Nilpeter and FFEI to Provide High-Speed Digital Printing Solution
SLAGELSE, Denmark—Nilpeter in Denmark and UK-based FFEI have signed a development and distribution agreement, focused initially on the launch of a modular digital print solution for labels and narrow-web packaging using 4-color process UV inkjet technology. The solution, called Caslon, will be introduced at Labelexpo in Brussels. The first commercially available product will be in 330- and 420-mm web widths, with 508 mm and 559 mm available later.
Designed jointly by Nilpeter and FFEI, Caslon is based on a systems approach from FFEI, drawing on the company’s extensive software, color management and imaging experience. “From our origins as Fujifilm’s prepress imaging division, we have established a new business model based on working with best-in-class partners,” said Andy Cook, managing director of FFEI. “Nilpeter is the perfect choice to propagate our combined imaging expertise into label and packaging production. Few other companies have such an intimate understanding of these constantly evolving markets.”
In addition to integration of Nilpeter and FFEI technologies, Caslon uses the latest 1001 printheads from Xaar. The combination is expected to set new standards for digital printing in terms of productivity and flexibility in combination print processes. The end result is fast, on-demand delivery of high-quality print on a wide variety of substrates. The unit has been developed to meet the high demands of today’s industrial print environment. Focus has been given to robust design, which minimizes service and maintenance interventions, ensuring less press downtime.
“Our objective with the design was to provide a solution which can augment current pressroom capabilities, rather than need a separate printing environment and production workflow, which is required by most competitive digital solutions,” said Lars Eriksen, president and CEO of Nilpeter A/S.
Being modular in design, Caslon can be integrated into Nilpeter’s conventional flexo press lines or it can function as a stand-alone roll-to-roll system. In the former configuration, Caslon’s speed matches that of conventional units. For example, 4-color versioning of flexo printed labels or the addition of PMS colors to digital labels are both possible. Also, Caslon’s output can benefit from all of Nilpeter’s in-line, value-added options such as hot/cold foil, laminating, diecutting, embossing, punching, and sheeting.