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12 September, 2019 - 14:10 By Kate Sweeney

PepsiCo more than happy with Domino Printing technology

Domino Printing Sciences

The canning lines of North America’s largest independent producer of PepsiCo products have been given a coding makeover with the introduction of the F720i fibre laser printer from Cambridge inkjet technology pioneer Domino Printing Sciences.

Domino celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and has twice won our Business of the Year honour – 20 years apart, in 1991 and 2010.

The Bar Hill business, now owned by Japanese giant Brother Industries, continues to innovate.

Pepsi Bottling Ventures is responsible for serving eight million customers from 16 production plants in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. 

Within facilities, canning lines run at high speeds, with no room for downtime, so quality coding has always been a significant challenge for the company.

In the past, Pepsi Bottling Ventures used inkjet printers to code the bottom of its cans, but, after becoming dissatisfied with the resulting code quality, upgraded their lines with F720i fibre laser printers. 

The F720i laser uses short, intense pulses, which significantly increases its marking speed and allows it to deliver high-quality codes on up to 100,000 cans per hour. 

The result is a high-resolution, durable mark, time after time, can after can.
Beverage canning lines present a challenge when it comes to coding and marking, as hot, humid, conditions can cause condensation to build up on the outside of cold cans making it difficult for inks to stick. With a fibre laser printer, as there is no ink adhesion, there is no issue.

The F720i is a simple solution for beverage coding, which integrates seamlessly and is low maintenance. An IP65 rating and robust build make the printer suitable for even the harshest production environments. 

Total cost of ownership is also reduced through the removal of inks and solvents, uninterrupted production runs, and a lack of waste typically associated with can printing.

Founded in 1978, Domino has established a global reputation for the continual development and manufacture of its total coding and printing technologies that meet the needs of manufacturers and sets new industry standards in quality and reliability.

Through a global network of 25 subsidiary offices and in excess of 200 distributors, the group operates in over 120 countries employing over 2,700 people worldwide with manufacturing facilities in the UK, China, Germany, India, Sweden and the US.

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