The acquisition is part of Domino’s stated ongoing commitment to ‘do more’ to deliver best-in-class customer experience through products, services, and expertise, that help customers improve production efficiency and cut manufacturing waste.
The company recognises that with the growth of Industry 4.0, intelligent inspection and validation has become increasingly important to global customers within both digital printing, and coding and marking applications.
Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution and is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology that focuses heavily on interconnectivity, machine learning, and real-time data.
Domino says that the acquisition will bring proven solutions into its portfolio and provide customers with the opportunity to benefit from Lake Image Systems’ industry-leading expertise and create production lines with greater intelligence and product accuracy.
Lake Image Systems’ product range includes high-tech camera and lighting applications, and image data management software, which combine to produce intelligent vision systems for quality control and data verification purposes. By integrating vision systems into existing production processes, customers can benefit from real-time monitoring of print throughput, allowing issues with print quality and data accuracy to be identified and rectified as they emerge.
Robert Pulford, CEO at Domino said: ‘our acquisition of Lake Image Systems will expand our coding and marking hardware and software portfolio and further enhance our ability to deliver high-performance, integrated coding solutions.
‘The team’s strength in the inspection solutions market and expertise in camera-based print quality and variable data verification solutions will enable our customers to increase production efficiency, reduce manufacturing waste, and grow smart, sustainable manufacturing operations. In addition to Lake Image’s similar approach to hardware and software integration, the company shares many of the same values as Domino, with a determination to service its customers to the highest possible standards. This ensures a seamless transition for its expert consultants and technologists.’
Prior to the acquisition, Domino and Lake Image Systems collaborated for more than 20 years on projects to supply vision solutions for data verification to Domino’s commercial and digital printing customers.
Lake Image Systems is an established name within the field of vision inspection, with many years’ experience working on designing, developing, and manufacturing intelligent camera systems for the commercial printing, labelling, packaging, and mailing industries.
The company was founded in 1994, by Martin Keats, Paul Smith, and Paul Stinson, all of whom will remain within the business as a subsidiary of Domino. Over the last 26 years the company has expanded its international operations, and now employees 50 people, spread between four offices, including the company headquarters in UK, as well as the USA, France, and Singapore.
Solutions are available for a wide variety of applications, including variable code verification to ensure that the correct code is placed on the correct product; barcode grading and classification, to meet specific industry regulations; print integrity verification to identify issues with code duplication or label misplacement; and overall print quality analysis, to identify no-reads, smudges, and colour deviation.
Lake Image Systems will be integrated into Domino’s Strategic Business Development unit to create scalable, fully-integrated solutions for customers looking to explore vision control alongside coding and marking and digital printing solutions.
Looking to the future of manufacturing, Domino recognises the importance of integration and connectivity when implementing solutions for smart, sustainable production lines and has developed a range of Industry 4.0-ready printers, equipped with Domino Cloud functionality that provides options for remote monitoring as part of an advanced services suite.
The introduction of Lake Image Systems’ intelligent vision solutions into Domino’s product range will further add to this offering, providing customers with additional solutions to overcome productivity challenges and maximise production line efficiencies.
Lake Image Systems Managing Director Martin Keats said: ‘we have a long history working with Domino, and by joining forces we have an excellent platform to grow our business and deliver more value to our collective customers and partners. By combining our technologies and resources, we can accelerate the development of the next generation of integrated, intelligent vision solutions for the wider printing and packaging market.’