A new Cyclone C4+ Press featuring a new Tonejet Can Primer system has been installed at Canadian can-printing leader Solucan (Trois-Rivieree, Quebec) to meet increased demand for no-minimum-order can printing in both 12-ounce and 16-ounce formats. Tonejet is a manufacturer of advanced electrostatic, drop-on-demand inkjet digital print engines. As the world’s first customer for Tonejet’s Cyclone C4 direct-to-pack digital beverage can printer in 2019, the Quebec can printing specialist revolutionised the Canadian market for production of high quality, cost effective can printing with no minimum run length.
The addition of the new Tonejet Cyclone C4+, used for decoration of beverage cans will support huge demand from local craft brewers and beverage producers for 100% recyclable direct-printed cans in short runs. Solucan’s second-generation Cyclone also has a host of new features including a bright white-primer providing outstanding colour contrast on either bright or white blank cans. Unlike competing UV inkjet systems, Tonejet’s equipment prints onto cans from any source without any pre-cleaning or other treatment being required.
Sebastien Baril, President at Solucan, added: “Market reaction to our Tonejet technology has been phenomenal. Customers routinely tell us how affordable and sustainable it is to produce cans in short runs, featuring stunning print quality and full personalized/variable data. This technology is transforming their businesses and driving growth. With recent shortages of white blanks, the new primer enables us to produce our own within the Cyclone system itself, eliminating the time and costs associated with sourcing and cleaning cans. A second machine also means that production can continue on both 12-ounce and 16-once formats simultaneously.”