Domino Printing Sciences has launched two new direct food contact inks that can be used to code directly onto eggs.
The two new inks are compatible with Domino’s A420i and A520i systems, and offer a higher contrast code compared to previous inks used in the egg sector. The company’s coding and marking technology can be fully integrated with Moba and Sanovo graders on egg processing lines. By combining continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers with the new EU-and FDA-compliant inks, Domino’s A-Series i-Tech systems are capable of printing high-contrast codes onto both brown and white eggs.
The A520i’s compact stainless steel cabinet and IP66 electronics enclosure make it ideal for coding in harsh environments, while its stackable design means that multiple units can be integrated along the processing line with the added benefit of a remote user interface.
More importantly, Domino’s egg coding solution facilitates can significantly cut costs as no manual maintenance is required and the three-stage solvent recovery allows for the lowest total cost of ownership.
Greg Treanor, product marketing manager – CIJ for Domino Printing Sciences, said: “Egg coding is a legal requirement in an increasing number of countries, as codes contain the traceability and food safety information that allow eggs to cross borders and be exported. Since 2004, a producer code regulated by EU law has allowed consumers to distinguish free range and organic farming eggs from those produced by hens in industrial cage complexes.
“In addition, brand recognition also plays a role. Where regulatory compliance is not a legal requirement, a code enables a manufacturer to help distinguish their product by branding eggs with logos or trademarks. This is especially relevant for eggs that are sold loose and not within a carton, as is the case in some emerging markets, but it also proves helpful for customers that prefer a specific brand of eggs that they know comes from a safe, reputable source.”
Domino Printing Sciences solutions development manager Bob Lilley added: “The egg market is a specialist area in which Domino has a wealth of experience. Thanks to this tailored solution that delivers excellent performance and consistent print quality, we believe we are fully equipped to answer the demands of this key market for the foreseeable future.”
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