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Domino Starts Shipping Variable Data Print Solution

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July 15, 2003 -- The Commercial Printing Division of leading inkjet printer manufacturer Domino has announced the launch of “Domino-ON-Demand” - a complete variable data printing solution comprising estimating, prepress, proofing and printing modules. Domino-ON-Demand allows the end user to add variable data capability to a job and, at the same time, save time and set up costs by allowing the prepress operator to design, layout and proof the job long before it reaches final print production. Domino-ON-Demand is particularly suited to web applications and has been brought to market following exhaustive independent validation testing. Since previewing the printer earlier in the year, Domino has modified the print head, which is held down by positive pressure and now includes a built-in height adjustment capability. Additionally, as an industry first, its width has been reduced to100mm. The internal database software can be networked to up to 16 print heads, enabling Domino-ON-Demand to be scaled to suit all sizes of high quality variable data projects. Utilising Domino’s latest technology offering, the ink heads enable a variety of inks to print onto a wide range of substrates. This capability, combined with the option of Pantone-matched inks, enables the Domino-ON-Demand printing solution to handle most exacting variable print jobs. UV curing options are available to speed up the drying process so that productivity is not compromised in the pursuit of quality and creativity. In today’s competitive environment, Domino-ON-Demand utilises the latest drop-on-demand Piezo technology to deliver vibrant, rich text and graphics meeting the need of the most demanding client. As an added measure of flexibility, Domino has redesigned the ink compartment to allow the use of solvent-based inks. With the flexibility to mount the print heads either vertically or horizontally Domino-ON-Demand can be integrated into an existing web press or handling system. Alternatively, it can be teamed with a carefully matched range of Domino accessories to provide solutions for handling, feeding and curing as required. An easy to use interface allows the prepress operator to select the web direction, print area and use zoom features to ensure the job exactly meets the client’s specification. Communication over a standard TCP/IP network allows interface to multiple print heads and even multiple Domino-ON-Demand systems. Domino’s unique Active Rasterisation (AR) technology allows each image to be optimised for the print head and allows the generation of true WYSIWYG print proofs. Taking variable data printing system to another level, the Active Rasterisation enables jobs to be loaded and put into production in minutes, increasing efficiency and saving valuable time. In addition the RIP, which possesses an integrated read and print functionality, is capable of printing 4000 variable bitmaps on the fly, with no decrease in speed. Recent modifications include the ability to allow stitching, as well as a re-synchronisation feature to compensate for product slippage. Leading the Domino-ON-Demand team, Martin Phillips explains, “We are immensely excited to be shipping Domino-ON-Demand and are confident that it’s introduction into the variable data inkjet market will significantly raise the stakes of the game in terms of speed, flexibility and efficiency by offering colour output without compromising productivity. As a result, our customers will regularly be achieving 10%-30% reductions in make-ready times, as compared with alternative technologies.” Installation and training is easy and, for existing Domino users, operator training will be minimal as the new Domino-ON-Demand system can be added to units in the field. Domino-ON-Demand will start shipping in the US in early September.

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