Domino’s hybrid digital label press in India

Digital inkjet adds significant value to the label industry

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Domino’s N610i digital inkjet label press for self-adhesive and shrink-sleeve labels. Photo: Domino Printech India
Domino’s N610i digital inkjet label press for self-adhesive and shrink-sleeve labels. Photo: Domino Printech India

Domino, being the market leader in the coding and marking business in India over the last 25 years, is now also focusing on its label presses and trying to add significant value to label manufacturers, converters, and brand owners. Its hybrid label presses are built in India in collaboration with Multitec the Indian narrow web flexo label press supplier that now has a considerable footprint both in India and the overseas export market. Three of these hybrid digital presses integrating the Domino N610i module have already been sold into the Indian market. 

Globally, Domino offers a comprehensive range of solutions for the label and packaging segment. Its N-Series includes the N610i 7-color inkjet label presses, the N730i module, and N610i integration modules available for building hybrid label printing presses.

N610i digital color label press

The N610i digital color label press is a solution for cost-effective printing of short and medium-run label production. It can be configured as a standalone, in-line, or as part of a hybrid label press, combining digital with conventional print and embellishment capabilities, and is capable of printing at a high print resolution of 600 dpi. According to Domino, it provides excellent light fastness and abrasion resistance, high opacity white coverage for silk-screen replacement, and an option for food packaging compliance.

N730i module with enhanced i-Tech

Using Domino’s latest generation 7 inkjet technology platform, the 7-color N730i 1200 dpi digital label press is equipped with Brother’s Bitstar print head. The system is designed to deliver exceptional print quality at up to 70 meters a minute for printing self-adhesive and shrink sleeve labels with reliability.

The N730i label press combines 1200 dpi print quality with Domino’s enhanced i-Tech intelligent technology features to deliver improved efficiency, use, function, and reliability, for optimal output and investment return. The features include automated maintenance from i-Tech CleanCap2, consistent print density and registration from the new i-Tech SetAlign, and optimum ink-jetting reliability from i-Tech ActiFlow.

The N610i Integration/Hybrid Module

An industry-standard print module for digital hybrid printing, the N610i integration module, can be easily integrated into a flexo label press to combine digital with analog printing and finishing capabilities such as diecutting, foiling, varnishing, and laminating. This enables high-impact labels to be delivered in a single efficient process with flexo for white solids from roll to final finished product output.

It can be used for multiple SKU production where only the digital image element changes with each SKU, so the whole job can be printed without stopping the line, improving efficiency and reducing waste.

Monochrome digital inkjet variable imprinting

Domino K600i inkjet printer
Domino K600i inkjet printer                             Photo: Domino Printech India

With more demand for variation, versioning, personalization, and short runs, the Domino K600i high-speed, modular, monochrome digital inkjet printer provides traceability, security, promotional games, and versioning solutions. It is easy to integrate into existing web or sheet handling systems for digital imprinting or can be utilized as a monochrome digital press.

The K600i can print high-quality 600dpi digital variable data, including alphanumeric text, barcodes, 2D codes including QR codes and data matrix codes, and graphics, at up to 200 meters a minute speeds. There are options for high-opacity white ink as a cost-effective alternative to screen printing, suitable for a wide range of labels and packaging applications.

Domino’s beliefs in shaping the future of the label industry

Ajay RaoRane, vice-president of Digital Printing Solutions, Domino Printech India Photo: Domino Printech India
Ajay RaoRane, vice-president of Digital Printing Solutions, Domino Printech India       Photo: Domino Printech India

Commenting on the company’s achievement in building a reputation in the label market, Ajay RaoRane, vice-president of Digital Printing Solutions, Domino Printech India, says, “We continue to invest in our R&D, which has enabled us to expand our digital printing portfolio. Our presence and position within the label sector continue to grow. We have seen significant demand for high-speed, monochrome, and Variable Data Printing (VDP) applications to support the eCommerce sector. The recent addition of our X630i digital corrugated printing press further expands our sector reach, providing the market with an aqueous-based, food packaging compliant solution which is capable of printing onto both coated and uncoated corrugated board types.”

“The Indian label market is promising, and many label converters are exploring digital printing with Domino. We are working with our label converters to help them navigate the dynamic and fast-changing landscape. The most significant current development is focus and orientation towards sustainability. Sustainability, although not a direct measure of profitability, is progressively influencing a company’s success, even to the extent that shareholders want to understand Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) credentials before investment. Much less waste is created by inkjet printing, and the drive to improve environmental credentials will help fuel a further change in its use.”

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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