Tin Printing

The chances are you’ve purchased plenty of tin cans throughout your life. What you might not be aware of is how printing on tin cans work. There’s a lot of stuff involved with the process. With that said, let’s briefly discuss how the printing solutions and applications on tin cans work.

The Artwork
The first step in the printing process is choosing the artwork or images that will be placed on the tin cans. The artwork can be anything from a picture to a logo to just colours and things of that nature. Generally speaking, anything can be considered artwork for the cans.

A lot of companies choose their business’s logo as artwork. Others choose something to represent what’s inside the cans, such as images of food. These are only a few examples of the type of artwork used on tin cans.

The Printer Setup
After the artwork has been selected, the next step in the process is setting up the printer. The exact nature of the setup depends on the printer being used and the environment it is being used in. Generally speaking, you’ll choose settings such as the size of the labels being printed onto the cans, as well as width and things of that nature. Depending on the printer, you’ll either upload the artwork before doing those things or after choosing the settings.

The next step is to double-check the settings. This is to ensure that everything is correct. If it is, then you can officially start printing out the labels.

Placing The Labels On The Cans
The last step is getting the labels/artwork onto the tin cans. Once everything is good to go, the tin cans make their way down a conveyor belt (usually) and at some point along the way, the labels are placed on them. In some printing processes, the tin cans are put directly into the industrial printer.

The exact way the labels get placed on depends on many factors. The type of printer and overall setup are two major factors. This is why it’s important to use a quality printing setup.

Generally speaking, that is how printing on tin cans work. There is a lot more stuff involved, but that is the gist of things. Remember, there are many things that factor into what the finished product will look like. This is why you should always use a high-quality printer and printing process when printing on tin cans.