25 September 2013
Xeikon promises Trillium press in 2014
CHICAGO—In conjunction with Print 13, Xeikon is another company to provide a technology update, in this case the Trillium it demoed at Drupa.

The fully variable, liquid-toner based Trillium, according to Xeikon, will fill a gap the company has identified in the marketplace, namely between cutsheet toner devices and continuous-feed inkjet devices. Trillium is poised to deliver the best of both worlds: the quality of toner (or electrophotography) with the speed of inkjet, says the company.

The first Trillium press is slated for Beta delivery early next year

This is due in part to the qualities of the liquid toner, which was much hyped at Drupa. Xeikon says it will make its own toner in which particles are milled down to less than one micron thick by 1.5 to two microns wide—much smaller than dry toner—and are carried in a vapourless white oil that is extracted during the imaging process and recycled along with unused toner. This, in conjunction with imaging heads with resolutions of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi, promises to deliver exceptional quality.

Imaging is accomplished with LED technology, which, in addition to using less energy than laser imaging, means prints come out dry, allowing the system to handle more substrates than toner. Neither does it require the special coating or optimized papers that some inkjet systems do.

At Drupa, Xeikon showed a black-only product running at 60 metres per minute. The roll-fed press that’s promised for Beta delivery in the first quarter of 2014, is expected to run faster and in four colours, with an imaging width of 50 cm. At this time there are no plans for a cutsheet model. Commercialization in North America is expected next Fall.

Trillium will be positioned as an optimal choice for high-quality, long-run projects such as high-volume direct mail, transactional printing, books and catalogues, and magazines.

If you want to delve deeper into the technology, download the white paper.
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