Durst focuses on eco-friendly ink

Angela Starck
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Durst (7-K10) has made aqueous technology the key focus of its Fespa presence, part of its long-term strategy to provide a more eco-friendly alternative to UV-curable inks.

Durst said it expects the market to shift towards green production in the near future, as users look to adopt inks that are less damaging to the environment and not subject to health or environmental hazard labelling requirements. 

For more than two years, Durst has conducted research into the new water-based inks, culminating in its first 2.5m wide-format printer using the technology, the Rho WT 250 HS.

Thanks to its modified printheads, the new Rho uses water-based inks in a six-channel configuration and boasts output speeds of up to 400m2/h. The printer’s drying technology is based on a combination of infrared and UV.

Durst has also revealed the Rhotex 180 TR – a new transfer printer for the soft signage segment – at Fespa, along with a new feed system for the Rho 1312 UV printer.

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