Xeikon – Fusion digital converting technology at drupa
THE NETHERLANDS • The supplier of digital colour printing technology, will be showcasing its Fusion technology concept at drupa 2016 (Hall 8a, Stand B20). It is said to combine full color production printing with digital converting of labels and packaging in a single, one-pass and fully digital production process.
Fusion consists of a series of embellishment modules released over time that are not just placed in-line with the press, but are components of an entirely new modular system with the digital front end managing prepress, data processing, color management and press operation as well as full control and operation of all embellishment modules, without manual intervention. Potential digital converting modules would present a digital alternative to hot/cold foiling; screen printed white, tactile varnish, spot print; and Braille.
The concept, and how it works
The goal of Fusion Technology is seamless, end-to-end production of labels and packaging. A print job containing multiple channels and defining each aspect of production is dropped into a hot folder and RIPed, after which each channel is sent to the relevant modules including the press without any manual intervention. The value of a digital converting solution lies in, (1) no tooling required eliminating their cost, (2) every single design element can be variable or personalized, which opens up enormous opportunities for new applications. Depending on requirements, these digital converting modules can be positioned before and/or after the Xeikon five-color digital press. The resulting configuration produces a digitally printed and embellished label or package in a single pass.
The cornerstone of this concept is Xeikon’s dry toner electrophotographic five-color printing press. The X-800 digital front-end ensures a seamlessly automated digital printing workflow while enabling integration with existing workflows and market-leading third party applications, such as design solutions, web-to-print applications and MIS.
More information about Xeikon Fusion technology is available in a free White Paper which can be downloaded at the dedicated webpage www.xeikon.com/Fusion-technology.