.Xeikon has unveiled new software designed to support faster, more effective production.
The company says its latest X-800 version improves allows companies to process more jobs faster with minimal human intervention, which improves accuracy, ensures repeatability and reduces errors.
Jeroen Van Bauwel, Xeikon’s director product of management says, “We work closely with our customers and this latest version has been developed after listening to their needs. They want peace of mind that results from assured accuracy, consistency and greater productivity.
“We have created the X-800 5.0 with our four cornerstones of development in mind: improvements in colour quality; moving closer to green button printing; helping facilitate management; and integration with the customer’s environment. We always look to provide additional ways to positively impact these areas.”
He adds that the new ColorForecast tool allows custom or brand colours to be reproduced correctly time after time no matter what the final substrate is. He says, “Everyone wants to meet the set expectations by producing the correct colour. With ColorForecast, this can be achieved in the prepress. It predicts if the file will print to the desired results. It can test and verify if the colour will match output. This reduces set up times and waste. Customers don’t have to print, check, send samples, wait for a response, modify settings, and then print again. It can all be done offline.
“Without printing anything, our customers can be sure it will match. It predicts the output without having to waste time. Customers want to be able to print on different substrates with confidence in the colour reproduction. They know what they will get.”
Xeikon says another feature, enabled by re-designing the calibration process, ensures Xeikon presses get up to quality faster and provides immediate operator feedback on the engine’s status providing perfect quality output. Van Bauwel says, “We are very good in having stable output but with this new, incremental, calibration we can create the curve faster and more accurately. As a result, Xeikon presses canget up to quality faster improving machine throughput and efficiency.”
Xeikon has developed shuffle imposition, which allows mixed label production. The company says this saves an extra step and time in prepress and end-users to more creativity in promotional campaigns by enabling the easy combination of designs and variable information.
Van Bauwel adds, “This has a very positive impact on profitability margins. We see set up waste in finishing reduced from 17 per cent to 12 per cent by integrating this X-800 workflow with its MIS environment. This equated to a 30 per cent waste reduction.
“By fine tuning the whole process waste of expensive substrates is reduced and press time is maximised.”
Xeikon will release the X-800 5.0 at the beginning of 2017 and will make it available for all MyPress-based engines