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Océ LabelStream 4000 series receives print quality and performance upgrade

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Canon has announced new print modes and performance upgrades for its highly versatile Oce LabelStream 4000 series. Print resolutions of up to 1080 dpi and print speeds of up to 75 metres per minute allow label converters to expand their application range while increasing throughput and minimising turnaround times. The new top speed in combination with a 16” digital print width result in productivity of up to 1845 m2 per hour.

The Oce LabelStream 4000 series, an industrial scale four or five colour UV inkjet press (CMYK and white) targeted at the production of self-adhesive labels, now offers two upgraded print modes: Quality, and Performance. Label converters can choose the right combination of quality and efficiency for the profitable production of short to medium runs. The press is available as a digital only reel to reel configuration and can expand to a full hybrid configuration with a custom mix of additional flexo, embellishment and finishing units, turning it into a fully integrated single pass label conversion line to meet various demands and budgets.

Crit Driessen, vice president and head of Digital Packaging, commented: ‘Since the launch of the Oce LabelStream 4000 series in 2018, we have been actively driving the quality and performance of the technology to boost productivity and to support customers in addressing a broader range of self-adhesive labels. The latest improvements follow Canon’s philosophy to provide efficient inkjet production solutions for highest net output in all markets served.’

The newly introduced Quality mode offers a resolution of 720 x 1080 dpi at a print speed of 50 metres per minute, enabling excellent reproduction of fine details, smooth tones, vibrant colours and solid areas for a wide range of label designs and substrates.

For label converters seeking the white opacity of conventional rotary screen printing, a one pass digital white opacity of up to 80% can be achieved at a slightly reduced speed providing a cost efficient alternative to lengthy set up processes and expensive screens. Together with the highly pigmented Oce LabelStream inks and the high ink laydown capabilities of the advanced Xaar 2001 printhead technology, the new print mode can reproduce a Pantone colour gamut of 94% with CMYK.

With the improved Performance mode, which attains a top print speed of 75 metres per minute at a resolution of 720 x 720 dpi, label converters can achieve maximum throughput and production efficiency.

In combination with the 16 inch print width, the Oce LabelStream 4000 series delivers a high level of integration and automation, short make ready times and excellent reliability.

The Oce LabelStream 4000 series will be on show at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels, Belgium, from September 24 to 27, 2019.

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