Even amid a global pandemic, the label industry remains resilient, if not more accelerated. The surge in panic buying by consumers since the onset of COVID-19 has kept brand owners exceptionally busy, particularly in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors. Consequently, suppliers to brand owners have experienced heightened activity as well. Label manufacturers are achieving unprecedented production levels and expediting the delivery of labels. In this scenario, the significance of Digital Printing has grown even more pronounced, serving as a crucial tool for swift and efficient production. Brand owners, who consistently demand a variety of SKUs and increased variable data printing (VDP) for their labels and packaging, find digital printing to be indispensable in meeting these requirements.

How Does Variable Information Printing Function?

Variable data printing (VDP) empowers brands to deliver individualized and custom marketing messages to their customers, enhancing responses, providing brand security, and enabling product traceability. This is accomplished through the digital printing of variable information. Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions can handle everything from simple alphanumeric text and sequential numbering to various industry-standard machine-readable codes and high-resolution graphics, achieving printing speeds of up to 200 meters per minute. Amid the challenges posed by Covid, the demand for printing barcodes, QR codes, sequential numbers for serialization, track and trace, security features, brand protection, and anti-counterfeiting has become more crucial than ever.
Variable Data Printing with Domino K600i“COVID-19 has potentially accelerated the growth of e-commerce by five years,” notes Gary Peterson, Variable Data Solutions Manager for Domino North America. “With individuals working and staying at home, the demand for online purchases has significantly risen. Families, experiencing the convenience of e-commerce through easy online ordering and doorstep delivery, are incorporating it into their regular routines, a trend likely to persist even after lockdown restrictions ease. This surge in e-commerce has led to an immediate rise in the need for pre-printed barcode labels in logistics supply chains. Domino’s customers have witnessed a 40-50% surge in the demand for variable data label printing, and this upward trend is expected to continue,” Peterson adds.

The Ideal Match: Domino K600i Digital UV Inkjet Printer

The Domino K600i is the ideal solution for this requirement. As a well-established digital UV inkjet printer with numerous installations worldwide, the K600i has demonstrated its effectiveness and reliability in variable data printing.

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Offered in single-bar and dual-bar configurations with various widths, the Domino K600i print technology provides flexibility for label manufacturers to select the most suitable option for their requirements. The K600i seamlessly prints across the entire web width and can be integrated into flexo presses, rewinders, or finishing systems. The single-bar operates at a speed of 75m/min (246ft/min), and the dual-bar at speeds of up to 150m/min (492ft/min) with optimal density. This capability allows label manufacturers to capitalize on the Variable Data Printing (VDP) opportunity, ensuring profitable, efficient, and timely delivery to their brand owner customers.

  • Monitor items across the logistics supply chain
  • Tracing for food safety and product validation
  • Consumer engagement and feedback initiatives
  • Initiatives for loyalty, gaming, and marketing campaigns
  • Security measures for brand safeguarding, diversion, and anti-counterfeiting

What Industries Benefit From Variable Data?

  • Logistics and reverse logistics
  • Food safety
  • Tracking and tracing
  • Promotional gaming and loyalty Radio
  • Frequency Identification (RFID) integrations
  • Security, anti-counterfeiting, and brand protection

Discover the Efficiency and Quality Enhancements Provided by Domino

Gary Peterson showcases the K600i dual bar, dual-speed digital UV inkjet printer. The remarkable features include the high speed and exceptional quality of the K600i dual bar system, aiding label manufacturers in increasing profitability while meeting customer requirements and surpassing expectations. View this video to explore how the productivity of this system can positively impact your business.

“What we are producing here is a tracking barcode that is commonly used on Amazon packages. We are running it at 600 x 600 dpi resolution at 492 feet per minute. This allows you to produce over 29,000 linear feet per hour. Running that on the 13” wide K600i dual bar enables 650,000 bar codes printed per hour. And the dual bar system is also available in other size configurations. We have a 17.55” wide unit (which would integrate on a 16” press), that will produce over 826,000 bar codes an hour. Also available is a 21.96” wide unit (which would integrate on a 20” press), which will produce over one million bar codes in an hour.” The Domino K600i UV ink jet printer Peterson concludes, “The Domino K600i dual bar, dual speed unit will allow you to double your production speeds, reduce your hourly cost of operation, allow you to put other jobs on your press with the increased capacity you will have, and most importantly, it will allow you to make more profit on your existing assets.”

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