Xeikon has developed fleXflow, a new production line for printing and constructing inline digital pouches.

The line is driven by the X-800 DFE, which precedes a CX500 dry toner press for printing, an LCoat500 for thermal lamination, then inline pouch construction.

UK printer CS Labels has previously pioneered digital pouch production using dry toner technology, for which it has won awards. CS Labels is also shortlisted for the inaugural European Converter of the Year award.

fleXflow is presented at Labelexpo Europe 2019, where Xeikon is participating in the Flexible Packaging Arena. It will show text and graphics being digitally printed onto the thermal laminate, preparing the outside layer ready for the construction of the pouch with a series of barriers before the manufacturing process.

Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing, said, ‘This is an opportunity for our customers and visitors to see live demos of full pouch production on our Xeikon CX500 press using dry toner technology with full food safety compliance. Xeikon is at the forefront of digital printing technology continually monitoring the trends and guiding our customers towards new revenue streams to create new business.

‘We have developed Xeikon fleXflow for stand-up pouch production to answer the growing consumer trend for ‘on-the-go’ consumption of food and drinks. Xeikon continues to address the converters’ needs for profitable short runs and fast turnarounds, variable data printing in full colour and a wide application range.

‘Brand owners looking for a diversity of containers for their products are drawn to the pouches’ ability to stand and stack, their lightweight and their sustainability. This new application development is taking digital production to the highest levels.’

He continued, ‘Xeikon continues to develop new innovations for diverse markets to meet today’s challenging and fast moving world of consumerism. Our fleXflow pouch production line using our dry toner technology will deliver assurances on food safety, consistency and give an equal finish to offset (and screen) and to flexo when colour matching is required. Xeikon is dedicated to providing its customers with only the very best products and services.’