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Pub. No.:    WO/2018/083164    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/078036
Publication Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Nov 03 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B41F 17/18
B41F 17/20
B41J 3/407
B41F 17/00
F16D 27/01
Inventors: SHARP, John Lawton
INGHAM, Ian Philip Butler
WOODS, Jeffrey Mark
EDWARDS, Simon John
A printing apparatus for printing onto objects is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a plurality of carrying devices (104) for carrying objects (108) to be printed on, the carrying devices (104) each comprising a rotatable handling device configured to hold and rotate an object. A track (102) defines a path along which each of the plurality of carrying devices can be moved. A plurality of processing stations (106A-106F) are arranged along the track and comprising at least one printing station (106C). A controller (110) is configured to independently control the position and speed of each of the carrying devices (104) with respect to the track. The handling device is arranged to rotate an object at at least one of the plurality of processing stations by coupling to a driving device (610) disposed at the at least one processing station such that torque is transmitted from the driving device to the handling device.