High Demands

As in many other sectors, construction materials like plasterboard (also known as drywall) must be coded for identification. Common requirements include manufacturing codes with details such as origin, production date and time, and batch numbers. These codes facilitate product identification and traceability after the product leaves the manufacturing site. Additionally, there may be a need for high-resolution coding of product and brand information at both the product level and on pallets for stacked branding, such as logos.

Construction environments are typically challenging and harsh, with manufacturing lines operating at high speeds with minimal downtime, adding complexity to product coding. The code itself must be durable and resistant, and the coding machine must be robust and capable of running at very high speeds to function effectively in a busy production setting.

In the past, achieving large-area, high-resolution, high-speed coding without compromise has been difficult for many construction materials manufacturers. Usually, compromises had to be made in code resolution, integrity, or line speed to meet production demands. This is no longer necessary.

Domino’s Cx350i Outer Case Coding System

Domino’s Cx350i piezo inkjet printer Domino’s industrial coding solution, the Cx350i, is a drop-on-demand (DOD), piezo inkjet (PIJ) printer that provides large-format, high-resolution printing, capable of running at industrial line speeds (up to 200m/min). The high-resolution stainless steel printhead can produce graphics and logos, text using true-type fonts (including real-time data), and machine-readable codes, in any combination and in four colour options. Individual printheads achieve a print height of 65mm, and multiple printheads can be combined for even larger print areas.

The size and placement of ink drops affect both print resolution and overall quality. Using inks perfectly compatible with the printer is essential for achieving precise drop size and placement, which is why Domino’s Cx350i inks are specifically designed for this printer. Moreover, Domino’s Cx350i inks are made with vegetable oils, contributing to sustainable oil production and providing a non-hazardous and environmentally responsible alternative that supports a manufacturer’s CSR goals.

The Cx350i also meets production managers’ needs for minimal waste and downtime. The large-volume ink reservoir is easily replenished without the risk of ink spillages and without interrupting production. Domino’s intuitive QuickStep user interface minimises the need for extensive operator training and reduces the risk of errors. The system requires no scheduled maintenance and operates without the need for factory air.

Conclusion

Plasterboard coding no longer requires compromises. Domino’s Cx350i industrial printer meets a manufacturer’s crucial needs: large-area, high-resolution, and durable codes, printed at optimal line speeds. Additionally, it incorporates automation to minimise waste and errors.

To discover how you can achieve codes without compromise, contact one of our experts today.

 

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