Next generation of thermal inkjet printers deliver the agility required to meet ever changing needs

A new range of thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers has been launched by Domino Printing Sciences to deliver fast, efficient and accurate coding while coping with fluctuating production schedules and demands.

The Gx-Series is a new range of TIJ printers optimised for fast, efficient, and accurate coding on product labels, flexible films, and cartons. Versatile and easy to operate, the printers are equipped to meet the needs of an evolving global marketplace characterised by rapid changes in production schedules and fluctuations in consumer demand.

“Today, more than ever, manufacturers need to be equipped to handle last minute changes to production schedules, including quick product changeovers, in order to satisfy demand,” says Alexandros Mountis, TIJ product manager at Domino. “The Gx-Series has been designed with this level of agility in mind – to help manufacturers to keep pace with the pressures of a modern marketplace.

“Currently, key industries including food, beverage and pharmaceuticals are struggling with unprecedented levels of demand owing to the coronavirus pandemic,” he continues. “This demand is especially difficult to address while adhering to government advice on social distancing and coping with a reduction in staff numbers.” The new printer provides a solution for remote monitoring and control, allowing production and engineering to focus on value-add projects.

The Gx-Series is optimised for smart factory applications, providing manufacturers with a seamless, future-proof solution for evolving production processes. They are easy to use and to integrate into existing manufacturing procedures, with enhanced connectivity, a simple user interface and a smaller overall footprint. Domino Cloud capability provides remote monitoring, while options for EtherCAT and PLC communications allow for fast data transfer and synchronisation.

“The Gx-Series utilises industry standards, which allows for integration into existing automation systems to provide a truly industry-4.0-ready coding and marking solution,” says Mountis. “The option of EtherCAT communication allows our TIJ printers to communicate directly with programmable logic controllers to provide greater control of manufacturing processes, translating into increased productivity, and reduced coding errors.”

The new printers have been designed to print high-density machine-readable codes, including Data Matrix codes, providing opportunities for enhanced product labelling and late stage customisation within manufacturing operations. Advanced track trace and item-level serialisation are available via Dynamark protocol, with coding in compliance with pharmaceutical regulations, including EU FMD and US DQSA, according to GS1 standards.

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