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World Class Metal Lithography

In 1991, in accordance with our goal to achieve the highest quality flat sheet, metal lithography, we took the step of becoming our own printer and quickly became an award winning global leader.

Unmatched Print Quality & Capacity

Our investments in the latest metal lithography technology assure maximum visual quality and shelf appeal for our products. Customers’ projects are within our control from design to delivery. It all begins with great printing! That is why we took the bold step of becoming our own printer in 1990. Since then, we have added 4 and 6 color state-of-the-art printing lines, energy-efficient, high-speed coating equipment, and the latest pre-press and plate making technology. We have more capacity, capability and experience than any decorative packaging manufacturer in the country. Our plant in Vandalia, Ohio expanded our capacity for metal lithography houses our second 6-color MetalStar 2 printing line.

In the fall of 2022, Independent Can will be the only company operating the latest Metal Star 3, nine-color printing line in the Western Hemisphere. This is in addition to having two six-color and a four-color Metal Star two printing lines in Maryland and Ohio. The nine-color line gives the company unmatched, single pass capabilities for up to nine colors. 

High-definition Printing

Near-photo quality, high-definition printing is made possible with 250 line screen capability. This is higher than industry standard. Concentric dot printing delivers vibrant color and clarity, using less ink than standard dot printing. Our fully integrated pre-press and plate making allows for a continuity of quality and control over timing. In 2013, we added the first in-line, full-sheet, vision inspection system in the country. Due to these advancements, we can offer the best lead-time and consistently repeatable superior print quality.

Metal Lithography Equipment

The manufacturing equipment that we use in our process includes:

  • Esko Workflow CTP
  • Kodak Approval Proofing
  • Trendsetter Platemaker
  • Six-color MetalStar 2 with in-line UV Coater
  • Four-color MetalStar2
  • Thermal Coating Lines
  • Full-sheet Vision Inspection System
  • Continuous Film-weight Measuring System

Award Winning Lithography

For more than a decade, the global and national organizations that recognize quality in printing on metal and can making have honored Independent Can for exceptional custom printing. The organizations include the International Metal Decorators Association, Printing and Graphics Association Mid Atlantic and Can Maker Magazine’s Cans of the Year.

Independent Can has received more than 20 awards for exceptional lithography from the International Metal Decorators Association including 3 Grand Awards for Best of Show, 12 for Best of Category and 7 Awards of Excellence. Can Maker Magazine recognized Independent Can for 3 Cans of the year Awards as of 2012.

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1300 Brass Mill Road
Belcamp, MD 21017