The main advantage of DecoType is that it can print directly onto common packaging plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE). This will remove the need for brands and converters to use labels, when seeking to use digital print for coding or on-pack marketing.
Any personalised or versionalised promotional data can be added to plastic bottles up to a print height of up to 200mm using the DecoType inkjet machine. It is being supplied with Multicroma UV inks, also formulated by Krones. These may be used to build up decorative tactile effects on the surface of a container.
Besides creating new opportunities in short-run print jobs, converters will be able to cut changeover times and the volume of label stock and adhesives they hold with DecoType.
The German developer reports it is also targeting glass bottles – another packaging with limited inkjet options – for a future extension of the DecoType concept.