Domino has opened a training center close to its Cambridgeshire (UK) headquarters to provide courses and resources for its service engineers worldwide.
It follows the formation of Domino’s Digital Solutions Programme, which is dedicated to helping label and packaging manufacturers manage their transition to digital production and optimize workflows to maximize their digital investment.
Domino’s newly opened training center comprises three fully equipped professional laboratories containing the latest digital printing technology to deliver a combination of theoretical and practical training, as well as classrooms and a lab equipped for advanced development work.
Domino engineers attend in-depth, three-week courses to learn more about the K600i mono print bar technology and full-color inkjet, including the N610i and N730i presses and the new N610i-R digital retrofit module, designed to help converters add digital printing technology into existing flexographic lines. The company plans to expand its portfolio further in due course.
Julie Cross, technical director for digital printing at Domino, said: ‘The creation of this center has enabled us to offer our engineers technical training in a professional setting so they can return to their regions fully equipped to deliver outstanding service to customers.
‘We will broaden the training courses on offer, as well as use the labs for further development work on digital printing product improvements and new applications in the future.’
This investment helps to complement Domino’s Digital Solutions Programme, with support from a specialist team of digital printing experts whose sole role is to advise and guide customers on their digital journey.
‘Digital printing is a huge opportunity for label and packaging manufacturers – but we understand that the prospect of transitioning to a new technology can be quite scary, and the process can be challenging if you don’t have the right support,’ said Andrew Murden, global aftersales manager at Domino. ‘That’s why we have established the Digital Solutions Programme, to bring together industry experts with decades of experience to help ease this transition and support our customers to achieve their strategic business goals – ensuring that any investment in digital develops into the opportunity that it should be.
The launch of Domino’s new training center follows the recent announcement of Domino’s GBP 6.6 million (USD 8.48 million) investment at the company’s inks manufacturing plant in Liverpool, which will go live early in 2024, boosting its digital printing inks manufacturing capacity.
The upgrade to its existing 16,000 square meters facility will see Domino become one of the very few digital printing suppliers to have complete end-to-end control of the digital printing process – encompassing design and manufacture of digital printing presses, printheads and UV digital printing inks – to ensure overall print quality for the customer.
Part of the investment has enabled the installation of a new fully automated production line to manage materials handling, formulation, processing, filling, inspection and packaging of Domino’s high-volume UV inks, using vision and robot technology to ensure finished product quality.
The news comes hot on the heels of the opening of Domino’s European Digital Centre of Excellence in Nieuwegein in the Netherlands in 2022.
David Ellen, divisional director for digital printing at Domino, added: ‘Domino is committed to providing innovative solutions that drive success in the digital era, and as such, we are delighted to announce our recent investments.
‘These developments will help us to ensure that we can deliver a consistent, high-quality output to satisfy the demands of our customers so that they can, in turn, elevate their products and exceed their customer expectations.’
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