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Domino celebrates 10,000th scribing laser installation

20 April 2011

The occasion was marked with a presentation to PT Frisian Flag Indonesia, the purchaser of unit no. 10,000, at its Pasar Rebo plant in Jakarta, Indonesia

Cambridge, UK-headquartered Domino introduced dot matrix lasers to its portfolio of coding and marking technologies in 1994. Scribing laser - particularly appealing to users in industries such as food and healthcare thanks to its fast, high-performance method of coding with minimal consumables usage - joined the line-up in 2001.

A decade on and 10,000 sales later, the range represents a significant proportion of Domino's £300 million annual turnover.

PT Frisian Flag Indonesia, the country's leading dairy producer, purchased its first scribing laser in 2003, via Domino's local distributor Muzatech. PT Frisian Flag Indonesia's Technical Manager Iwan Perdana states that laser was the clear choice to replace its previous coding arrangements, which included embossing and hot foil.

"We needed a reliable and high quality coding system to apply two-line codes on pack formats including printed cartons and printed and metallised aluminium foil sachets," Iwan explains. "Having compared various systems on the market, we opted for Domino on the basis of outstanding product performance combined with great 24-hour local support."

The relationship has gone from strength to strength since that initial 25 watt laser installation. PT Frisian Flag Indonesia now operates 55 Domino lasers on site, with a further six on order for installation in the coming months. Output ranges from 10 to 30 watts to accommodate different applications and line speeds.

Products manufactured at the Jakarta site include powdered milk in cartons and sweetened condensed milk in foil sachets. The sachet lines run at up to 60 cycles/minute with 12 sachets produced per cycle and it's here that the 25 and 30 watt lasers really come into their own from Mr Perdana's perspective: "One of the key advantages of the Domino D-Series is that we can code across 12 lanes with a minimum number of lasers and then use a single controller for all heads," he says.

This makes for a streamlined installation and fast and easy batch start-up. Adjustable focus enables the Domino lasers to be attuned to the substrate to ensure clear marking right across the foil web with no danger of perforation.

"This is now our coding method of choice and we plan to standardise on laser on all existing and new packaging lines going forward," confirms Mr Perdana. "We are very happy with every aspect of our relationship with Domino - sales, training, service and support."

Nigel Bond, group managing director at Domino, who was in Jakarta to present the commemorative award, said, "I am delighted to have the opportunity personally to recognise PT Frisian Flag Indonesia. This is a very important customer in a very important market for Domino and it's rewarding to see our commitment rewarded in such fine style. This site is a true showcase for our laser technology and on behalf of the entire Domino team, I'd like to thank PT Frisian Flag Indonesia for its loyal support."

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