Xeikon and Prism Enter Into Business Partnership

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wilmington, MA and Itasca, IL -- Xeikon, legendary for pioneering the first digital color presses, and Prism, a leading developer of MIS/ERP software products for the graphic arts industry, today announced that the two companies have entered into a joint referral partnership program. Through the partnership, Xeikon will be able to offer Prism’s management information solutions to key vertical markets, including labels and packaging.

Prism’s industrial strength offerings for the graphic arts industry scale from entry-level for small organizations to comprehensive offerings for multi-plant businesses. Prism WIN and QTMS are especially relevant for the unique requirements of label converters with installations around the world. Through bi-directional, real-time communication between Xeikon’s X-800 Digital Front-End and Prism’s MIS software, label converters will now be able to manage mission critical aspects of their business, such as job quoting and costing through production planning, inventory management, materials ordering, sales order processing and financial accounts. As Prism’s offerings can also be integrated with traditional printing technologies, label converters can extend relevant planning measurements to their entire production floor across all of their output devices.

“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with Prism,” said Michael V. Ring, Vice President of Sales & Chief Marketing Officer of Xeikon’s North American operations. “Prism is an industry leader in fully integrated and open MIS solutions. Through this partnership, our aim is to help label converters maximize their efficiency by successfully integrating the full gamut of their business functions.”

According to Leland Morgan, General Manager of Prism North America, “By forming this mutual alliance with Xeikon, we will be able to further expand the value-proposition of the Xeikon 3300/3000 digital color label presses and help label converters grow their business. We are looking forward to working in close coordination with the Xeikon team.”
The Xeikon 3300, which was unveiled at drupa 2008, represents a quantum leap in label print quality, offering true 1200 dpi at four bits per spot. With a top speed of 63 feet per minute and a monthly duty cycle of 2,300,000 feet, it is an extremely fast digital color label press, particularly suited for short to medium print runs and just-in-time jobs. The Xeikon 3000 represents the entry-level counterpart of the Xeikon 3300. It is a perfect fit for label converters who are eager to enter digital printing but do not need the high speed and productivity of the Xeikon 3300 just yet. It is also an ideal press for label converters wanting to focus on niche applications such as paperboard packaging or textile transfer printing. With a top speed of 31.5 feet per minute and a monthly duty cycle of 1,500,000 feet, the Xeikon 3000 allows label converters to master digital printing at a more leisurely pace. The Xeikon 3000 can be upgraded to the Xeikon 3300 once the user is ready to go to the next level.