Sun Chemical has collaborated with CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH to provide a metal deco digital proofing solution for two-piece beverage cans.
The solution will enable canmakers, designers and brand owners to dispense with physical aluminum wet proofs and to significantly reduce the length of the packaging design process – from weeks to just days. This unique digital proofing solution is part of Sun Chemical’s DigiProof service within its SunColorBox colour management toolkit.
“This innovation is a new addition to the solutions we’re bringing to market to enable a digital colour management workflow via our SunColorBox. With the launch of this digital proofing solution, which can create colour-correct and designed samples without the need to print on a can, customers will have far greater creative options because of the very short time and low cost required to produce the colour-accurate digital prints. Designs can be created in one location and digitally printed at multiple locations across the world, without the need for slow and costly couriers to convey physical print samples. As a result, they will be able to develop new designs in much less time and radically reduce the overall time to market for new products,” said Iñaki Llona, Global Champion Metal Deco Inks, Sun Chemical.
The solution comprises CGS ORIS software linked to two new metal deco dependent colour libraries for PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based, digital colour standard ecosystem. The two libraries were developed by capturing the closest achievable match to the master PANTONE Formula Guide Coated colours that can be produced by applying metal deco ink onto an aluminum can with a gloss varnish finish.
Consisting of over 4,000 achieveable colour options, the metal deco libraries – one for opaque and one for transparent applications – provide realistic targets that enable canmakers to address common challenges in the application of Pantone colour directly onto reflective two-piece beverage cans. The libraries also help beverage manufacturers and brand owners set expectations for producing achievable PantoneLIVE digital colour standards on two-piece cans.
Heiner Mueller, CGS Key Account Director Europe, said: “For many years now the ORIS packaging product offerings have been the solutions of choice of key players in the industry. Apart from specific colour management software, CGS has developed a gamut extending ink set and corresponding custom media, which are solely aimed at the requirements of the packaging market. We are excited to cooperate closely with a partner like Sun Chemical to create a standard for metal decoration, which is probably the most challenging segment in the packaging industry.”