Dominoes Fall with High-quality Coding Printer
Illinois-based Domino claims it will launch the Gx-Series, a new range of thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers optimized for fast, efficient and accurate coding on product labels, flexible films and cartons.
The Gx-Series has been designed for smart factory applications, providing manufacturers with a future-proof product for evolving production processes. The printers are easy to use and integrate into existing manufacturing procedures, with enhanced connectivity, a simple user interface and a smaller overall footprint. The Domino Cloud capability provides remote monitoring, while options for EtherCAT and PLC communications allow for fast data transfer and synchronization.
“The Gx-Series utilizes industry standards, which allows for integration into existing automation systems to provide an Industry 4.0-ready coding and marking solution,” says Alexandros Mountis, TIJ product manager at Domino. “The option of the EtherCAT communication allows our TIJ printers to communicate directly with programmable logic controllers to provide greater control of manufacturing processes, translating into increased productivity, and reduced coding errors.
“In a modern marketplace, consumers, retailers and governments are demanding more information from manufacturers,” he adds. “We have developed the Gx-Series in response to these changes, to give our customers greater control over their product labelling, with the ability to produce high-quality, machine-readable codes for marketing information, traceability data, and serialization.”
Domino’s Gx-Series printers are able to print high-density machine-readable codes, including data matrix codes, providing opportunities for enhanced product labelling and late-stage customization within manufacturing operations. Advanced track and trace and item-level serialization are available via Dynamark protocol, with coding in compliance with pharmaceutical regulations, including EU FMD and US DQSA, according to GS1 standards.
An intuitive user interface and touch screen operates the Gx-Series. It also has remote capabilities via web browser. Customers can select from one to four printheads, which can be stitched together to allow for print heights of up to 2″ (50.8mm), or used separately to print on multiple lines at speeds of up to 984 fpm (300 m/m). The maintenance-free printheads are equipped with LED status signals to show which cartridges need changing, while Domino AutoSwap enables cartridges to be changed while printing, without interrupting production.
The printheads are available with a range of advanced colored inks suitable for use on both porous and non-porous substrates with rapid dry times and good. For food and beverage applications, EuPia and Swiss List compliant ink options are available for coding on direct contact food packaging. This includes flexible films, porous shelf-ready packaging and shipping boxes. The next-generation printers are compatible with all languages, and suitable for use across industries including pharmaceuticals, electronics, and food and beverage, with customizable options available to suit individual production needs.
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