Domino’s K600i delivers one million unique codes per hour

While most of us were glad to see the end of 2020 with all the disruption and distress caused by Covid-19, many label and packaging printers experienced a healthy growth due to growing trends in eCommerce and with brand owners using more variable data printing (VDP) and personalisation to communicate with consumers during this time of uncertainty.

29 Jan 2021 | By Rahul Kumar

The Domino K600i is all about high-speed digital printing of variable data

Case in point is Domino’s K600i digital inkjet printer, which can print variable data onto labels, each with a unique linear barcode, QR code and data matrix code, at 150-m/min. This means it is capable of printing 9,000 linear metres with 350,000 labels and over one million completely different codes per hour!

Jim Orford, K600i product manager from Domino Digital Printing Solutions, said, “Covid-19 has really accelerated the growth in eCmmerce, a trend which is likely to remain after lockdown restrictions are lifted. Brand owners are also placing more emphasis on personalisation to engage with consumers through loyalty and promotional programmes, and to track their products through the supply chain. This has resulted in some of our label and packaging converter customers reporting a 40-50% increase in the demand for variable data printed labels during the pandemic.”

The Domino K600i is all about high quality and high-speed digital printing of variable data. This ranges from simple alpha-numeric text and sequential numbering, to a wide range of industry standard machine-readable barcodes and 2D codes, including QR and Data Matrix codes. These are used for logistics and reverse logistics in e-commerce and online retail, for ‘track and trace’ applications in the food and beverage sectors, and for security applications including brand protection, in the pharmaceutical and tobacco sectors. 

This versatile, monochrome UV inkjet printer is available in seven different print width formats, ranging from 108-mm to 782-mm, in either a standard single print bar or the high-speed dual bar configuration. It can be retrofitted onto most conventional printing presses and finishing lines. The K600i can be used with Domino’s UV-curable, LED-curable and aqueous pigmented ink sets, with a high opacity white ink, a fluorescent ink and a clear varnish also available.

The single print bar prints 75-m/min at 600x600-dpi resolution with optimum print density, but can print at up to 150-m/min. The dual bar unit demonstrated in this video prints 150-m/min at optimum print density, and can still print at 600x600-dpi at up to 200-m/min.

With over 42 years’ heritage of developing and manufacturing digital inkjet printing equipment, Domino has created a flexible system with superior performance and reliability.

Philip Easton, director of Domino Digital Printing Solutions, said, “We recognise converters have a choice from the various inkjet printing equipment suppliers in the marketplace. We are delighted that so many have chosen Domino for high-speed digital printing. We are now approaching 1,000 global installations based on this 6th generation inkjet technology.”