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On-demand inkjet printing system

Jan 12, 2004 12:00 AM


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Domino recently held an open house at its Gurnee, IL, facility to launch “Domino—on-Demand,” a 1,200-fpm variable-data inkjet printing system that can run single or multiple colors. Options for the drop-on-demand printer include three ink choices: solvent-based, Pantone-matched or UV. Printheads are 4 inches wide and can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Jobs can be prepared prior to reaching postpress—a prepress operator can design, layout and proof jobs. Its modular design and IP interconnectivity enable users to combine up to 16 printheads on a single line. Four printheads can be controlled from each cabinet, and up to four cabinets networked together.

“The interest and feedback that we have received has been extremely encouraging,” says David Ellen, director of commercial printing division, Domino Printing Sciences. “As its name suggests, the printer is based on drop-on-demand technology and offers a complete variable-data printing solution comprising estimating, prepress, proofing and printing modules. The system requires minimal training, is simple to use and offers good print quality, including corporate/spot and Pantone colors.”

Although the company serves larger printers such as Quad/Graphics (Sussex, WI), which now has 80 Domino BitJet 212 inkjet printers installed, executives at the open house stressed the company’s support for midsize and smaller printers as well. The new on-demand system won’t be restricted to the end of a bindery line. Domino expects it to be used on narrow-web presses for direct mail and other applications, such as personalized magazine subscription renewal campaigns. Domino’s inkjet and laser marking systems are used for finishing, mailing, plastic cards, tickets, tags and labels, direct marketing, and for managing lottery and promotional games. See domino-printing.com for more information.