UK-based Tonejet has partnered with industrial automation and information specialist Rockwell Automation to demonstrate direct-to-shape digital printing on cans at the upcoming Interpack event in Germany.

As part of the new partnership, Tonejet will demonstrate how its Digital 2-piece Can Decorator, along with the Rockwell Automation iTRAK system, enables efficient and profitable printing directly onto cans.

The Digital 2-piece Can Decorator integrates Tonejet’s digital print engine with Rockwell Automation’s iTRAK intelligent transport system.

The machine uses the iTRAK system, which features linear and rotary motion, to accurately move the cans during the print process and to provide a high-quality finish.

Tonejet Sales Manager Marvin Foreman “Direct-to-shape printing technologies are gaining considerable industry attention and rightly so.

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“Converters are looking to adapt existing workflows to meet new customer demands while maintaining profitability.”

“Consumer habits have changed considerably, and run lengths are lower than ever, with various product offerings on the shelf at any one time. Converters are looking to adapt existing workflows to meet new customer demands while maintaining profitability.

“The Tonejet with iTRAK system addresses these issues, providing a digital workflow with the flexibility required for small batch can production.”

The company also noted that its Digital 2-Piece Can Decorator helps beverage packaging producers to quickly and continuously print images onto cans, without stopping production to change plates or inks.

Tonejet currently provides an electrostatic drop-on-demand print head, which can produce cost-effective, high-quality images on different substrate types, without pre-coating.

Image: Tonejet’s Digital 2-piece Can Decorator. Photo: courtesy of Tonejet – Digital Printing Solutions for Packaging.