PeterLynn installs Xeikon CX3 to increase capacity up to 50%
Eede, The Netherlands, 27 April 2017
Xeikon has announced the installation of a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press at PeterLynn Ltd, Corby (UK). A long time user of the technology, PeterLynn installed its first Xeikon machine back in 2012, upgrading the original Xeikon 3030 press to a Xeikon 3300 model in 2014 to increase throughput.
Tremendous growth over the last five years
Commenting on the latest addition, James Lindsay, Managing Director of PeterLynn, said, "Xeikon technology has helped us to dramatically change our business since we first installed the 3030 machine back in 2012. Our digital label work has grown tremendously over the five years, and the investment in the new Xeikon CX3 press had become essential in order for us to keep up with the volume of orders that we are now having to process. The new press will give us at least 50% more capacity, as well as expanding the range of label materials that we can print.
A reliable and capable partner
"The work generated by having this digital capability has helped us to expand our business. We still run flexo presses, and they have continued to be busy during this time. The work for the Xeikon machine has been generated from new work for existing customers, and new work from new customers," He continues, "Whilst we realized that we needed more digital print capacity, we didn't feel the need to look at other suppliers before making this latest investment. Xeikon has proved itself to be a reliable and very capable partner and a move to their latest product was the only way for us to go."
stated James Lindsay, Managing Director of PeterLynn.
The Xeikon CX3 five-colour digital label press hardware offers variable substrate widths up to 330mm (13 inches). This latest machine now offers PeterLynn a top speed of 30 m/min (96 ft/min). The Xeikon CX3 is the most productive digital label press in its class, and offers all the other benefits that make Xeikon label presses unique. These include full rotary printing, a print resolution of true 1200 x 3600 dpi, toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact, and one pass opaque white toner.
Vicky Waine, Sales & Marketing Manager for PeterLynn, is delighted with the addition of the new digital press: "We have been regularly reaching production capacity on the Xeikon 3300 over the last few months. The additional capacity of the new press will be very welcome. The latest toners that we can use will also allow us to expand the range of work that we can produce. Because of the lower fusing temperatures of Xeikon's ICE toners, we can now work with PE materials, which are particularly heat sensitive. This will open the door for us to work with the flexible materials that are used for a lot of cosmetics products."
In addition to a growing business in cosmetics, PeterLynn also has strong relationships with a number of companies involved in the brewery sector - companies that the company has worked with since their very early days. "This has expanded more recently into the wider beverages market, including gin and wine suppliers," added Vicky. The ability to print one pass opaque white toner has been a key factor in PeterLynn choosing Xeikon.
UK uptake of the CX3 model
"We have been delighted with the UK uptake of the CX3 model. The ability of the machine to be more productive, print even higher quality images, as well as use a wider range of substrates than ever before is really appealing to label printers. Because our latest toners can fuse at lower temperature it means that we can work with thermal labels and thinner films. The team at PeterLynn have produced some very high quality labels on their Xeikon 3300 and the new press will give them the opportunity develop their production even further."
added Filip Weymans, VP Global Marketing at Xeikon.
Established in 1985, PeterLynn Ltd manufactures custom roll labels, plain paper labels, laser labels, tickets and tags. It provides a range of products for specific applications, including synthetic materials, write and seal labels, mobile printer labels, high temperature and cryogenic label products.
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. Grounded in the principles of quality, flexibility and sustainability, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilise LED-array-based electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high-resolution plate exposure combined with unique plate handling, flexibility and unmatched productivity
In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new "Digital Printing Solutions" division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.