Digital inkjet for packaging printing
From product protection, storage, handling and transportation to promotion and brand perception, the role of packaging is extremely diverse. Packaging printers and converters use a wide range of substrates such as PET, wood, paper, metal, foil, glass, and textiles to create everything from folding cartons, labels, sleeves and flexible packaging to drums, bottles, cans and other rigid containers.
Most modern packaging is printed using conventional analogue methods, but digital inkjet has the potential to revolutionise this part of the manufacturing process. Xaar printheads for the packaging industry facilitate cost-effective print runs and rapid production turnaround in what is a fast moving industry. One packaging sub-sector which has started to adopt Xaar technology is the direct-to-shape printing of cans, bottles, cylindrical shapes and other curved surfaces, other sub-sectors are labelling and coding & marking.