Eede, the Netherlands, 25 September, 2018 – Xeikon’s Panther technology has achieved UL certification in combination with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is an internationally recognised safety science company. This certification allows Xeikon and FLEXcon to use the UL mark on their products.
Xeikon's Panther technology is specifically designed to work with its Panther series of presses the PX3000 and PX2000. The UV-inkjet presses use PantherCure UV inks that offer a glossy, tactile finish and eliminate the need to varnish specific substrates, while offering great durability and chemical, mechanical resistance.
The durability of PantherCure UVinks for scuff, scratch, chemical, temperature and sunlight meets the needs for customers in the health and beauty, household, chemical and industrial markets. This certification confirms that the UVink is also suite for some of the most demand durable labels used in automotive, electronics, etc. It helps widen the diverse market for self-adhesive label applications including digitally printed labels, previously produced on UV flexo or screen-print, where a glossy appearance and tactile look and feel is desired, or a high durability requirement for respectively the health and beauty and industrial end-use.
The Xeikon PX3000 has been certified with FLEXcon’s pressure-sensitive film product line
FLEXcon, which has built a strong relationship with UL, works with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and converters to simplify and expedite the UL compliance process.
Ron Ducharme, Market Development for FLEXcon, said Xeikon’s Panther technology has been put through extensive testing to determine whether the printed labels are durable enough to meet the UL safety requirements. He states: "Labels have to be durable enough to last the life of the product and the Panther technology performed well on film under rigorous conditions.”
“Our Panther technology and PantherCure UV ink have been developed in response industry demand and to meet the needs of brand owners and label converters," said Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Marketing. "It is part of our strategy to create the broadest digital print production portfolio supported by the most dedicated and responsive converting, workflow and service solutions. We have added the dedicated UV inkjet press Panther Series to our portfolio, supported by additional post press protection (e.g. varnish or laminates), to better serve today’s demanding market requirements. It is another example of our dedication and delivering products which are designed for specific end-use market. We are delighted that UL agrees and look forward to helping customers further meet end user demands with industry tested and certified solutions.”
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 different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
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 colourant 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.
ABOUT FLEXcon COMPANY INC.:
FLEXcon Company, Inc. is a global leader in coated and laminated films and adhesives used in graphics applications, manufactured goods and new products. For over 60 years, FLEXcon has provided a collaborative, consultative approach to deliver unique solutions that help customers achieve better business results. FLEXcon is a trusted partner to a wide range of companies from printers and fabricators to engineers and designers developing products for existing and emerging markets. Headquartered in Spencer, Mass., the company has operations throughout North America and Europe with distribution worldwide. For more information, visit www.flexcon.com, follow FLEXcon on Twitter @FLEXcon, or call 1-508-885-8200.