The Gx-Series is a new range of high-quality thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers optimised for fast, efficient and accurate coding on product labels, flexible films and cartons. Versatile and easy to operate, Gx-Series printers are equipped to meet the needs of an evolving global marketplace characterised by rapid changes in production schedules and fluctuations in consumer demand.
‘Currently, key industries including food and beverage and pharmaceuticals are struggling with unprecedented levels of demand owing to the Coronavirus pandemic,’ said Alexandros Mountis, TIJ Product Manager at Domino. ‘This is especially difficult for companies to address, while adhering to government advice on social distancing and coping with a reduction in staff numbers.’
‘This a prime example of the kind of challenge that we strive to help manufacturers overcome,’ said Mountis. ‘With the Gx-Series, we have designed a printer that is versatile, and easy to adapt to changing production schedules, which also provides a solution for remote monitoring and control, allowing for a reduction in staff numbers on a production line.’
Domino developed the Gx-Series in consultation with customers across the globe, to ensure a solution that meets the needs of manufacturers now and in the future. The next-generation printers are suitable for use across industries including pharmaceuticals, electronics, and food and beverage, with customisable options available to suit individual production needs.
The Gx-Series is optimised for smart factory applications, providing manufacturers with a seamless, future-proof solution for evolving production processes. Gx-Series printers are easy to use and to integrate into existing manufacturing procedures, with enhanced connectivity and visibility features 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 series uses industry standards, which allows for integration into existing automation systems to provide a truly industry 4.0-ready coding and marking solution,’ said 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.’
‘In a modern marketplace, consumers, retailers, and governments are demanding more information from manufacturers,’ said Mountis. ‘We have developed the Gx-Series in response to these changes, to give our customers greater control over their product labelling, with the ability to produce high-quality, machine-readable codes for marketing information, traceability data and serialisation.’
Domino’s Gx-Series printers are an ideal choice for printing 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.
Gx-Series printers are characterised by their ease of use, controlled via a modern, intuitive user interface and touch screen or remotely via web browser. Customers can select from one to four print heads, which can be stitched together to allow for print heights of up to 50.8mm, or used separately to print on multiple lines at speeds of up to 300m/min. The maintenance-free print heads are equipped with LED status signals to show which cartridges need changing, while Domino AutoSwap enables cartridges to be changed while printing, without interrupting production.
Gx-Series print heads are available with a range of advanced black and coloured inks suitable for use on both porous and non-porous substrates to create long-lasting, high-contrast alphanumeric text, graphics and human- and machine-readable codes. Rapid dry times and good adhesion deliver optimum performance on fast-paced production lines. For food and beverage applications, EuPia and Swiss List compliant ink options are available for high-quality coding on direct contact food packaging. This includes flexible films, porous shelf-ready packaging, and shipping boxes. The new Gx-Series offers a choice of systems tailored to individual customer requirements.
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