePress L-6034VW
The SurePress L-6034VW digital label press features Epson’s latest PrecisionCore line ink-jet printhead technology and industrial grade Epson UV ink. It is designed for converters who wish to produce quality labels with a durable finish in short to medium print runs.
 
The press is compatible with a wide range of paper and film stocks, producing high resolution output with outstanding scratch and weather resistance. Jobs are quick to set up and fast to complete with minimum effort and wastage. Machines are compact, cost effective to run, and can be managed by a single operator. 
 
Output is compatible with a wide range of industry standard finishing equipment to enable a low set-up cost with maximum production flexibility. They can be operated with a choice of rip software and ordered with an optional X-Rite spectrophotometer for work with custom media.
 
Epson says the L-6034VW comes will all the tools you will need to not only enter the world of digital label printing, but make it profitable. Epson says with a SurePress you have potential to achieve impressive, professional results, quickly and efficiently. You can offer superior product quality, provide faster job turnaround and boost your bottom line with a wider range of customer-centric print solutions. 
 
Features of the Surepress L-6034VW include print quality – Epson PrecisionCore line heads with 600 x 600dpi max resolution, VSDT, and in-line pinning. Colour with an outstanding Finish and Print Durability – 5 colour UV ink set with an enhanced gamut + white, selectable Digital Multi-Varnish, optional integrated colour management. The SurePress has fast job turnaround – fast media loading, rapid configuration, digital image processing, supports production speeds up to 15m/ minute. It also has production flexibility – variable frame lengths, variable print lengths, fully adjustable label sizing, compatible with an industry standard substrates from 80-340mm wide, integrated re-winder; optional in-line curing, in-line corona treatment, X-Rite spectrophotometer and variable label content support. 
 
Epson says there is an easy operation with a touch-screen display with simple menu structure and user-adjustable pre-sets, supplied with a choice of rip software. The SurePress also has reduced running costs, with a cost-effective bulk ink system, and it achieves print speed rapidly for reduced substrate wastage. It has single operator management with minimum job oversight, automated nozzle status checking and head cleaning, reduced cleaning/ mechanical maintenance and system downtime.
 
Konica Minolta C71cf
Konica Minolta has launched the bizhub Press C71cf for reel to reel digital label printing. Labels can be printed on pressure-sensitive paper in gloss, semi-gloss or matte finish; wine stocks, white BOPP, polypropylene in matte or gloss and other specialty substrates. It prints labels with 1200 x 3600dpi x 8 bit resolution in CMYK.
 
The company says fine lines, small characters and subtle gradients are no issue for the C71cf, which runs at up to 18.9 metres a minute. It is positioned in the middle of the sector between the desktop label printers and the high end digital label printers. Using a 330mm wide web allows the C71cf to conform to a large percentage of finishing and converting processes post printing
 
David Cascarino, national manager Industrial Print, Konica Minolta Australia, says, “The number of high-mix, low-volume print jobs continue to increase and print companies need to complete orders within shorter lead times. Printing demands that were difficult to fulfil with conventional presses can now be processed efficiently thanks to the flexibility of digital printing.
 
“The bizhub Press C71cf is ideal for label printers who are looking to shift volumes from conventional presses to digital so they can deal with shorter print-run lengths, requests for faster delivery times, personalisation and versioning, and the production of on-demand runs.”
 
Konica Minolta says its new printer offers productivity, image quality and is easy to use. The bizhub Press C71cf delivers colour in a wide variety of label formats to make an impact on the shelf. It is suited for a wide range of applications including food, beverage and pharmaceuticals.
 
Cascarino says, “The bizhub Press C71cf demonstrates Konica Minolta’s commitment to helping commercial printers open up new opportunities for revenue in a changing print market by delivering new technologies and innovations that help professional printers produce high quality products that are flexible enough to meet market demand.
 
“The bizhub Press C71cf ticks all the boxes for short-run label printing in high-quality colour, and is ideal for commercial printers looking to expand into the label print market to take advantage of this growing area of print.”
 
SCREEN Truepress Jet L350UV+
Screen says its inkjet label press has been a hit worldwide, including in Australia where it has been the best-selling inkjet press since its release in 2013. Screen has a reputation for making well-engineered products and the says L350UV does not disappoint, with  a reliable performance, as you would expect from a Japanese company like Screen.
 
Screen will launch the extended press range (at LabelExpo Brussels in September 2017) with the current model being joined by two new variants. The L350UV+ is an additional model that offers the ability to print thinner materials in order to meet the requirements of the packaging industry. An additional colour (orange) is also offered to extend further what Screen says is the already impressive colour gamut, which Screen achieves through its prepress experience.
 
The second new model (L350UV+ LM) adds a low-migration Food-Packaging Compliant ink series, which uses nitrogen to aid the curing process, in order to meet the most stringent non-direct food contact regulations.
 
All models are now available with a print speed of 60m/min, further improving on what Screen says is the L350UV’s already best-in-class productivity.
 
The L350UV is distributed in Australia & New Zealand by Jet Technologies, which has a long partnership with Screen, and continues to run a demo-centre in Sydney with an L350UV for trials and client demonstrations.
 
Jack Malki, director of Jet Technologies says, “Many people doubted inkjet, but now with so many successful installations here and abroad, clients can see that the L350UV is a robust solution that allows them to print almost any material, without priming or special rules, with high productivity and on a reliable platform. The additional models mean that the L350UV+ will be a winner in even more markets, and shows Screen’s dedication to the platform.”
 
XEIKON CX3
Xeikon says its CX3 digital colour press, originally known as the Cheetah, is 60 per cent faster than any of its toner-based label and packaging stablemates.
 
The new digital press is dedicated to self-adhesive and pressure sensitive label production, and can produce high quality labels at 30 metres per minute. Xeikon says this running speed makes it the fastest five-colour digital toner label press in the world.
 
This increase in speed represents a leap forward in digital toner press technology. The Xeikon CX3 narrows the gap between digital printing and traditional flexo and offset methods for producing labels and that increase in speed results in a lower total production cost. 
 
The Cheetah can handle substrate widths of up to 330mm, with resolution of 1,200 x 3,600dpi. 
The Xeikon CX3 is designed to give label printers and converters greater flexibility to deal with shorter turnaround times.
 
Like all Xeikon presses it uses full rotary printing, where press speeds are independent of the number of colours used and the repeat length of the job. The stability of full rotary printing also makes step-and-repeat and finishing operations straightforward. 
 
It uses dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact, and can use conventional substrates without any pre-treating. The toners are also high in light fastness, ranging from 6.5 to 8 on the blue wool scale.
 
Xeikon’s labels and packaging machines can print opaque white toner in one pass. 
A fifth station on the Cheetah and other Xeikon presses can be used to print gamut expansion colours or security toner, as well as the standard CMYK plus white. The white has a high opacity similar to the screen white. Other gamut expansion colours available include red, blue, green, orange and clear. Xeikon says these colours can be easily swapped as required without any need to wash up.
 
The press includes automatic inline register and density controls, imaging width is up to 322mm while repeat length is variable from zero to 55 metres. Media weights range from 40gsm to 350gsm with thicknesses from 40um to 550um.
 
Depending on the application, the presses can be optioned with a number of finishing solutions, including an inline aqueous or UV web varnishing module, sheeter and stacker.
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