Domino Printing has been selected by Firestone Walker Brewing Company to ingrate two of its advanced continuous inkjet and laser printing solutions into the latter’s three main production lines of cans, kegs and bottles of pale ales and barrel-aged brews.
The California-based brewer selected Domino’s A420i and the D320i advanced laser printers to clearly present the date code on its brew bottles.
Firestone Walker packaging manager Wills Crosby said: "One of the most critical elements to packaging is the date codes.
"It’s our commitment to show full visibility of when the beer was packaged and ensure that customers are receiving the freshest product on the market."
Used on Firestone Walker’s cans, A420i continuous inkjet offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any inkjet printer due to a new i-Tech service-free ink system that delivers ultra-low makeup usage, which reduces costs and operator intervention.
Firestone has employed Domino’s D320i laser to code bottle labels and cartons.
The scribing laser permanently applies codes to a range of materials from low to high production speeds, and can also produce unlimited lines of text in any orientation, in many fonts and sizes.
The lasers can be managed by Domino’s intuitive remote TouchPanel or through the web-based interface from any industrial PC.
The two products are built to withstand challenging production environments, including the harsh wash downs required to thoroughly clean brewing equipment.