Domino Unveils N730i Digital UV Inkjet Label Press

GURNEE, IL—On Sept. 30, via a virtual broadcast, Domino announced the launch of the N730i digital UV inkjet label press, introducing the new Domino Generation 7 inkjet platform.

Philip Easton, director of the Domino Digital Printing Solutions division, commented, “This is the most significant new product we have launched since we started in the digital label press business. It has been a huge collaborative team effort spread over five years involving our colleagues at Brother Industries, supplier partners, our development team and our customers. Today, we are so proud of what the N730i delivers, as we truly believe it sets new standards in high performance inkjet label printing.”

The N730i incorporates a host of brand-new features, including the revolutionary Brother BITSTARTM 1200dpi piezo printhead, the SunLight graphical user interface, and the latest automated Domino i-Tech intelligent technology features, including i-Tech SetAlign and i-Tech CleanCap2.

Louise Adcock, global product manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions, highlighted, “During the development of the N730i, we focused on three key areas: providing consistent print quality at high speed, ease of use and flexibility.”

The N730i is designed to print all jobs, including those with a “silk screen-like” white, at 230 fpm.

The Brother BITSTARTM 1200 dpi printhead uses a combination of the smallest drop sizes of 2.1 pl and nominal drop sizes of 2.8 pl and 3.3 pl to provide consistent ink density across the image, producing exceptional printing including fine fonts, micro-text, sharper edges and smoother gradients. Patented triple-layer polycrystalline micro piezo technology minimizes cross talk and delivers precise nozzle control for optimum drop placement accuracy.

Domino’s unique intelligent technology (i-Tech) features represent developments designed to measurably improve efficiency, use, function and reliability. i-Tech SetAlign is a new automated system that sets density and accurately aligns the printheads. The result is uniform and seamless print quality across the full web width. Domino has also enhanced performance with i-Tech CleanCap2, an automated printhead cleaning and capping system, which is a controlled process reducing manual operator intervention and waste. Other i-Tech features include the established i-Tech ActiFlow, UltraMix and WebRev.

Adcock continued, “In basic terms, our customers win business against their competitors on the labels they can produce, they make a profit from delivering them efficiently. The N730i’s consistent high print quality will mean they will win more business, while high speed combined with reliability means they can also print it efficiently.”

The existing user interface has been completely rewritten for the N730i with the development of the new Domino SunLight. This flexible graphical user interface with its modern look and feel is completely intuitive and highly configurable. A new enhanced version of the industry standard Esko Digital Front End has been adopted, including improved variable data printing performance, and producing process colors including orange and violet, for lower ink usage and an increased color gamut. Support for the industry standard JDF/JMF data transfer format allows for automated job setup and reporting. This also means upward integration with the leading management information systems can be readily achieved.

Offering label manufacturers maximum flexibility, the N730i is available with optional flexographic stations for priming to facilitate consistent quality even on the most challenging media types, and for spot colors or varnishing, increasing the range of jobs that can be achieved, or for reverse white for cost-effective shrink sleeve applications. These flexographic stations can be retrofitted, providing customers with greater flexibility as their business needs change.

The N730i includes Domino’s own in-house developed UV90 inkset with excellent fade resistance, achieving a maximum Blue Wool Scale of eight on certain substrates. It has excellent mechanical properties including abrasion and scratch resistance. It is 7-color CMYKOV + W and achieves 92 percent of the Pantone range. The UV90 white ink is commonly used by customers as a silk-screen replacement achieving an opacity of up to 76 percent. The Textures by Domino printing capability enables tactile three-dimensional label design effects to be created for greater shelf appeal.