Canada-based IML Labels has installed a Xeikon 3500 digital colour press, in order to print in-mould labels digitally.
With a capacity to handle substrate widths up to 516mm (20.3in), Xeikon 3500 has the capability of producing labels in various formats by running ICE toner, which is now the standard toner for printing in-mould labels.
Additionally, the company installed a UCoat finishing unit that will provide inline flood aqueous coating, besides cut-to-sheet capabilities.
Xeikon claims that its wide finishing range offers IML an array of choices for its labels.
IML Labels founder Donald Caron said: "Our customers are spread throughout North America and around 75% of them are involved in the food business.
"As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil.
"In addition, colour matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.
"We intend to take advantage of the ability to print variable data on the Xeikon press to incorporate features such as sequential numbering.
"Today, the market is demanding a level of production flexibility that only digital printing can provide.
"However, every situation is different and we worked closely with Xeikon to develop a solution that met our specific requirements."
IML Labels offers pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create ready-to-mould labels for end-products, including ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs.
Image: The Xeikon 3500 digital colour press. Photo: courtesy of Xeikon International BV.