April 8, 2019 By PrintAction Staff
Xeikon says it has developed a digital printing solution for pouches that will result in reduced lead times, while also increasing the number of SKUs to better meet the demand from brand owners.
Designed to simplify the overall production process for fast turnaround solution, the new digital technology can be used in applications for consumer goods markets, including food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Brand owners looking for shelf impact for their products are drawn to flexible pouches for their ability to stand, as well as being lightweight and sustainable, but pouches can be complex to manufacture because of the flexible nature of their multi-layers, Xeikon explains. It is essentially a laminated bag made from several layers of material that requires a number of different steps in production. Xeikon says it is aiming to simplify the process. By firstly digitally printing the text and graphics on a thermal laminate, the outside layer of the pouch is prepared and ready for the next steps. A variety of different layers is then constructed by lamination with a series of barriers for protection before the pouch is finally put together in the manufacturing process. Xeikon’s digital printing solution is said to provide the lowest possible complexity and the broadest lamination construction.
“Our digital printing solution for pouches utilizes our dry toner technology, which comes with a guarantee for food safety. This technology also ensures consistency and an equal finish to offset (am screen) and to flexo when colour matching is required. With our aXelerate programme, our dedicated teams provide direct and personal training and support for our customers every step of the way,” Filip Weymans, Xeikon Vice President Marketing, says.
Xeikon’s dry toner technology enables JIT production, versioning and last minute adaptations on the fly, and helps customers print variable data information in both single and full colour. For print operations with a high volume and complex jobs, the crossover point for flexo and the digital process is at least 4000lm.
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