Sun Chemical Partnership Results In New Proofing Solution For Cans


Sun Chemical has announced a partnership with CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH to introduce a metal deco digital proofing solution for two-piece beverage cans. CGS is a global leader in colour management, digital proofing and specially formulated media.

Accroding to Iñaki Llona, global champion metal deco inks, Sun Chemical, ‘Sun Chemical is always working to support its customers in the metal packaging industry by providing new solutions that will help them to be more competitive and this innovation is a new addition to the solutions the company is bringing to market to enable a digital colour management workflow via its 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.’

This unique, innovative digital proofing solution, part of Sun Chemical’s DigiProof service within its SunColorBox colour management toolkit, will enable can makers, designers and brand owners to dispense with physical aluminium wet proofs and to significantly reduce the length of the packaging design process – from weeks to just days.

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, which have just been launched by X-Rite Incorporated, Pantone LLC and Sun Chemical, 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 aluminium can with a gloss varnish finish.

Consisting of over 4000 achieveable colour options, the metal deco libraries – one for opaque and one for transparent applications – provide realistic targets that enable can makers 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.

Llona continues, ‘Having created the metal deco PantoneLIVE libraries, we then worked with CGS to link the libraries to their software to offer the market a unique solution that can produce a digital inkjet simulation of PantoneLIVE metal deco colours and immediately print them on-demand from the CGS system. This is a huge leap forward in terms of metal deco proofing as historically the creation of a digital inkjet representation of a PantoneLIVE colour has invariably involved printing multiple iterations before the best match has been achieved. In developing the PantoneLIVE library, Sun Chemical and Pantone have completed all that work in advance and delivered a pre-iterated database that is plug and play and removes the variable of subjective interpretation. So when a customer picks a PantoneLIVE digital colour from the CGS system and prints it, they can be confident that it will be an accurate, simulation of the PantoneLIVE metal deco standard.’

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.’


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