The objective Domino had to achieve was production automation, first of all the process of product Marking that should use the most recent technology.
PG&WIP manufacturer marks more than 20 million aluminium, paper and plastic items annually for a major furniture company. To meet the track and trace requirements of their high-profile customer, all parts need to be coded with a production site number. The mounting instructions, the consumer package, the multipack and finally the pallet also need to be coded.
Changing from our previous supplier to Domino was a great success.
PG&WIP usees the newest Domino printer Ax350i for marking kitchen handles. Product mounting instructions are marked with a G-Series printer and consumer packaging is labelled using the M230i-T4. Applicator is mounted on a sliding crossbar to label 3 products next to each other with one machine.
Small products are coded using CIJ technology and then placed in plastic packaging being marked by V320i thermal transfer printer. All consumer packages are then placed in multipacks marked with C6000i, a large character coder for secondary packaging, and placed on a pallet. The pallets are labelled using Domino M230i P150 print&apply machines. Data on a label are sent to the existing ERP system. Pallets are scanned before automated forklifts pick and load them onto trucks without any errors.
QuickDesign software from Domino seamlessly feeds into the existing ERP system. This removes human errors from code selection process. Using simple and user-friendly interface operators can now select any product on an iPad and QuickDesign then send the relevant information to all machines in the facility, ensuring all products are correctly coded.
PG&WIP have also signed up to Domino’s SafeSupply, providing a fixed-rate for the consumables it needs to keep its production going. As a result, stocks can be carefully monitored minimising unplanned downtime which can be expensive.