Durst launches new and upgraded kit in Hamburg

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Thursday 11 May 2017

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Durst is presenting a raft of new and upgraded machines at Fespa.


Durst drew the crowds with multiple launches

Four presses are being shown 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. All four machines are commercially available with immediate effect.

The upgraded Rho 512R Plus and Rho P10 250 HS Plus printers are being 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 400sqm/hr, up from the 360sqm/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.

“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 is 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 is presenting 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, is receiving its European show debut at Fespa.

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,” said Schulz.

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