Xeikon (Itaska, Illinois) has introduced gold and silver metallic toners for its Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 Series of advanced digital label presses. The OEM added that the production of labels for wine, health and cosmetics typically requires specific embellishing steps. This has been traditionally achieved by either printing on a metallic substrate, using metallic inks or using a cold or hot foiling process. However, these traditional techniques involve high setup costs due to expensive materials and tools, and also generate a high amount of waste to reach the expected quality. “Adding the metallic colour digitally eliminates these costs, avoids secondary processes and unlocks new value-added label design options such as personalization,” said Xeikon.
A few years ago, Xeikon launched its ‘Creative Toner’ series, a portfolio designed to enhance packaging with specific colours. Palladium Silver and Matt Silver were the first creative colours to be introduced. Today, Xeikon expands this family with Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver to provide a digital alternative to flexo printed gold or silver – measuring 6-8 on the Flop Index (an index that measures the reflective properties of a metallic colour). These metallic colors fit in the 5th colour station of a Xeikon Cheetah Press. Dry toner technology allows for hassle-free colour swapping by just replacing the toner dosing unit and the developer unit. There’s no extensive cleaning process required as the toner is dry, and a quick brushing with a vacuum cleaner is sufficient to be up and running between jobs. Xeikon currently offers offline digital embellishing for 2D, 3D, haptic varnishing and foiling on its Xeikon Fusion Embellishment Unit (FEU). Inline embellishing with full-colour digital print is available as haptic white on the Xeikon Panther UV-IJ Series. The use of metallic toners on Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 Presses make it much easier to produce labels that are less complex, while dramatically reducing turnaround times and simplifying the overall production process.
Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Vice President Marketing, added: “The development of application-tuned toners empowers printers to create their own digital solution, allowing them to stand out from other print providers and remain competitive. With the Xeikon Metallic Gold and Silver toners, we continue our commitment to innovate in leading-edge technology and provide new opportunities for the label printing industry.” Xeikon metallic toners will be available ains of May 2022 for all Xeikon Cheetah 2.0 users. At the Xeikon Café Europe 2022, April 26-28, visitors will see live demonstrations at the Global Innovation Center. Visitors to the Xeikon Café Chicago, May 18-19 will see the great sample output. Label printers and converters will also learn how the latest Xeikon solutions bring more value to their business. In addition, visitors can reserve individual sessions with Xeikon experts to get in-depth insight and discuss opportunities and needs.