Domino’s high-speed K600i digital inkjet printer

Prints over one million unique codes per hour

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Domino K600i Barcodes 2D Codes

Whilst most of us were glad to see the end of 2020 with all the disruption and distress caused by Covid-19, many label and packaging printers experienced healthy growth due to growing trends in eCommerce and with brand owners using more variable data printing (VDP) and personalization to communicate with consumers during this time of uncertainty.

In the video link below, witness high-speed digital printing at its best, as Domino’s dual-bar K600i digital inkjet printer prints variable data onto labels, each with a unique linear barcode, QR code, and data matrix code, at 150 meters per minute. This means it is capable of printing 9,000 linear meters with 350,000 labels and over one million completely different codes per hour! Visit: https://go.domino-printing.com/K600iVDPLabelexpo2019

Jim Orford, K600i product manager from Domino Digital Printing Solutions, says, “Covid-19 has really accelerated the growth in eCommerce, a trend which is likely to remain after lockdown restrictions are lifted. Brand owners are also emphasizing personalization to engage with consumers through loyalty and promotional programs and to track their products through the supply chain. This has resulted in some of our label and packaging converter customers reporting a 40-50% increase in the demand for variable data printed labels during the pandemic.”

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Domino K600i at Labelexpo 2019

The Domino K600i is all about high quality and high-speed digital printing of variable data. This ranges from simple alpha-numeric text and sequential numbering to a wide range of industry-standard machine-readable barcodes and 2D codes, including QR and Data Matrix codes. These are used for logistics and reverse logistics in eCommerce and online retail, for ‘track and trace’ applications in the food and beverage sectors, and for security applications, including brand protection, in the pharmaceutical and tobacco sectors.

Watch Philip Easton, director of Domino Digital Printing Solutions, walk you through this high-speed digital printing demonstration of Domino’s dual-bar K600i inkjet printer integrated on an AB Graphic International Omega SRI high-speed inspection and slitting line. This was shown in action for the first time at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

This versatile, monochrome UV inkjet printer is available in seven different print width formats, ranging from 108 millimeter to 782 millimeter, in either a standard single print bar or the high-speed dual-bar configuration. It can be retrofitted onto most conventional printing presses and finishing lines. The K600i can be used with Domino’s UV-curable, LED-curable, and aqueous pigmented ink sets, with a high opacity white ink, a fluorescent ink, and a clear varnish also available.

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Domino’s high-speed K600i digital inkjet printer

The single print bar prints 75 meters per minute at 600 x 600dpi resolution with optimum print density but can print at up to 150 meters per minute. The dual bar unit demonstrated in this video prints 150 meters per minute at optimum print density and can still print at 600 x 600dpi at up to 200 meters per minute.

With over 42 years’ heritage of developing and manufacturing digital inkjet printing equipment, Domino has created a flexible system with superior performance and reliability. In the video, Philip highlights and explains the benefits of Domino’s unique i-Tech intelligent technology features, resulting in reduced setup time and maintenance costs, high reliability and uptime, and improved profitability.

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Philip Easton, director of Domino Digital Printing Solutions

Philip concludes, “We recognize converters have a choice from the various inkjet printing equipment suppliers in the marketplace. We are delighted that so many have chosen Domino for high-speed digital printing – we now have approaching 1000 global installations based on this 6th generation inkjet technology. Our customers recognize that the K600i digital inkjet printer is simple to run and maintain, offering exceptional productivity and efficiency, enabling them to react to this VDP opportunity and providing profitable, efficient, on-time delivery to their brand owner customers.”

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.

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