Durst unveils four new presses
At FESPA 2017, which took place from 8-12 May at the Hamburg
Messe, industrial inkjet specialist Durst unveiled a raft of new
and upgraded machines.
Four new presses were presented on the manufacturer’s stand,
the UV-based Rho P10 250 HS Plus and Rho 512R Plus printers and
the water-based Rho WT 250 and Rhotex 325.
The upgraded Rho 512R Plus and Rho P10 250 HS Plus printers
were presented under the slogan of ‘Investment Security and
Reliability’. These two machines supersede the original Rho 512R
and Rho P10 250 HS printers.
The Rho 512R Plus enhances the company’s 5m-wide printer with
a new Fine Art printing mode at 1,200dpi. Additionally, in
Production mode, the machine can now reach speeds of up to 400
sqm/hr, up from the 360 sqm/hr top speed that could be achieved
on the original Rho 512R.
“The quality improvement with Fine Art mode is significant,”
said Durst Group executive vice-president of global sales
Barbara Schulz, Executive Vice-President of Global Sales,
“We introduced this mode on the flatbed side last year –
while we felt it would appeal to smaller digital specialist
segment customers doing very high-quality work, it’s actually
been more in demand than that so we wanted to roll it out on the
roll-to-roll side as well.”
The Rho 512R Plus also offers a new V-cut system while new,
additional colours are said to enable finer colour transitions.
The Rho P10 250 HS Plus offers 40% greater productivity than
its predecessor. It also includes an ink-saver function, which
saves up to 15% of ink, as well as an advanced application for
roll-to-roll double-sided printing.
Field upgrades are available for existing 512R and Rho P10
250 HS users wishing to add the new features of the Plus models
to their machines.
The company was also showing its new software offering, Durst
Analytics. This preventive service option is said to guarantee
user uptime by monitoring important machine parameters and
taking proactive service measures.
On the water-based side, Durst presented two machines under
the slogan of ‘Innovation and Sustainability’.
An updated version of the manufacturer’s Rho WT 250 flatbed
printer is now capable of printing on plastics such as
polypropylene for the first time. The machine can also be used
to print on paper media and corrugated boards.
Additionally, the Rhotex 325, 3.2m-wide eco-friendly printer,
which replaces the Rhotex 322 in Durst’s portfolio, received its
European show debut at FESPA 2017.
This machine features the dual properties of
direct-to-textile and printing on transfer paper. We knew it
would be a good model for the market and for our customer base
but we have increased our budget for it because it’s already
been a success to an extent that we had not foreseen,” concluded