“A key element of our evaluation and selection process was the feedback we had from our packaging line operators and technicians, all of whom highlighted the quality output, ease of use and reliability of Domino’s A-Series coder,” explains Ian Savill, Technical Engineering Manager at Croda’s Hull site. “We could find no other coder on the market that could match our expectations and therefore, Domino’s latest A-Series coder, the A320i became the obvious choice.”
Ian and his team worked closely with Domino’s engineering specialists who provided onsite assistance throughout installation to ensure a seamless transition and minimise production downtime.
“The installation went extremely smoothly and the A320i is already proving to be the perfect solution to our needs,” continues Savill. “It is so easy to use – there are no complicated shutdown sequences to follow and it also has the added benefit of self cleaning, which is every operator’s dream. In addition, thanks to the capabilities of the A320i to change batch codes simply and quickly, we now have two production lines feeding into the one packaging line, which has further increased our processing efficiency.”
Incorporating Domino’s new i-Tech intelligent Technology, the A320i with its range of smart technologies offered everything that Croda required in terms of delivering tangible OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and environmental benefits, whilst fulfilling its need to deliver reliable and variable coding within its existing packaging line. The A320i is capable of printing up to four lines of code, text, automatic serial and batch numbering, and real-time clocks using 90% less system ink and 50% less solvent than previous models.
Savill concludes, “Domino’s A320i not only saves us a considerable amount of time, it has also delivered cost savings too without any compromise on quality and reliability. We will continue to evaluate and improve our production and packaging lines in the future and I am confident that Domino will remain a trusted partner throughout this ongoing process.”