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Argraf extends digital printing portfolio with Xeikon CX3

Sep '19
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This year, Argraf extended its web-fed digital printing portfolio again with the acquisition of a Xeikon CX3 digital press designed specifically for the production of self-adhesive labels. In 2017, in order to continue its forward progress, the company had enlarged its self-adhesive department with the addition of two digital printing presses.

"After two years working with another digital technology (liquid toner), we decided to add a press with dry toner technology which, apart from offering certificates for food contact and security, allows us to extend our product portfolio and to continue delivery of quality service to our clients," said Jesús Davalillo, Argraf's pre-printing and digital printing director in a company press release.

The Xeikon CX3 digital label press is based on Xeikon's Cheetah technology, printing at a maximum speed of 30m/min. Its fast printing speed for every type of material, without the need for pre-printing, along with its stability, reliability and minimal maintenance, make the Cheetah series, both 330 and 520mm widths, the ideal Xeikon units for operations with higher printing volumes. This digital press, with very high resolution of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi, offers additional advantages such as its use of dry toners that comply, amongst other things, with the regulations of the American FDA on food contact, its great precision and colour stability, and the ability to print white toner with high levels of opacity in a single pass.

"We are very pleased with the quality of Xeikon's opaque white and, in general, the stability of the press, and also the low levels of maintenance required. Although we have only been working with it for seven months and it is a bit soon to make a final assessment, we have confidence that things will continue in this way, which allows us to achieve maximum speed of 30 meters a minute for most materials, with only a few exceptions," Davalillo said.

"Xeikon's Cheetah presses are dry toner electro-photographic presses, which means that we can generally use traditional media without having to test them first with pre-printing or use materials specifically manufactured for a particular technology. Apart from the widest colour gamut for four colour process, the Xeikon CX3’s fifth station can be used for custom colours, colours that extend the chromatic range, white toner, or for a security toner. The press works well with media in weights from 40 to 350 g/m²," Davalillo added.

All these features benefit Argraf in its objective of offering any type of finish to embellish the label, and to anticipate changes in design, which are increasingly required.

Argraf is a family-owned business created by Martín Torroba and other partners in 1978, it produces more than 2.5 billion wine and tin labels each year.

Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. (PC)

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