Xeikon launches TITON technology for sustainable paper-based packaging

Xeikon launches TITON technology for sustainable paper-based packaging

By Retail4Growth Office | April 04, 2022

Xeikon announced TITON technology, a new toner formulation offering all the benefits of UV inks without the drawbacks and a sustainable solution to support the use of paper-based food packaging.

To meet industry needs for sustainable printing methods and environmentally friendly packaging production, Xeikon, Xeikon, a division of Flint Group and a leader in digital printing technology, announced TITON technology, a new toner formulation offering all the advantages of UV inks without the disadvantages.

“The flexible packaging market is moving towards more sustainable paper-based solutions in response to strong consumer demand for plastic-free alternatives,” said Frank Jacobs, Market Intel & Senior Product Manager. “With the new TITON technology, Xeikon offers a sustainable solution for a variety of unexplored and broader applications to fully support brand owners, designers and printers wishing to increase their use of paper-based packaging for products. food.”

The company is planning live demonstrations of the technology at the upcoming Xeikon Café Europe, April 26-28

Food safe and odorless

TITON builds on the core value of Xeikon dry toner technology which, due to the absence of liquid (moving) components, is the most food safe technology in the digital landscape, even with only paper like main functional barrier. As it is also completely odorless and tasteless, it will not affect the customer experience when the product is consumed. These key characteristics make TITON toner suitable for a wide range of indirect and direct food contact applications.

TITON toner also impresses with its excellent resistance to scuffs and scratches, water, sunlight, high temperatures and a large number of liquid chemicals, without any type of protective layers such as varnishing or lamination. An important feature is the ability to withstand heat sealing temperatures of up to 220-260°C (428-500°F), which is crucial for maintaining package integrity and product protection.

As brand owners continue to convert film-based packaging to paper, TITON can be used to print many types of flexible food packaging. It can be used for papers coated on one side for bags, pouches and sachets, or on both sides for packaging such as bakery products, confectionery, sugar, flour, herbs and spices, coffee and tea.

Enabling brand owners to switch to recyclable paper-based packaging places TITON technology in a revolutionary position in the digital printing landscape, and gives printers the ability to expand their capabilities into applications that could not previously processed with digital, in addition to their conventional flexo presses. .

“With the migration to paper-based packaging printing, the demand on the printing technology has become more stringent in terms of food safety without a plastic functional barrier or plastic lamination to protect the print itself. “, says Jacobs.

Improved OEE

The ability to print directly onto paper substrates without varnish or lamination, inline or offline, has a significant impact on the overall equipment efficiency (OEE) of the digital printing operation.

Varnishing and laminating require additional setup time and create more waste in the process. Additionally, water-based varnishes used for food safety require a significant amount of maintenance, reducing productive uptime. Lamination can also negatively affect the recyclability of packaging. TITON toner is the only digital solution able to address this market without the time and cost implications of additional surface processes, improving speed to market, profitability and productivity.

The first digital press model to use TITON technology will be the Xeikon CX500t, a new member of the CHEETAH series. Adding more capacity to the successful 508 mm (20 inch) wide machine, with new toner technology, allows converters to expand their reach and enter new market segments.

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