skip to Main Content
Need help? Call us +31 20 40 99 300



Printability tester to produce colour prints with conventional and UV offset inks prints on cans and tubes with inner diameter between 16 and 68 mm, width of the print 3×15 mm or 35 mm.

Standard delivery time: 4-6 weeks
Article number: 442.000.000 Categories: , , ,


IGT CTx3: Printability tester to produce colour prints with conventional and UV offset inks.

All C1 testers allow to print on cans with a diameter between 63 and 68 mm. The CTx3 is especially designed to print three strips of 15 mm, besides each other, directly on cans and tubes with a diameter between 16 and 68 mm. This unit is equipped with an easy exchangeable impression cylinder to slide the tin or tube on. Also prints of 35 mm wide can be made on tins and cans.

With the CTx3 prints of 35 mm or 3×15 mm and regular prints on flat substrates can be produced as well.

World-wide the best printability tester for offset inks.

IGT Testing Systems supplies the C1 type printability testers, which are simple but very successful all over the world for offset inks in various printing widths.

Makes colour strips with offset inks with a known ink layer thickness which can be used for many purposes.
Specially designed for computerized colour measuring and colour matching systems.
Saves costs because colour tests on the printing presses are no longer necessary.
Can print directly on all substrates including ready tubes or cans, version CTx3 can do this on any inner diameter between 16 and 68 mm.

The C1 printability testers produce colour strips which are suitable for many purposes, such as:
•Measuring colour with colour measuring systems/spectrophotometers e.g. in colour matching
•Visual appraisal
•Density measurements, including establishing colour and density tolerances and determination of coverage, wear resistance, scratch resistance, flexibility, adhesion and gloss, ink transfer (in g/m²), light fastness and resistance to chemicals
•Testing printing quality, gloss, mottle and set-off

The C1 tester prints all sorts of coated and uncoated materials like paper, board, plastic film, cellophane, laminate, metal, etc.
•The C1 tester is used in the following industries:
•printing ink, paper and board, printers
•metal, plastics and packaging
•resins, lacquers and coatings
•raw materials

The C1 type printability testers consist of an inking section and a printing section with removable printing disc (printing form). The inking unit consists of two aluminium drums and a top roller.
The distribution of the ink only takes 30 s due to the diameter ratio and the drum movement. The inking time of the printing disc is 15 s.
Cleaning the systems is very simple and quick, due, among other things, to the fact that both aluminium drums are driven. The printing unit consists of the printing form and an impression cylinder. The substrate is attached to a substrate carrier. The substrate carrier with the substrate is then placed on the substrate guide, between the impression cylinder and the printing disc.
After the printing force has been applied, the print is made automatically. The printing disc is then lifted automatically, after which the substrate is removed for appraisal and the printing disc is cleaned. It is also possible to print on drink cans: for this purpose they are slid on the impression cylinder, the substrate carrier not being used in this case.
The printing force can be set in 19 steps between 100 and 1000 N.

For printing on drink cans, the impression cylinder can be replaced with one of a different diameter.


Device can print three prints side by side, but can also print colour strips of 35 mm width. Especially suitable for printing on a variety of diameters of cans, hoses and tubes including those used in the beverage and cosmetics industry. Supplied with a variable diameter impression cylinder. Instead of the substrate carrier the impression cylinder is used in this case to carry the can or tube. Printing form is automatically brought under pressure, printed and lifted.

Technical details

Weight: 35 kg
Dimensions(L x W x H): 30 cm x 65 cm x 40 cm
Model: 442.000.000
Main application: Measuring colour with colour measuring systems
spectrophotometers visual appraisal density measurements
including establishing tolerances determination of coverage
scratch resistance
wear resistance
adhesion and gloss
ink transfer (in g/m²)
Conformance with standards/W-leaflet: ISO 2834, ISO 2846, ISO 12647 and ASTM 7680
Water bath and temperature:
Speed range and modes: Constant: 0.3 m/s
Forces: 100 – 1000 N
Substrate requirements: Can print on all types of coated and uncoated materials: paper, board, plastic film, cellophane, laminate, metals, etc.
Interval time and number:
Printing shafts type and options: 1 printshaft
Shaft positioning:
Lifting system: Automatically
Print length and width: 3 strips of max 200 x 15 mm² next to eachother, or
200 x 35 mm², length of the print is related to the diameter of the tube or can
Printing discs: Standard delivered with rubber blanket 15 mm light weight printing disc. Other available discs are aluminium, rubber blanket for conventional or UV inks and rubber for conventional or UV inks with a printing width of 15 or 35 mm.
Sector positioning:
Sector type and options:
Doctoring system:
Dispensing system:
Pre-programmed tests:
Analysis options:
Software updates:
Data export options:
Additional items: 408.000.200 IGT ink Pipette 0.01 ml resolution
496.000.075 UV Dryer Aktiprint mini 12-1, 1 lamp, 500 W
496.000.275 UV Dryer Aktiprint mini 12-1, 2 lamps, 1000 W
495 Lightbooth with 4 lightsources (A, UV, D65, F10)
555.000.060 IGT Glossmeter G60 (60°)
Accessories: Gloss set W71
Mottle set Back trap method W57
Mottle set Print Method W58
standard inks
Inks or liquids:
Inking speeds:
Inking programs:
Top rollers: Rubber for conventional inks
Rubber for UV-inks
Maintenance: For average use a service check once a year is recommended. The annual maintenance and calibration of the tester can be carried out by IGT Testing Systems or companies authorized by IGT Testing Systems. Information can be obtained from your supplier or the local agent.
Compatible instruments: 425.000.000 C1
426.000.000 C1-5
429.000.000 C1-7
424.000.000 CT-1
Measurement range: 0.3 – 10 µm
Light source/ power/angle:
Shelf life:
Use life:
Description of property:
Power Supply Requirements: 90-240 V / 50-60 Hz
Guarantee: Standard one year
Space requirements: 0.7 m²
Standard delivery time: 4-6 weeks



You can download the brochure here.

Back To Top