Tonejet and Rockwell Automation to exhibit direct to shape digital printing at Interpack 2017

  • Digital machine for short-to-medium run 2-piece cans
  • See the direct to can digital printer at interpack 2017 (Stand A61, Hall 6)

March 2017 – Tonejet, the only manufacturer of advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines, today announces a collaboration with Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information. The collaboration will see a demonstration 2-piece direct to shape Can Decorator at interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf (4-10 May). Tonejet will demonstrate how its Digital 2-piece Can Decorator, complete with the Rockwell Automation iTRAK® system, enables efficient and profitable printing directly onto cans.

This production machine unites Tonejet’s unique digital print engine with the innovative iTRAK intelligent transport system created by Rockwell Automation. Combining linear and rotary motion, iTRAK delivers a flexible, fully integrated solution that helps machine designers achieve a new paradigm in packaging and handling efficiency and throughput. Tonejet’s Can Decorator utilises this system to accurately transport the cans during the print process and ensure a high-quality finish.

“Direct to shape printing technologies are gaining considerable industry attention and rightly so,” comments Marvin Foreman, Sales Manager, Tonejet. “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 Tonejet Digital 2-Piece Can Decorator, with integrated Rockwell Automation iTRAK transport system, will be on show throughout interpack 2017 in Hall 6, demonstrating the many advantages of direct to shape digital beverage can printing.

The Tonejet digital printer allows beverage packaging producers to respond quickly to customer demand by enabling images to be printed continuously onto subsequent cans, without stopping production to change plates or inks. Efficient production techniques give beverage packaging virtually limitless personalisation opportunities and beverage producers can respond quickly to seasonal or regional trends with varied product offerings.

Tonejet is a member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program as an OEM Program Participant, Partner Level. Members of the Rockwell Automation OEM Program demonstrate a commitment to offer high-quality, innovative machines and equipment that help manufacturers improve business agility, optimize automation and motion infrastructure, as well as effective interoperability with the safety system, other automation assets within the line and the enterprise solution at the plant.

About Tonejet

Tonejet is a powerful digital print technology designed exclusively to meet these needs and is leading the way in digital printing innovation. The business is particularly proud of its ground-breaking electrostatic drop-on-demand print head, which can produce cost-effective, high-quality images at high speeds on virtually any type of substrate without the need for pre-coating.

Tonejet Limited is part of TTP Group, Europe’s leading technology development and licensing company. This means the company is perfectly placed to offer unrivalled industry expertise, combining a professional service with superior products.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people, serving customers in more than 80 countries.


Nicole O’Donoghue
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Marvin Foreman
Tel: +44(0) 1763 266566

Rockwell Automation
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