Canon has announced its entry into the digital labels market with the Océ LabelStream 4000 series, an industrial-scale UV inkjet press with optional flexo printing, embellishment and finishing units. 

 

With this new digital Océ press, labels can be personalised and printed in small batches. Based on an average label size, the printer can produce 480 labels per minute, or 28,800 labels per hour.

 

Combining the virtues of UV inkjet printing with conventional technologies, the Océ LabelStream 4000 delivers value-add in terms of time, cost and value, enabling converters to select the best combination for any production requirement. 

 

At its core the Océ LabelStream 4000 series is a 5-colour UV inkjet press (CMYK and white) with a print speed of 48 m/min. It offers print widths of 330 mm (13”) or 410 mm (16”) and an optional performance mode of 68 m/min for less demanding print jobs. Providing a one-pass digital high opacity white of more than 80% at standard press speed the opacity of analogue printing technologies such as rotary screen and flexo can be matched.

 

 

The new press also has a key role to play in the wider company strategy, as Crit Driessen, Vice President & Head of Digital Packaging PPP, explains: “Océ is keen to break into forward-looking markets, and industrial packaging printing offers excellent opportunities for new revenue streams. Digital products currently account for only a relatively small part of this market worldwide, but the share is expected to grow rapidly. We are confident that market players will appreciate the Océ LabelStream’s productivity and customising abilities as a way to add value to label printing.”

The Océ LabelStream 4000 series is expected to be available in Europe in Q4 2018.