The battle for digital high volume webfed printing at drupa 2016 continues as Xeikon announces its addition to the pantheon: the Trillium One.

The Xeikon Trillium’s liquid toner technology, first shown at at drupa 2012, uses the same concept as the HP Indigo, although Xeikon says the Trillium will have significant differences.

The Trillium One four-colour press for showing at drupa can run at 60mpm at 1200dpi, with a print width of 500mm. The mechanical engineering comes from Miyakoshi, who also provides the chassis for the proposed Ryobi digital press.

drupa: Xeikon's new Trillium One four-colour press

drupa: Xeikon’s new Trillium One four-colour press

The liquid toner ink – branded Tonnik – comes in 10kg tubs. Manufactured at Xeikon’s existing toner plant, it uses a modified version of the process used to make its dry toners.

Xeikon had hoped to place a beta machine in a French print house last year, but that didn’t work out so it has run jobs for the customer from its Belgium headquarters. Xeikon will take orders later this year and have the press available to install in third quarter 2017.

Xeikon calls Trillium One the missing link in the industry for high volume direct marketing materials and publishing such as catalogues. It will demonstrate many of these applications during drupa 2016.A Trillium theatre on the booth will stage five live daily demos.

Designed to produce volumes of between five million and 15 million A4 pages per month, the Trillium uses high resolution imaging heads and toner particle size of less than two microns. Xeikon says it enables jobs with high ink coverage in excess of 40 – 60 per cent that it says are currently uneconomic using inkjet printing. designed to produce volumes of between five million and 15 million A4 pages per month.

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