Afinia Label’s Memjet-powered L801 Color Label Printer is ideal for short- to mid-label runs and produces high-resolution, full-color labels at speeds up to 60 feet per minute. The printer also features what Afinia touts as industry-leading cost of ownership and holds 1.25 liters of ink to support large runs. The L801 has three print modes: Roll to Roll, Roll to Cut, and Print & Hold. With the L801 Color Label Printer, Afinia says the ink cost for a 4" x 5" label with 75% coverage is about $0.03/each.
To complement the L801 Color Label Printer, Afinia’s DLF-1000 is a full-feature label finishing system designed to perform all the functions of large, more expensive systems, in a compact, tabletop design. The DLF-1000 can digitally finish printed rolls from Afinia Label’s L801 and R635 color label printers. Labels can be cut to any shape or size, without dies.
Afinia Label’s DLP-2000 Digital Label Press utilizes Memjet printing technology in line with a complete finishing system. This press is able to print, laminate, di-cut, slit, and roll 7,200 4”x6” labels per hour, all in one process, on one machine. The DLP-2000 is an easy-to-use system that costs a fraction of other all-in-one presses, the company says.
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The iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label System from ADSI combines the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Printer with the iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Finisher. It’s a complete roll-to-roll solution for what the company says is a fraction of the cost of other digital presses, along with low, on-going operational expenses.
The LED toner iTech CENTRA HS Digital Label Printer is designed to print consumer-quality labels with brilliant, durable, consistent color at 1200 dpi X 600 dpi, at speeds up to 30 feet per minute. It delivers high definition printing with four-color stochastic screening. With a maximum width of 12.9", the printer has a wide degree of substrate flexibility that does not require top coating. The CENTRA HS prints on most standard pressure sensitive paper substrates, which, the company says, are typically half to one-third the cost of inkjet substrates. White, metallic and clear polyester films are also available.
Included with all iTech HS printers is Wasatch SoftRIP software that manages all print job parameters. The intuitive layout features enable users to maximize substrate usage to minimize waste. A full suite of color control capabilities – ICC color management, tone curve reproduction, powerful spot color replacement features – enhances the print quality. The SoftRIP’s color atlas generator internally produces 36,000 process tints for spot color matching and also has an on-board label cost estimating tool. A variable data print option is available, enabling sequential numbering and bar codes along with graphic elements.
Arrow Systems has launched a digital label printer, Any001, giving customers an In-house system for on-demand/short run labels. This desktop-sized, digital roll fed label printer uses a single-pass LED color laser engine. The system focuses on precise registration with supporting gap sensors and black mark sensors. This enables the printer to support any pre-cut labels and post-processing of rotary die-cutters.
The unique and variable data is entered into labels, such as QR codes, bar codes and numbering and be printed out immediately. With a label size up to 8.5 inches, labels can be printed on various media such as art papers, certified PET, Gold/silver paper, Teslin etc. This label press is an ideal in-house solution for companies in various segments like Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverages, FMCG, Healthcare, Cosmetics, Home Appliances etc.
Arrow has also unveiled its laser cutting/finishing system, AnyCut. A desktop-sized system using an air-cooled CO2 laser unit. The machine has a vision system as well as cutting mark sensors to compensate for registration errors in the printed label itself. The machine supports cutting on the fly without stopping; making it up to 20 times faster than knife cutters. AnyCut supports half-cutting, full-cutting and hatch marking at the same time, as well as supporting variable data. It is provided as full-featured package including software, table, screen display, computer, dust-collector, blower and air-compressor. The machine has an inline laminator and matrix removal together, making it the complete label finishing system.
Colordyne Technologies’ (CDT) new Memjet-powered CDT 3600 Series features an enhanced precision
web handling system which provides flexibility and modularity supporting custom configurations, while
having easy upgradeability across all the major assemblies. Key to the 3600 is a new print engine with
Memjet Waterfall technology, which provides speeds up to 225 feet per minute at full color resolutions up to 1600 x 1375 dpi. The system incorporates broad web substrate support and management through a partnership with PCMC to provide the web-handling system. This system allows for digital upgrades and enhancements as they are available in the future to be implemented easily and cost effectively. The 3600 is also equipped with inline laser diecutting, provided by technology partner LasX.
The CDT 3600 Series is available in similar configurations to CDT’s existing Production Class platforms and is customizable to provide solutions for customers with unique application needs.
The Domino N610i digital UV inkjet label press features 600 x 600 dpi native print resolution; operating speeds up to 246 fpm (75 m/min) in rapid production mode, up to 164 fpm (50 m/min) in high-quality mode; and up to seven colors including opaque white.
The N610i uses piezo drop-on-demand inkjet technology based on Kyocera print jetting assemblies. The print head has up to four greyscale levels with 6pl drop sizes to deliver fine detail printing and small point text with crisp definition. The UV curable inks produce durable, vibrant high-impact color images for a range of standard self-adhesive labelstocks including coated paper, polyethylene and polypropylene, normally without the need to prime. The N610i runs web width up to 13.4".
Domino also offers the K600i digital monochrome UV inkjet press, which prints variable data up to 246fpm (75m/min) on a wide range of substrates, printing at 600 dpi. It can be integrated with existing flexo label presses and utilized for applications that require variable data printing.
The new Tau LFS 330 UV Inkjet Digital Label Press from Durst is a complete workflow system for digital labels and specialty packaging, which complements the manufacturer’s flagship digital press, the Tau 330. Both machines utilize Durst’s low-migration/low-odor inks. The Tau LFS 330 incorporates laser diecutting technology from Spartanics and a 1,000-watt laser that delivers precise speed matching, automatic job changeovers and a reduction in waste. This permits the management of multiple jobs in a single pass and virtually uninterrupted printing. According to Durst, the Tau LFS 330 also achieves superior print and cut quality on a broad range of substrates – papers, films, polyester, polycarbonates, metalized material and more. It offers high flexibility in terms of cutting applications – including kiss, through, perforate, engrave, mark and score. UV coating, lamination and slitting options can be added to the system for more finishing versatility.
The automated Jetrion 4950LX press with integrated finishing has a superior, 720 x 720 dots per inch resolution. The presss runs at speeds of 200 feet per minute, what EFI says is higher level of throughput that can make digital inkjet label converting an even more useful option as a replacement for flexographic printing.
The Jetrion 4950LX model uses a 1000-watt inline laser die cutter, and the press’ new white ink allows more flexibility in full-color imaging on clear, metallic and colored substrates. The press’ greener LED platform offers a “cool cure” advantage, which allows printing on a broader range of substrates that cannot withstand the heat required with other curing or drying methods. The lamps are also an improvement over traditional UV lamps.
The SurePress L-6034VW and L-6034V are Epson’s first single-pass industrial presses using PrecisionCore technology in a linehead configuration, and the first to offer Epson’s new LED-cured UV ink with in-line digital varnish technology.
Epson’s L-4033AW digital press features Micro Piezo technology and uses a seventh white ink to print the transparent no-label look. The SurePress L-4033AW comes with automated printhead maintenance and ink cartridges that can be replaced without stopping the press.The L-4033AW isn’t limited by any pre-treatment or top coating, making a variety of standard off-the-shelf substrates usable at variable web widths of up to 13 inches. The SurePress line of digital presses include all the digital front end tools including an Epson XL-11000 calibration scanner, x-Rite photo-spectrometer and the easy to use but powerful Wasatch SoftRIP and or added cost ESKO RIP.
Fujifilm has launched Graphium, a high speed hybrid UV inkjet press designed specifically for the narrow web market. The press is the result of a joint venture between Fujifilm and UK-based FFEI. Graphium’s modular design combines inkjet, flexographic printing and finishing, all inline. Utilizing greyscale print heads that produce a range of drop sizes from 6 to 42 picoliters combined with inter-color LED pinning of Fujifilm Uvijet inks enables Graphium to print fine details, smooth tones and small font text demanded at single-pass print speeds up to 164 fpm.
Graphium features and over and under white capability, allowing pure white designs with opacity that exceeds traditional flexo white. The press can handle widths of either 13" or 16", allowing printing of the thinnest labels to heavy duty vinyl. Graphium offers an alternative to flexo and screen printing of short to medium-run, four-color plus white labels and decals, allowing for up to six flexo stations and inline finishing options. The inline corona treatment enables customers to print on virtually any substrate without pre-coating to achieve adhesion.
The new Gallus DCS 340 digital inline label printing system features a printing module with next-generation inkjet printing heads, with a design that enables several heads to be joined together for a greater print width, without visible transitions. A native resolution of 1200 dpi delivers print quality that Gallus says is unmatched in UV inkjet today. The Gallus DCS 340 gives users the chance to varnish, embellish and further process labels inline – from the roll to the finished diecut label in a single production operation. It is also equipped with a standardized, user-friendly interface. The Heidelberg Prinect Digital Front End is used to automate the prepress workflow and thus ensure data is prepared efficiently, complete with comprehensive color management. The printer also features spot color matching, the PDF Toolbox and Prepress Manager.
The new HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press delivers the highest crossover point in narrow-web production vs. analog for the vast majority of pressure-sensitive label jobs, according to HP. The WS6800 can produce up to 131 linear feet per minute in color using Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), while featuring a larger 12.59 x 38.58 inch image format. An inline spectrophotometer saves time on color calibrations and color profiles. The press offers application flexibility and supports 0.5 pt. to 18 pt materials, both standard, off-the shelf substrates with in-line priming, as well as pre-treated materials.
The HP Indigo WS6800 supports the HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Workflow Suite 4.1, powered by Esko. A new, high-definition 223 lines per inch (lpi) screen provides increased color gamut space.
In partnership with Komori, INX International’s new and wider Komori NW210 inkjet UV digital narrow web press is ideal for label converters, direct mail and packaging printers who are weighing the transition to digital printing. Powered by JetINX to enhance speed, the press produces UV-LED cure single pass output at up to 80 feet per minute and prints on any labelstock at a maximum printing width of 210mm.
The NW210 is an expansion of the 140 mm wide NW140, also with a similar UV LED cure single pass output. Both presses feature inline laser diecutting from Spartanics. The NW140 employs 12 digital print heads with six ink channels, a high efficiency, water-cooled UV LED curing system, and an air-cooled UV LED pinning system. The press also supports media on 3-inch cores up to two feet in diameter and uses EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions ink.
The Mark Andy Digital Series runs high-quality jobs at full production speeds of 250 fpm and delivers what the company says is the best total cost of operation of any digital inkjet printing system available. The Digital Series’ hybrid platform is designed to be highly configurable and features 600x600 dpi 6-color UV inkjet printing (CMYKOV+W) with top coating and fully integrated in-line modules including flexo printing, converting and decorating options such as lamination, cold foil and rotary screen.
The DFE (digital front end) on the Digital Series employs ProWORX, powered by Esko, which is seamlessly integrated and fully supports digital file management and workflows. ProWORX is a “one box” solution that enables quality control between the Mark Andy Digital Series and the currently-used digital file management workflows. It also optimizes the utilization and productivity of the Mark Andy Digital Series and can be integrated into a networked infrastructure when linked to the Esko Automation Engine as well as others. According to Mark Andy, it is the ideal fit of a DFE for large multi-press, multi-function hybrid printing environment or as a dedicated single digital press operation. The press supports a wide range of label materials ranging from 1 mil to 14 pt. including PS paper and film and unsupported paper and film. Mark Andy’s Quick Change Die Cut (QCDC) station is an inline finishing option.
Primera offers converters the production-capable CX1200 digital color label press and FX1200 digital finishing system. Primera’s CX1200 delivers full-color digital label printing, utilizing one of the fastest and highest-resolution color laser engines available. Add the FX1200, an “all-in-one” off-line solution to cut any size or shape label, rewind and laminate. Together, CX1200/FX1200 provide professional-grade short-run label printing to manufacturers who need complete flexibility with the size, shape and quantity of their labels.
The CX1200 utilizes what Primera says is one of the fastest and highest-resolution color laser engines available and boasts 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution resulting in colors that are bright and vibrant, sharp text and bar codes and graphics of the highest quality. For precise color control, Pantone-approved color support is included. Additional profiles for various substrates are available.
Primera Technology also offers the recently launched LX2000 color label printer, featuring large ink tanks for lower cost per label, pigmented ink to allow for more water and UV resistance, front color LCD control panel and wired/ethernet or wireless connection options. Other highlights include a viewing window for labelstock levels, built in “pizza-wheel” cutter and print speeds of up to 6 ips.
SPGPrints’ modular DSI digital UV inkjet printer offers production speeds of up to 700m²/hour and is available in widths from 135mm to 530mm. The printing platform, with CMYK as standard, can be built or latterly extended with up to six more print heads. Options are orange and violet to make 90% of the Pantone color gamut achievable, digital white with “screen-look” opacity and digital primer to maximize substrate compatibility, while minimizing waste. Proprietary scratch/chemical-resistant UV inks contribute to photo quality and offer BWS-7 lightfastness, high gloss and 1% tonal values. The Xaar print head achieves an effective resolution of 1018dpi and a water-cooled chill drum enables processing of heat-sensitive substrates. The system can be specified as a standalone printer or a custom-built single-pass printing, finishing and converting line. Integration of any AB Graphic semi-rotary finishing technology is possible. Highlights include inline varnishing for an identical look to conventional print, foiling and laser diecutting, alongside conventional semi-rotary die-cutting and slitting. Esko Automation software, included as standard, ensures a fast, simplified prepress workflow.
Xeikon’s Cheetah, faster than any other model in its current press portfolio by 60%, is dedicated solely to self-adhesive/pressure sensitive label production and can output high quality labels at 98 fpm. It can handle substrate widths of up to 13 inches (330 mm) with a print resolution of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi. It utilizes full rotary printing where the press speeds are independent of the number of colors used and/or the repeat length of the job. Full rotary printing also makes finishing operations straightforward. The Cheetah offers the benefits native to the Xeikon 3000 Series, including the use of dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass. Xeikon presses are based on dry toner electrophotography. This enables the use of conventional substrates that do not have to be pre-treated. Xeikon presses incorporate professional color management capabilities, and the fifth station on the Xeikon Cheetah, which will be avilable in 2015, can be used to print gamut expansion colors or security toner. The press also includes automatic in-line register and density controls. The imaging width is up to 12.7 inches (322 mm) while the repeat length is variable from 0 – 180 ft (0 – 55 m). Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm.