Domino sees record growth in high speed variable labels

High speed variable data printing onto labels

Domino K600i printing VDP onto labels. Photo Domino

With the ongoing trend to track more products through the supply chain now boosted by
significant Covid-19 related online retail sales growth, Domino Digital Printing Solutions has seen substantial investment by label converters for adding variable data printing of tracking codes onto labels for online retail supply chain requirements.

Jim Orford, Domino Digital Printing Solutions Global Product Manager for the K600i, comments,“In the last two years, the number of codes being printed has almost doubled. We have witnessed a substantial growth for variable data printing, both in the number of K600i printers installed, with a far higher uptake of wider and higher speed configurations, with systems printing up to one million different codes onto labels per hour.

This trend towards online retail is understood and many of our label converter customers have invested significantly in capacity to meet this.”Other K600i applications include security and anti-counterfeit mark printing, traceability codes for pharmaceutical and tobacco products, promotional games and loyalty schemes. Jim Orford adds, “Variable data printing enables a label converter to both develop new business and benefit from this added value work.” Security, verfication and quality check The versatile and modular Domino K600i ink jet printer is designed to be mounted inline on a conventional flexo press or label finishing line and could be described as another form of embellishment.

Domino K600i
Domino K600i

The printer is configured to the required press web width it is integrated onto, ranging from 108mm (4.25-inches) to 781mm (30.8-inches) with variable data print applied anywhere across the web. It operates with either UV-curable or aqueous inks at web speeds up to 200 minutes a minute (650 ft/min). Data files and job setup is managed by the Domino Editor Starlight or Editor RIP PC based controller solutions, with data processed inline at the same time as it is printed. For additional security, the Editor Starlight can be integrated with a vision system to read, verify, track and provide a quality grade for the codes being printed.

Domino supplies the Lake Image System’s Discovery Multiscan vision product as part of a total turnkey variable data printing and verification solution package.Philip Easton, director of Domino Digital Printing Solutions, highlights, “The K600i has been a real success for Domino and reflects our 44 years’ experience of developing digital inkjet products. The i-Tech or intelligent Technology features provide such a reliable and robust solution and it is a real pleasure to receive positive feedback from our customers about how our products have progressed, improving productivity and allowing their businesses to grow and prosper.”

The key Domino K600i i-Tech features include i-Tech CleanCap, an automated process for
cleaning and capping the print head; i-Tech ActiFlow, an ink recirculation system which reducesthe risk of diverted jets impacting print quality; and i-Tech StitchLink which enables optimum registration allowing an image to be printed anywhere across the full web width.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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