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Domino Printing works with University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing to master inks for different environments



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Domino Printing is collaborating with the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge on research that will examine how inks behave in different atmospheres and conditions and identify the best formulations for a range of applications.

They are exploring the jetting process in continuous inkjet printers to help ensure consistent, reliable print quality in coding and marking.

Dr Josie Harries, group programme director at Domino. Picture: Domino
Dr Josie Harries, group programme director at Domino. Picture: Domino

The type of ink required to achieve clean, crisp code on a drinks can, for example, is different to that required for harsher, industrial applications, such as printing on cables or cement bags.

The research will enable Domino to develop new formulations that will optimise inks for different production environments.

Dr Josie Harries, group programme director at Domino, said: “We are constantly seeking new ways to advance our products, solutions, and services to deliver the best performance and value for our customers.

“Part of our research includes an ongoing project to better understand the jetting process in continuous inkjet printers. We are looking to examine how inkjet formulations behave in every type of atmosphere from hot to icy cold, from sticky to dusty, to reflect all the variables likely in our customers’ plants, so that we can identify which formulations make reliable inks.”

Dr Cristina Rodriguez Rivero, research associate in fluids in advanced manufacturing at the Institute for Manufacturing
Dr Cristina Rodriguez Rivero, research associate in fluids in advanced manufacturing at the Institute for Manufacturing

The IfM will also help Domino better understand particle build-up, which occurs when small ink deposits accumulate within a printhead, leading to the need for more frequent cleaning and potential downtime for customers.

The research is designed to aid the industry in designing printer that are operational for a greater proportion of the time and help R&D teams develop inks that function better in specific printers or production environments, cutting downtime and waste.

Dr Harries said: “Collaboration, whether with the IfM, our colleagues, or external partners is key to our R&D efforts in this area – it is also one of our core business values, and a central part of how we are working to build expertise within Domino.

“An issue, or idea, studied in isolation will only progress so far, restricted by the knowledge, experience, and technical capabilities of one entity. By working with the IfM we are not only able to extend our existing testing capabilities, but also benefit from a broader knowledge base.”

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