Download: eDossier “Accu Label increases speed with the new CX3 Cheetah digital press”

Digital printing has a way of working its magic on creative label converters. Just as the average person finds it difficult to remember life without the internet and the smart phone, so these printers can’t imagine having achieved such high efficiencies and quality standards without the impact of a digital colour label press.

Accu-Label is one such converter that welcomed digital print into its shop and is thoroughly pleased at having done so. The company, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, was a flexo house for nearly three decades before introducing a Xeikon 3500 press onto its production floor about two years ago. The experience has been positive to such an extent that this year Accu-Label became the first North American converter to acquire the new Xeikon Cheetah digital press, and only the third worldwide to have done so. Read the full article in our eDossier “Accu Label increases speed with the new Cheetah digital press”.

Discovering the use of digital printing

Accu-Label prints products for foods, various industrial products, automotive, and retail, among others. “It is all custom work, so we see anything from labels for barbecue sauces to screws,” said Catie.

On the flexography side, the company was comfortable running 508 mm (20”) webs through the flexo presses, and recently added a Mark Andy P7 press of that width. Two years ago, however, it acquired the Xeikon 3500, also with a 508 mm (20”) web width, and discovered just how useful the digital press could be.

“It was eye opening and educational,” Catie said. “It helped with a lot of the gaps, the efficiencies that are hard to achieve when you have multiple SKUs on a flexo press. We can make a plate within an hour, but if we need a job quickly, it takes no time at all on the digital press.” What’s more, she added, is that the company has realized significant savings by reducing material waste, which is nearly non-existent with the digital machine. In order to get more information, visit our shop to download the whole article.

Before the acquisition of the Xeikon systems, the company looked at other digital presses. “With our needs we felt that Xeikon was a better fit for our niche, printing with a dry toner that didn’t necessarily have to have a topcoat on it. Also, the technical support
was critical: We could get someone in from Xeikon in one day’s time if we needed the help.” For label finishing, Accu-Label acquired an offline system from Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM), which includes a semi-rotary flexible die station and lamination capability.

Digital production at high capacity

Not long afterward, the company found its digital production at high capacity. That was around the same time that Xeikon was preparing to unveil the new Cheetah press, which now bears the designation CX3. The press was officially introduced at Labelexpo Americas last year, and soon thereafter the Xeikon people were in discussions with Accu-Label. Learn more about the “Accu Label increases speed with the new Cheetah digital press” – you can easily download it in our shop.

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