Xeikon has launched its new QB toner range at Labelexpo in Chicago, which supersedes the QA-I and ICE toners for Xeikon 3000 series and Cheetah digital label presses and is aimed at keeping Xeikon ahead of regulatory changes.
The QB toner leaves out compounds that were formerly included, and are still currently allowed. According to Trevor Crowley, sales general manager at Xeikon Australia and New Zealand, Xeikon wants to make sure its toner continues to meet high sustainability and safety requirements.
"This toner is all about ensuring we stay ahead of any changes or upcoming changes around compliance of components, being pigments or resins, making sure they still fit within our safety and environmental criteria. Instead of waiting until changes happen, we want to get ahead of the game and make changes first," he said.
New Xeikon presses will ship with QB toner, and upgrades to existing units will be available from 2019. "The rollout will start in Europe, then the US, and we’ll look to manage the changeover in Australia and New Zealand next year, working closely with our customers to ensure a smooth transition with minimum fuss and minimum impact," said Crowley.
Xeikon's QB toner will be available in QB-I formulation for high-temperature fusing, and QB-IC and QB-CH formulations for low-temperature fusing. According to Filip Weymans, vice-president of marketing at Xeikon, the company wants to ensure its toner products stay up to date with regulations.
"Dry toner continues to be the preferred technology for digitally printing packaging that is food-safe. Xeikon is future-proofing these solutions by monitoring regulatory changes to ensure continued compliance," he said.
"Many label printers are already using Xeikon digital presses for food-related applications, and this new QB toner will ensure they stay at the forefront of regulatory compliance."