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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
other aspect that increases with digital printing—in certain applications. Bill Myers, digital print marketing manager, Domino, says that we are looking at the leading edge of an explo- sion in digital printing. “ With a digital press, you get a num- ber of advantages,” Myers said. “ From ease of use, to reduced maintenance times, to high-quality printing and ink saving, digital presses have a real place within today ’s printing environment. For example, the Domino K600i digital UV ink jet printer provides customers an add-on to an existing flexo press. Think of it as just adding a digital black plate. We’re talking 600 dpi variable data being printed up to 246 fpm onto a wide range of uncoated and coated sheet or web materials, at web widths up to 22-in wide...printing onto labels, tags, tickets, forms, security products, and more. ” Recently, Domino partnered with Aurora, IL-based printer The Label Printers for a case study on the firm’s implementation of the K600i. So far, the results have been well received by Tom Erickson, plant superintendent, The Label Printers. “T he K600 has enabled us to de- crease our ink consumption by more than 10 times,” explained Erickson. “ We are putting less ink down on the mate- rial, and we can print smaller informa- tion more legibly. ” The Label Printers has a diverse customer base, including brand protec- tion/security labels, pharmaceuticals, electronics, prime labels, nutraceuti- cals, and health and beauty. The firm produces everything from one color la- bels to multiple-kind, four color process with variable imaging. Currently, the new press is already showing promise. “Anytime you can decrease makeready time, that’s a good thing,” explained Erickson. “Again, the uptime on the Domino is a significant upgrade from our five head system. When that increased by at least one hour a day, well, that’s a pretty easy sell. ” As this technology expands, digi- tal printing is becoming a wonderful complement to the flexographic label presses. It adds a digital black plate; perfect for printing variable data, such as bar codes, 2D codes, QR codes, serialization, sequential numbering, as well as track and trace. For example, in the market today there are CMYK digital UV ink jet press- es providing the production efficiency of flexo, with the versatility of digital. Domino’s new N600i color label press, which made its North American debut at Label Expo 2012, prints at speeds up www.flexography.org march 2013 FLEXO 57 Domino N600i color label press