Tonejet, which has developed the Cyclone direct to object printer, has opened a new facility in Melbourn, Hertfordshire in the UK that will allow it to ramp up manufacturing for the Cyclone.
Tonejet has developed an electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engine for the Cyclone, which prints direct to drinks cans, which I’ve explained better here. As such it’s a cost-effective way of producing short runs such as seasonal specials, personalised marketing campaigns and special brand activations. The customers are mainly craft beverage brand-owners, contract fillers and packaging suppliers. The print results are excellent and of course it has all the advantages associated with digital in terms of fast turnaround and low waste.
The new facility also includes a demonstration area for the Cyclone in an end to end workflow that will allow customers to carry out direct-to-pack digital print demonstrations, trial runs and pre-production proofing. Tonejet also formulates its own consumables including pigmented inks on the nearby Melbourn Science Park.
Rob Day, CEO of Tonejet, commented: “The space is ideal both as an R&D hub and operational centre, allowing our ink chemists, printhead technologists and printer engineers to work alongside their colleagues in production and customer support – I don’t think we could have found a better home. The new 1300 square meter space has allowed us to add the necessary de-palletizer, curing oven and re-palletizer units to test and demonstrate a full, end-to-end can printing line, while allowing our customers to visualise exactly how our products fit into their operations and their businesses.”
You can find more information on Tonejet and its print engine at www.tonejet.com.