Digital printing technology provider Xeikon has introduced a new technology for carton printing on a wide range of materials.
The new fuser drum 'Alpine', with its flexible outer layer, helps to produce smooth and consistent print on uneven and textured media, especially on recycled board stocks.
According to the company, the Alpine 516 fuser drum is part of the company's folding carton suite, which combines five elements to aid productivity in carton production.
The elements include print engines, substrates, workflow, toners and finishing elements.
Xeikon's Alpine 516 fuser drum will be offered as an option from June 2013 for the two 508mm wide printing presses in the Xeikon 3000 Series, the entry level Xeikon 3050 and Xeikon 3500.
The presses have the capacity to print B2 and longer formats on board for folding cartons.
The Xeikon 3000 series of continuous feed simplex presses have been designed expressly for packaging and label work, said the company.
Xeikon product management director Jeroen Van Bauwel said standard fuser drums have a hard surface, and there is a chance that they only contact the raised areas on a structured substrate, which may result in an uneven gloss level.
"The Alpine fuser drum has a softer, rubber-like coating, which can adapt to the form of the surface and create a uniform look and feel on challenging substrates," Bauwel said.
The drum can be used with conventional smooth surfaced card substrates and papers as well as with the rougher textured surfaces, and print speeds remain unchanged.
Carton materials range that can be printed within the Xeikon folding carton suite will also be widened by the Alpine fuser drum.
The Xeikon 3050 and Xeikon 3500 digital colour presses can handle up to 350 GSM paperboard with a web width ranging from 200mm to 516mm.
Image: Xeikon's new Alpine fuser drum helps to produce consistent print on recycled board stocks; Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono