Home' New Zealand Printer Magazine : November-December 2016 Contents 46
SCREEN TRUEPRESS JET L350UV
Screen’s inkjet label press, the
Truepress Jet L350UV, has been a hit
worldwide since its release at PacPrint
2013. Over 50 presses have been
shipped with one UK label printer,
Springfield Solutions, ordering its third
L350 at drupa. Sold through Jet
Technologies in New Zealand, the first
installation is at a leading Sydney label
The L350UV is a high-productivity
narrow web press with a linear speed of
50 metres per minute. However, its
productivity is amplified over flexo by
the ability to stream different jobs one
after the other without interruption for
plate changes and set-up.
The 600 x 600dpi quality,
particularly for fine text and feint
security patterns, has been praised by
all users with Mher Mehraybayan of
Quadriga, a USA user, comparing it
with gravure and above flexo. Four
levels of greyscale account for smooth
tones and gradations, and a wide range
of non-pretreated normal label stock
can be printed.
One distinct feature of the L350UV
is the ability to accept varying web
widths of label stock from 100mm up to
350mm — thereby eliminating much
wastage when the full width is not
required. The inks are wide-gamut
CMYK plus white.
Users are also impressed with the
way the L350UV achieved registration,
much in the same way as a
conventional flexo press but via an
Screen claims that the build of the
machine is such that MTBF (mean
time between failure) is very extensive,
aided by its Trust preventative service
programme. This equates to uptime,
again increasing overall productivity.
While most printers run the L350 as a
roll-to-roll device and finishing offline,
inline converting is possible with the
Screen JetConverter which can add die-
cutting, matrix stripping, coating,
foiling a nd other modular
embellishments to the finished labels.
Investment cost depends on the
configuration but possibly under one
million in New Zealand dollars. Screen
also notes the L350UV has no click-
charge per impression. Customers can
be in complete control of their
manufacturing costs by just paying for
ink, media, parts and service.
Xeikon’s CX3 digital colour press,
originally known as the Cheetah, is 60
per cent faster than any of its toner-
based label and packaging stablemates
Xeikon 3000 presses, which range in
speed from 9.6 metres per minute to
19.2 metres per minute, and offer
widths of 330mm a nd 516mm.
The new digital press is dedicated to
self-adhesive and pressure sensitive
label production, and can produce high
quality labels at 30 metres per minute.
Xeikon says this running speed makes
it the world’s fastest five-colour digital
toner label press.
The Xeikon CX3 is designed to give
label printers and converters greater
flexibility to deal with shorter
turnaround times. This increase in
speed represents a huge leap forward in
digital toner press technology. The
Xeikon CX3 narrows the gap between
digital printing and traditional flexo
and offset methods for producing labels
and that increase in speed results in a
lower total production cost.
The Cheetah can handle substrate
widths of up to 330mm, with resolution
of 1,200 x 3,600dpi.
Like all Xeikon presses it uses full
rotary printing, where press speeds are
independent of the number of colours
used and the repeat length of the job.
The stability of full rotary printing also
makes step-and-repeat and finishing
It uses dry toners that meet FDA
regulations for food contact, and can
use conventional substrates without
any pre-treating. The toners are also
very high in light fastness, ranging
from 6.5 to 8 on the blue wool scale.
Xeikon’s labels and packaging
machines can print opaque white toner
in one pass.
A fifth station on the Cheetah and
other Xeikon presses can be used to
print gamut expansion colours or
security toner, as well as the standard
CMYK plus white. The white has a high
opacity similar to the screen white.
Other gamut expansion colours
available include red, blue, green,
orange and clear. These colours can be
easily swapped as required without any
need to wash up.
The press includes automatic inline
register and density controls, imaging
width is up to 322mm while repeat
length is variable from zero to 55
metres. Media weights range from
40gsm to 350gsm with thicknesses
from 40um to 550um.
Depending on the application, the
presses can be optioned with a number
of finishing solutions, including an
inline aqueous or UV web varnishing
module, sheeter and stacker.
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