Eede, Netherlands, 25 January 2018 – German digital printer PPS. Imaging GmbH has invested in a Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite, including a Xeikon 8500 digital printing system with an X-800 front end and two CMS/WMF walldeco finishing units. The company took the decision towards the end of 2017 in order to service the growing creative market for personalised wallpaper for hotels, cafés, offices, trade shows, events and homes. Installation is due to be completed by the end of March 2018.
“We believe that there is further growth opportunity in the interior design market,” says Axel Mausolf, Managing Director at PPS. Imaging GmbH. “Our recent takeover of klebefieber.de, an online shop for customised wall decoration and home design ideas, has provided us with a strong additional sales channel for products we can produce with the Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite. We create products using the wide variety of materials the machine can work with, offering an endless range of design possibilities that have a ‘wow’ factor, such as turning a conference room into a wine cellar, antiquity-themed wall designs for museums, or a lounge that appears to be in the middle of a forest.”
For PPS. Imaging, this is the second Xeikon 8500 one-pass-duplex solution in a four-colour configuration for single-sided or perfecting printing in a single pass. The company invested in its first Xeikon 8500 Wall Decoration Suite three years ago at Heimtextil, due to the higher productivity and increased volume it enables for this growth market. As demand for these wall covering solutions grew, the existing equipment was no longer able to cope with production capacity, and a second system was needed.
“We achieved very good results with the first press,” Mausolf says. “Its sophisticated technology and its reliability drove the decision to purchase the new finishing unit as an add-on for the existing press as well. We were aiming to increase service and parts inventory efficiency, as well as run both Xeikon digital printing systems to the same technical standards.”
For the final production step, the first Xeikon 8500 was fitted with an offline Tecnau cutting system for cutting the wallpaper to the desired roll width and a Fotoba winding system. These two external finishing devices are now being replaced with a Xeikon CMS/WMF inline finishing solution. It cuts and rewinds the wallpaper inline, producing a fully completed wallpaper roll that is ready for packaging and shipping. The inline process drastically reduces manual operations and creates a more efficient overall process, from receipt of a PDF file to the finished product.
The Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite is a unique end-to-end solution, comprised of a Xeikon 8500 digital printer, environmentally-friendly toner, an efficient workflow and various inline finishing devices. It can handle a number of different materials, including the FSC®-certified nonwoven wallpapers deployed by PPS. Imaging. PPS. Imaging is an example of how this production solution can meet the demands of the interior design market for large print runs with fast throughput, as well as efficiently produce the smaller, customised runs that are increasingly in demand.
PPS. Imaging: Finest Digital Printing Company
The company was founded by Professor Grundlach as a national photo lab in 1971 and has become one of the leading European printing services providers of wide-format digital print, including the production of displays and bespoke wallpaper. Today, PPS. Imaging operates at nine locations in three countries: Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Bochum, Dresden, Stuttgart and Munich in Germany; Weesp near Amsterdam in the Netherlands; and Hungerford in the UK. With locations near customers and local representatives, target audiences can be serviced in line with the company’s motto of ‘creating visibility’. PPS. Imaging lends visibility to brands and products by blending state-of-the-art technology with traditional craftsmanship and the desire for constant innovation in wide-format printing for b2b customers and consumers alike.
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 printing machines work with different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces plate makers for newspaper offset 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. 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 consumables for the printing industry. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, press room chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. The Flint Group is based in Luxembourg and employs around 7900 people. It is the world's largest or second largest supplier in all its main market segments.