Koenig & Bauer and Neos collaborate on innovative digital printer

Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint and Neos have set the course for a high-speed digital printing solution for metal decoration: the MetJET PRO.

The two companies have developed a concept that includes the highly reliable sheet handling and inline coating solutions from Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint and the single-pass inkjet technology from Neos.

This collaboration enables high productivity for digital metal printing with extremely short changeover times, representing a logical continuation of the MetJET product family.

The modular systems of the two companies are designed to meet the flexible requirements of various metal printing applications such as the production of 3-piece cans, crown caps, closures, and more.

Like the MetJET ONE, the MetJET PRO relies on proven solutions for sheet handling and printing components.

The sheet handling product portfolio from Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint is complemented by single-pass inkjet printing units from Neos. The result is a series of individually tailored digital metal decoration printing lines that achieve high productivity of 2,500 sheets per hour using inks compliant with European regulations for indirect food contact.

Additionally, a sophisticated camera system, in conjunction with Neos software, offers precise sheet identification and highly accurate drop positioning, as well as precise register and print quality control, ensuring maximum reliability in the digital printing process on metal.

“The MetJET PRO is the ideal solution for our customers with the highest demands on performance and flexibility,” explains Samuel Teufel, Product Manager at Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint. “The MetJET PRO is perfectly positioned between the MetJET ONE and the MetalStar 4, leaving nothing to be desired in terms of performance, flexibility, and quality.”

Neos, a young Italian company specialising in inkjet printing for industrial applications, designs and develops digital inkjet printers suitable for various production areas, including metal printing. Both Koenig & Bauer and Neos are confident that with the finalisation of the cooperation, a first joint pilot project can soon be initiated.

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