Italy based Moss and Xeikon (a division of Punch Graphix) have jointly developed a solution that will enable printers to decorate pre-printed images on round, conical, rectangular, square plastic pails and containers, even on short runs like 500.

“The solution lets printers decorate various-shaped pails and containers in two simple steps," said Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s business development manager-labels & packaging.

"First, one of the Xeikon web presses prints the exact number of transfers required for the decoration. Then the roll of printed transfers is fed into the MOSS digital decorating system, which applies transfers to pails or containers via heat transfer. The result is an opacity and image quality that’s superior to what direct offset printing can produce. And for applications that need extra durability, an in-line varnishing unit can be incorporated into the MOSS transfer machine.”

The new solution eliminates the need to create complicated graphic jobs or prepare screens or plates say company officials.

"Machine set-up time is fast on the Xeikon presses, eliminating the long make-ready times required by traditional methods, and reducing the high fixed costs associate with conventional set-ups that make short runs unaffordable.

"With the Xeikon presses, the cost per image remains at the same cost-effective level regardless of the quality produced. The digital decorating system enables production at approximately 18 ppm with a round 10L pail, delivering the same output as a traditional direct offset printing press," concluded Weymans.