Helping build the factory of the future

Industry 4.0 is revolutionising manufacturing through the utilisation of cyber connected systems, which monitor factory processes to maximise efficiency and reduce downtime. Insignia’s Domino Cloud and Ax-Series are part of this global change.

Industry 4.0 is a global reality that is affecting nearly every industry worldwide, and is transforming how businesses operate. It introduces a ‘smart factory’, where cyber-physical systems monitor production processes and are capable of making decentralised decisions – for example, monitoring consumable levels in a printer and alerting users that a consumable changeover is required.

In an Industry 4.0 ready factory, every machine and computing device is integrated and connected to the internet, enabling them to send and receive data – this process is what’s commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The interconnectivity of these smart devices is empowering a step change in productivity, efficiency and customer-centric innovation for manufacturers.

Domino Cloud

The release of Domino’s i-Techx platform and the Domino Cloud service tool are shaping Industry 4.0 in the areas of coding and marking. Both are built into Domino’s latest continuous inkjet technology, the Ax-Series. Designed from the ground up to be industry 4.0 ready, the series easily integrates into existing production lines and supports a variety of standard factory automation communication protocols such as PACK-ML and OPC-UA.

Additionally, an array of integrated sensors automate system monitoring, allowing for proactive and predictive diagnostics and remote service support through the IoT and connection to the Domino Cloud.

The Domino Cloud provides powerful remote diagnostics, remote monitoring and customer reporting capabilities. For example, Domino’s i-Techx platform collects a vast array of data on printer operation – from running performance to ink and makeup levels, to wear and tear on components. This data is can be accessed through the Domino Cloud dashboard where it can be viewed by the customer at any time, regardless of the location. This enables the customer to be alerted to any issues and forecast ink and consumable orders.  Additionally, this data incorporates Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) calculations and printer usage changes to provide insights for line improvement and lead manufacturing initiatives.

How does Domino Cloud help manufacturers?

Domino’s i-Techx platform and the Domino Cloud service tool provides manufacturers with error-free coding and system integration, as well as remote access and monitoring. This results in a smart and interconnected network of machines and processes that centralises and simplifies coding processes.

The consumption of ink and make-up can be monitored in real-time, utilising the Domino Cloud dashboard. Additionally, complications can be diagnosed from a distance by the helpdesk team and either fixed remotely or through an Insignia service technician who can find the problem on-site.

Moreover, through automation, streams of information for OEE calculations and cost structures can be closely monitored to maximise efficiency, resulting in reduced downtime and increased production at the lowest possible cost.

Decentralised systems can increase profitability for manufacturers by streamlining and speeding up decisions, resulting in increased revenue, market share and profits for many businesses.

For coding and marking processes, Industry 4.0 means that inaccurate codes and unplanned downtime caused by equipment will no longer be a problem faced by manufacturers. Coding and marking machines will become part of a single intelligent factory operation, capable of monitoring performance and assisting team members with making informed decisions.

Domino Cloud is already shaping factories of the future and empowering a step change in productivity and efficiency for manufacturers.

“We highly recommend Domino Cloud as a user friendly remote tool that gives us useful management information insight into all our connected production lines,” affirmed Dorin Cimpu, manager strategic projects, Continental Tyres.

 

Label and package printing expo expands into SE Asia

The organiser of the Labelexpo Global Series events has announced the launch of Labelexpo Southeast Asia. Focused on the region’s strong and fast growing market, the latest edition of the worldwide event portfolio will take place 10-12 May 2018 at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand.

Like other Labelexpo events, the new three-day trade show guarantees to attract label and package printing converters/printers, brand owners, designers and industry suppliers. Large delegations are expected to attend from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and across the wider region including Japan, South Korea, Australasia and Taiwan.

Showcasing the latest label and packaging solutions, new innovations will be presented with over 200 exhibitors expected to participate at the inaugural event. Already endorsed by the Indonesian Packaging Federation, all the key industry players are expected to attend. The event will also encompass an educational and topical conference program which will cover the latest trends, printing techniques and technologies.

With the advent of Labelexpo Southeast Asia, Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai will now be renamed Labelexpo China to reflect the show’s visitor demographics.

Industrial label printer

Label Power has launched Epson's new ColorWorks C7500 Pigment Ink industrial in-house label printers. The ColorWorks C7500 and C7500g colour inkjet desktop label printers, which have been developed to help manufacturers meet a wide variety of in-house, on-demand, customised labelling requirements.

The new ColorWorks C7500 range incorporates Epson's new PrecisionCore Micro TFP line printhead which has been specifically developed for use in the commercial grade, industrial labelling market and lasts for the lifetime of the printer. 

This printhead, Epson's most advanced, ensures high reliability alongside the ability to print 600x1200dpi quality labels on a wide variety of materials including matte, gloss and synthetic media. In addition, it's capable of a wide range of formats and sizes up to 108mm wide and print speeds up to 300mm/sec. 

Sharp, high-quality results are achieved through the use of Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT), which produces ink droplets in a range of precisely controlled sizes. In addition, Nozzle Verification Technology and dot substitution help prevent misprints and dead pixels to ensure consistent printouts.

The C7500 and C7500G uses Epson's pigment ink in high-capacity cartridges to give fast drying labels that are smudge, water and fade resistant. The printer is easy to use, integrates into most operating systems and features an auto-cutter as standard and a take-up unit for roll-to-roll printing as an option. 

The ColorWorks C7500 and C7500G come equipped with ZPL II programming compatibility to allow direct plug-in replacement for manufacturers operating two-step printing with traditional thermal transfer printers. In this application, the printer can produce full colour labels from blank stock by automatically merging "colour preprint" images in memory with existing monochrome data streams.