Digital printer manufacturer Xeikon has worked with adhesive coating and laminating specialist Flexcon to gain UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification for printing using Flexcon gloss top-coated polyester base films and laminates.

The certification enables Xeikon operators to expand their offerings in labels and packaging. Todd Blumsack, vice president of sales and marketing at Xeikon America, says, “The UL certification from Flexcon is yet another important milestone for Xeikon’s digital printing solutions for labels and packaging. Our solutions offer an unbeatable combination of safety, quality and productivity for label and packaging converters. Xeikon label and packaging presses, along with the dry toners they use, are the first and only toner-based products to receive this certification in combination with Flexcon materials. This certification allows Xeikon and Flexcon to use the UL mark on their products.”

Flexcon has built a strong relationship with UL, an internationally recognised safety science company. Flexcon works with equipment manufacturers and converters to simplify and expedite the UL compliance process. Blumsack says, “We were happy to leverage the expertise of the Flexcon team to help us meet the UL compliance requirements. Their team made this process easier and more streamlined.”

Xeikon’s dry toners, designed to work with the Xeikon 3000 Series and Xeikon CX3 digital colour presses, meet USFDA guidelines for food contact and don’t emit any volatile organic compounds. Xeikon says they have exceptionally high lightfastness ratings. Flexcon’s solvent based products also have USFDA compliance.

Ron Ducharme, product manager for Flexcon, says the Xeikon toners have been put through extensive testing to determine whether printed labels are durable enough to meet the UL safety requirements. He says, “To maintain their integrity, the labels have to be durable enough to last the life of the product. The fact that the toners from Xeikon were able to successfully withstand the testing was impressive. You can print the Xeikon toners on a film substrate, and it’s durable, which is significant for our industry.”

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