Characterizing the N730i Digital UV Inkjet Label Press and Domino’s new Generation 7 inkjet platform as “the most significant new product we have launched,” Philip Easton, Director of the Domino Digital Printing Solutions Division, added: “This is the most significant new product we have launched since we started in the digital label press business. It’s been a huge collaborative team effort spread over five years involving our colleagues at Brother Industries, supplier partners, our development team, and our customers. 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 wide range of new features including the revolutionary Brother Bitstartm 1200-dpi 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. The OEM focused on three key areas – providing consistent print quality at high speeds, ease of use and flexibility. The N730i is designed to print all jobs, including those with a ‘silk-screen-like’ white, at 230 ft./min. (70m/min.). The Brother Bitstartm printhead uses a combination of the smallest drop sizes of 2.1 pl (picolitres) and nominal drop sizes of 2.8 pl and 3.3 pl, to provide consistent ink density across the image, producing exceptional print quality – 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 are 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.
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 (DFE) has been adopted, including improved variable-data printing performance, and producing process colours including orange and violet, for lower ink usage and an increased colour gamut. Support for the industry standard JDF/JMF data transfer format allows for automated job set-ups and reporting. This also means that upward integration with the leading management information systems can be readily achieved. The N730i is available with optional flexo stations for priming to facilitate consistent quality even on the most challenging media types, and for spot colours or varnishing, increasing the range of jobs that can be achieved, or for reverse white for cost-effective shrink-sleeve applications. These flexo stations can be retrofitted, providing users with greater flexibility as their business needs change.
The N730i includes Domino’s own in-house-developed UV90 ink set with excellent fade resistance, achieving a maximum Blue Wool Scale of eight on certain substrates. It has excellent mechanical properties, including abrasion resistance and scratch resistance. It’s 7-colour CMYKOV + W and achieves 92% of the Pantone range. The UV90 white ink is commonly used as a silk-screen replacement achieving an opacity of up to 76%. The Textures by Domino printing capability enables tactile, three-dimensional label design effects for greater shelf appeal. Finally, a complete range of services support the N730i. These include flexible in-house leasing options and the Domino Digital Solutions Program, which offers advanced operator training, sales training, production efficiency enhancement and job costing, as well as tailored consultancy services. In addition, a range of SafeGuard maintenance services is also available.