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1. (WO2018013465) DECORATOR DRIVE AND PRINTING PLATE CYLINDER AUTOMATION

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/013465    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/041334
Publication Date: Fri Jan 19 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Jul 11 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B41F 17/22
B41F 33/00
B41F 13/004
B41F 33/02
Applicants: CROWN PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY, INC.
Inventors: EGERTON, Daniel
WILKINSON, Ian
Title: DECORATOR DRIVE AND PRINTING PLATE CYLINDER AUTOMATION
Abstract:
A can decorator comprising a spindle disc (20), a blanket drum (30), a transfer wheel (40), a pin chain drive (50), and a controller. The spindle disc (20) is adapted for (i) receiving beverage cans from an infeed and (ii) carrying and rotating each can body on a corresponding spindle. The blanket drum (30) is adapted for (i) applying ink to printing cylinders (80) and (ii) rotating the print cylinders in registration with beverage cans on the spindle disc to decorate the cans. The transfer wheel (40) is adapted for receiving beverage cans from the spindle disc after decoration by the blanket drum. The pin chain drive (50) is adapted for receiving cans from the transfer wheel and transporting the cans on a chain through an oven. The controller adapted for receiving encoder information and matching or adjusting speeds of a spindle disc motor, a blanket drum motor, a transfer wheel motor, and a pin chain drive motor.