Germany-based packaging firm Krones has developed the DecoType direct printing system for plastic containers made of PET, PP or PE.
DecoType allows users to print on uneven surfaces, offering more scope for individualised design compared to dressing containers in labels.
According to Krones, the technology is suitable for supporting marketing campaigns and product launches, enabling users to react swiftly to changes and emergent trends on the market.
The new equipment can achieve up to 200mm printing heights using UV inks. It is suitable for firms operating in the drinks, household and cosmetics sectors.
DecoType allows a picture template to be converted into a printed image. Variable data such as barcodes can also be easily integrated all the way through for individual product tracking.
It also features integrated printing units with ink supply and automatic pushbutton adjustment for easy change-overs, a pushbutton-controlled cleaning process, ink top-ups, and arc emitters for UV-drying of the printed containers.
Krones further noted that the digital technology avoids overproduction of labels, eliminates the use of label adhesives and reduces storage costs.
The company has also revealed its plan to apply DecoType technology for direct printing on glass containers.
Image: Krones DecoType technology allows users to print on uneven surfaces. Photo: courtesy of Krones AG.