Domino wants to do for book printing what it has already achieved in label printing with its N610 inkjet press.
The K630i mono inkjet press will the centre of an out of the box book production solution, says product manager Bryan Palphreyman. The first K630i has been in operation at Ashford Colour Press where it runs inline to a Hunkeler Bookline. A second machine has been sold to an as yet unnamed UK printer, one that has some experience in inline finishing for digital print.
“Our ambition is to provide a white paper book solution,” he says. “Then the real efficiencies of digital come. The more partners, the less labour is needed, and the more efficient a printer becomes.”
Palphreyman has been engaged in investigating the market potential for such as solution across Europe and North America in particular. The company is also in advanced discussions with partners able to link automatically to the press to take the reel, cut, fold, collate and deliver finished books.
He continues: “The feedback has been very encouraging. We want to bring print and finishing together and we want to make it seamless because that’s where customers will get the efficiencies.”
It is not necessarily a solution for short run books or book of one production. The label press before this has been accepted as a flexo replacement machine in many cases because finishing can be integrated into the line and finished labels delivered.
The press is a duplexing machine owning a small footprint and using NIR drying to ensure that the paper is fully dry and in its original condition when reaching the finishing line. At Ashford, the press has been used to take on mono only work that had previously been printed on its HP T series webs. These are freed to handle colour printing. “And there is a lot of mono only work,” says Palfreyman. “The quality has been approved by the likes of Penguin and Taylor Francis, so there are no questions there.”
The intention is to create a solution that is as automated as possible. This includes cleaning routines to keep the heads in tiptop condition while discouraging users from poking inside the machine. “We do not want to provide a me-too solution,” says Palphreyman. “We grew from a standing start to a #1 position in inkjet labels and we want to do the same for books.”
The K630i mono inkjet press is at the centre of Domino's plans for a complete book production system including inline finishing. It hopes to repeat the success it has had in the label market.