Domino Releases New Digital Labeling Presses
Domino is launching new digital printing systems in the N-Series piezo ink-jet range. The N-Series family features stand-alone label printing presses and modules with scalable print widths for OEM integration. According to a press release, the N600 digital label printing press offers a 1200-dpi nominal print resolution with a native resolution of 600 dpi and four greyscales operating at 50-75m/m using durable UV inks. Systems can print onto a range of paper and plastic label stocks.
“We have been closely monitoring technology and market trends in the digital printing market since before 2006, when we test marketed an early 200-dpi prototype machine,” explains Philip Easton, Director – Digital Printing Solutions at Domino, in the press release. “Brand owners are increasingly seeking to address their customers more directly and specifically by means of targeted and localized labels and packaging and initiatives such as special promotions. Combined with this are more generalized trends for efficiency savings: brand owners are wary of holding large numbers of SKUs due to the risk of obsolescence, the potential for waste, and the complexity of stock management."
As a result, there is greater demand for short runs with fast turnaround, Easton says. "Conventional flexo printing involves production economics that incline towards multiple SKUs, while the beauty of digital is that bespoke labels can be produced rapidly using blank or generic stock. The greater flexibility afforded by a fully digital process for both pre-print and variable data enables users to efficiently meet customer requirements for localisation, including language changes, and special promotions.”
The N600 label press can operate in-line with a digital finishing solution, such as those produced by GM and AB Graphics, via dancer roller web infeed, the press release states. Standard features include automatic head cleaning and ink cycling to reduce the risk of nozzle blocking. Options include vision systems for tracking registration and color density.
“In our view there is now an excellent fit between digital printing and the underlying requirements of the brand owner,” says Easton in the release. “Our objectives in the development of the N-Series have been to provide the flexibility of digital with variable data capability, leading edge productivity, and low cost of operation.