Xeikon to launch flatbed die-cut unit

Digital colour print solutions developer Xeikon will unveil its newly developed flatbed die-cut unit for digital and offset print, the Xeikon FDU, at drupa. Created to aid efficient end-to-end printing and converting for folding carton printers, the Flatbed Die-cut Unit is designed for nearline finishing of digital work, but can also accommodate offset litho runs. Jeroen Van Bauwel, Xeikon product management director, comments, “The Xeikon FDU enables converters to rapidly finish quick turnaround jobs in a cost effective way. This approach streamlines throughput, eliminates bottlenecks, improves production flexibility and increases overall plant capacity. Sheets are accurately and automatically registered for precise cutting and creasing without the need for time-consuming set-ups.

New at drupa: Xeikon flatbed die cut unit

New at drupa: Xeikon flatbed die cut unit

Van Bauwel continues, “There was a real gap in the market for an easy, affordable and fast-set-up solution to handle the growing volume of short run, fast turnaround jobs. A key benefit of the used technology is its ability to support smaller dies and counter plates for a more cost effective production. The fact that no nicks are needed between cartons is a valuable proposition for pharma and cosmetic boxes. It is also capable of embossing, which allows printers to offer value added services, including Braille.” This 2000-sheet-per-hour flatbed system handles sheet sizes from 400 x 400mm up to 530 x 1000mm and a maximum die cut size of 490 x 700mm. Substrate thickness can range from 160 to 890 micron for paper and carton board and also microflute corrugated board can be finished, making it well suited for completing offset as well as digital runs. Van Bauwel concludes: “The Xeikon FDU completes our Folding Carton Suite. Bringing this product to market illustrates our continued investments in technologies that focus on meeting the needs of our customers. Visitors to our stand at drupa will see first-hand how the Flatbed Die-cut Unit can benefit their businesses at a compelling price point that is unmatched in the industry.”

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