Three new products were on display including the A320i general purpose inkjet printer, the V120i coder for flexible packaging and labels and the Laser D120i for labels, cartons and PET bottles.
Lee Metters, strategic products director at Domino, told FoodProductionDaily.com that each machine offers its own particular distinguishing features and innovations. The V120i coder, for example, is designed to offer a more affordable and compact option for users of flexible packaging
However, Metters said there are common themes that underline the development of all three new machines.
One of the main priorities across the range relates to ease of use for those installing, maintaining and operating the equipment. With staff turnover increasing and time for training being squeezed, increasing simplicity and minimising user interaction have become major customer demands.
The emphasis on usability demands a consideration of the whole portfolio and not just individual machines. Metters said Domino has made a number of acquisitions over the past decade and this has meant that it has had to take on board significant variety in design and technology.
He said the company is now in the process of harmonising design so that all new products have the same user interface and even the sockets, plugs and appearance of products is more uniform.
To finance all this work, Domino has increased spending on research and development by 36 per cent over the past year. The company plans to maintain that level of spending during 2011 as it rolls out more new products, under its new harmonised approach.
Metters said new products will be launched at Interpack, in Dusseldorf in May 2011 but could not give any further details at this stage.
Domino has just published its full year financial results, reporting a significant improvement on 2009 figures. Sales revenues rose 17 per cent to hit the £300m mark while pre-tax profit almost doubled, increasing £24.1m to £52.1m.