The manufacturer said Alpine’s flexible outer layer enabled it to produce “smooth and consistent” print on uneven and textured media, such as recycled board stocks.

The Alpine fuser drum is part of the manufacturer’s Folding Carton Suite of products and will be available as an option on the two 508mm-wide presses in the 3000 Series: the 3050 and the 3500. It will also be available as a retrofittable option to existing machines.

Xeikon product manager director Jeroen Van Bauwel said: “The Alpine fuser drum has a softer, rubber-like coating, which can adapt to the form of the surface and create a uniform look and feel on challenging substrates.

“It widens the range of carton materials that can be printed within the Xeikon Folding Carton Suite.”

Dorel Negru, general manager of Alpine beta test site C&M Packing in Romania, said: “The Alpine 516 fuser drum has really enabled us to widen the application range of our Xeikon 3500 digital press, which will help us to grow our business. We are quite impressed with the range of extra substrates that we can print with very good quality.”