As part of its ongoing efforts to fully digitise print manufacturing, Xeikon is adding a selection of services to its existing Solutions & Services (XSS) and aXelerate programmes.

In the first instance, this will benefit customers in North America, where XBS and XPS will shortly be introduced.

Launching soon in North America, XBS –  Xeikon Business Services – can translate data in the Cloud from machine-to-machine and provide all the necessary and in-depth information on a dashboard that is available on any smartphone or device. With Xeikon XBS, printers and converters can check the performance of any press or piece of equipment at any time 24/7. They can check on efficiencies, costs and compare results.

XPS – Xeikon Performance Services – will be offered first in North America, and will be included as a standard for the first six months with all press investments. This is intended to help printers and converters identify which aspects of production need their attention. This software will highlight and visualise any key feature that need adjusting, including maintenance issues, training schedules or applications check. This service will be offered to support customers in their digital start-up phase. It will also provide Xeikon with the information needed to help their customers become operational faster when embarking on their digital journey.

In addition, the latest version of Xeikon Color Services (XCS) is noted as a ‘unique’ automated toolbox for the highest quality printed products. Extra capabilities within the Cloud-based XCS Pro 2.0 include full automation for on-the-fly profiling, colour profile monitoring, and adjusting. It is now possible on a Xeikon press to automatically recalibrate the colour profile when an issue arises. The operator is alerted automatically, and the problem is automatically escalated to the production manager if it persists. Importantly, XCS Pro 2.0 can now be used for making colour profiles on a variety of different platforms such as a flexo press, offset press, screen printing with digital or any competitors press. This extends what can currently be achieved and expands the variety of applications and materials that can be worked with.

These software and service developments build on Xeikon’s latest dry toner and inkjet digital printing innovations, as well as enhancements it has made to support and service customers in Greater China.

Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing at Xeikon, commented, ‘In the last year, Xeikon has launched several new innovations and products. Now, printers and converters are truly able to see our vision materialising and what that can mean for them. The careful build and structure of our portfolio is about to bear fruit, and we are now ready to present even more exciting innovations that will open up a way toward a digital future and ‘lights out’ production and manufacturing.

‘With our latest innovations, printers and converters will be able to address the current and future needs of print buyers and brand owners. Having clear insight into their production environments means they can monitor progress, and make quick and flexible decisions on the fly. This is why digitisation can be a game changer.

‘When we install the first digital press at a company’s site, we are with that company every step of their growth journey. They quickly realise the productivity, growth and profit benefits of implementing a fully automated digital print manufacturing process. Everyone knows that making changes in a company’s strategy and operations can be difficult. Xeikon stands as the go-to advisor for printers and converters looking to the future for their growth and sustainable profitability.