Using the Domino Cloud service tool and the i-Techx platform, the company is providing remote access and monitoring, as well as ‘error-free’ coding and system integration.
This is designed to result in a smart, interconnected network of machines and processes that centralise and simplify coding procedures.
“Coding requirements are becoming increasingly more complex in a number of industries around the world, which means system integration and the improved automation of the production line are key to simplifying the coding process,” says James Murtagh, Industry 4.0 Lead at Domino Printing Sciences. “There’s no better way of achieving this than through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).”
He said Domino is actively collaborating with organisations to develop industry communication standard protocols for coding and marking.
The newly launched Ax-Series Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers use various integrated sensors to automate system monitoring, allowing for proactive and predictive diagnostics and remote service support through IIoT and connection to the Domino Cloud.
“We are providing the building blocks of Industry 4.0 in coding and marking,” said Murtagh.
Domino Cloud’s computing platform connects the company’s support network to customer printers to monitor their operation and performance.
Cloud-hosted dashboards provide 24/7 access to up-to-date printer information. This enables the customer to be alerted to any issues, retrieve data for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) calculations, compare printer performance across plants, as well as forecast ahead for refilling and reordering inks and consumables.
“Thanks to Domino Cloud, we have effectively substituted reactive fixing with proactive servicing,” added Murtagh. “By combining this online tool with our i-Techx coding and automation software, Domino is able to provide a comprehensive Industry 4.0 solution.”
The i-Techx software integrates Domino printers into factory automation systems such as MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) via industry communication standard protocols.