Domino Digital Printing Solutions has officially launched its next generation digital embellishment technology that can be used either as a digital spot varnish or a digital adhesive for cold foil applications.
Visitors to the Domino at Labelexpo Europe had a chance see the preview and compare the quality of the highly embellished labels that were created using company’s UV-curable clear ink UV67CL with two K600i ink jet printers installed on an AB Graphic’s Digicon Series 3 finishing line.
This latest addition to the Domino’s ink range can be used either as a digital spot varnish or a digital adhesive for cold foil applications, for added flexibility with a single fluid. It is compatible with standard media, including polyethylene, polypropylene and under the right conditions certain coated papers.
‘This new UV67CL ink for use with our high speed, high resolution K600i ink jet printers was developed in response to feedback from our customers, the label converters,’ said Jim Orford, K-Series product manager at Domino. ‘They continue to face increased demand from brand owners for enhanced label designs, which not only make their products stand out on the shelf and encourage consumer engagement, but also add value to their products and brand image. Our customers wanted to be able to achieve this by delivering the highest quality, most visually striking and diverse label designs, but without compromising their manufacturing process.’
‘Domino’s digital embellishment technology achieves this taking finishing into the digital age. It removes what many see as the production bottleneck and offers greater efficiency to produce short and medium run, added-value embellished labels quickly, with significantly reduced man hours and material waste,’ added Orford.
This UV67CL clear ink can be used to create embellished labels with a high laydown of digital spot varnish or cold foil images, removing the necessity for screens and plates used in the traditional analogue embellishment processes. The combination of printing variable data with embellishment provides the advantages of digital printing as part of the label finishing process, generating highly detailed digital spot varnish and cold foiling labels with minimal impact on productivity and throughput.
Domino’s K600i ink jet printer can be easily integrated into an existing web-fed press or finishing line. Domino can also supply a complete embellishment technology in conjunction with a number of label finishing partners. A single K600i print bar is required for cold foil applications, capable of print speeds of up to 75m/min; for printing spot varnish, a dual bar K600i system is used with speeds of up to 50m/min depending on the ink laydown required. The latter can also be used to digitally print high opacity white, providing a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive screen printing.
‘The ever-changing label market is demanding faster turnaround times with more SKUs, meaning the focus is now all about how to produce short and medium run length jobs with optimum efficiency. This is not just related to the printing process, but also the finishing and embellishment too. Domino’s new UV67CL ink and K600i embellishment solution enable our customers to provide a superior service and added value offering in this specialized marketplace,’ concluded Orford.