Digital printing on cans promoted in Canada

The first company to offer direct-to-can digital printing services for the beverage sector in North America using Tonejet technology has opened its doors to demonstrate its capabilities.

Solucan last year installed the Cyclone printing system at a purpose-built facility in Trois-Rivières, Canada.

The Tonejet system makes use of an electrostatic drop-on-demand print head that can produce cost-effective, high-quality images at high speeds on almost any type of substrate.

After successful tests, on 14 February Solucan hosted a press conference for the local media, to announce the flexibility and cost benefits of direct-to-can digital printing compared with using shrink-sleeved cans and pressure-sensitive labels. The event was also attended by officials of the provincial and federal government.

“The installation went as smoothly as we could’ve hoped,” said Solucan president Sebastien Baril. “We’ve had tons of interest from around the world already and this event gave us the platform to demonstrate to our local audience the full capabilities of Tonejet’s direct-to-pack digital beverage can printer.

“We consider the Cyclone a total game-changer and the backbone of Solucan’s offering – the quality is second to none and the ability to print using a food-safe process is key. Next, we will work with Tonejet to expand our geographical footprint.” 

Since installation in December last year, the Cyclone has produced hundreds of thousands of cans in batches ranging from 48 cans up to 165,000.

“We’re thrilled to see Solucan up and running,” said UK-based Tonejet chief executive Rob Day. “Our teams have worked very closely together to complete the project and we will continue to support Solucan as they move through this next phase.” 

With the Cyclone system, Solucan is providing local beverage providers with a printing system that anticipates changes to the regulations around packaging. Food quality inks further minimise the environmental impact of the digitally printed cans.