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  • 20 Sep 2019

Domino to present production efficiency challenge

AB Graphic and Domino N610i hybrid machine

Domino claims it has created a ‘completely new standard’ in label converting productivity that will ‘revolutionize’ the label supply chain.

The company has scheduled the efficiency challenge in partnership with AB Graphic International, combining its Digicon Series 3 converting line with a Domino’s N610i integration module. The demonstration is said to show a single print, finish, slit, inspection and turret rewind process, the production of three different jobs with a total of ten SKU changes, a substrate change, three die-cut changes, foil change and varnish changes with output all produced and boxed ready for shipment in less than 20 minutes. 

‘There is an ongoing debate about how digital is best deployed by a label converter, whether as a stand-alone press with separate near-line finishing, with in-line finishing, or in the form of a hybrid digital press. Although the job book profile is a major determinant of what is best in each case, we see a growing trend towards more hybrids. We have spent a lot of time talking to our customers in order to understand the market trends and their needs. Our conclusions are: even shorter run lengths combined with more just-in-time label production, removing the finishing bottleneck, and reducing waste both for cost and for sustainability,’ said Philip Easton, director of the Domino Digital Printing Solutions. 

Domino said that it wants to prove that converters can offer small minimum order quantities with short lead times but with the absolute minimum of production waste.   

A key feature of the mentioned production line is the i-Tech WebRev web reverse function which, when combined with Digicon 3 buffers, can automatically reverse the web. For a substrate change, this allows the end of one production job and the beginning of the next to be processed on the line at the same time. Material waste, even with substrate change, die change and varnish change is less than seven meters, and this will be demonstrated during the show. 

The presentations will take place at booths 9A60 and 9B50 at 10:30 and 14:00 on each day of the show.  


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