Durst launches four new wide format printers

Durst has launched four new wide format printers. There’s a new HS version of the P10 200/250, which is a hybrid UV printer. Durst has fitted extra nozzle plates to the printhead array, without taking up any more space in the array, giving it a maximum print speed of 400 sqm/hr with the same 1000 dpi resolution. It also gains LED Pin curing, which is used to fix the inks before the conventional curing stage to cope with the faster speed.
There’s a new Rho 1300 series of flatbeds, which builds on the existing Rho 1030 but is 25 percent faster with a 1312 model that runs at up to 620 sqm/hr and a 1330 that runs at up to 1250 sqm/hr. This series uses a new configuration, that Durst calls ‘Gradual Flow Printing, whereby the printhead array covers the entire width. The image is still built up in several passes, but each pass now prints a layer across the whole width rather than just a narrow swathe, which according to sales manager Michael Lackner allows the ink to fill in the valleys in the media for a much smoother finish. It also has a more powerful vacuum and improved media registration, which should yield better performance with materials such as corrugated. This also uses pinning to fix the ink as it is printed, followed up by more powerful curing with an external UV dryer.
Durst has also improved on the Rhotex 322 with a new Rhotex HS textile printer, which Durst claims is over twice as fast. It can run at 300 sqm/hr and should produce around 500,000 sqm per year. It uses the Durst Quadro Z print array which has a resolution of 1200 dpi, with variable drop sizes of 7,14 and 2 picolitres. It uses water-based disperse dye inks, with eight colours, which are said to be suitable for up to two years outdoor use. Its roll fed, with a 330mm printing width. It’s aimed at industrial uses including POS displays, indoor wall graphics, flags, banners and backdrops.
Durst has also launched the 312R roll to roll printer, which uses the 12M Quadro array, with a fixed 12 picolitre drop size and resolution up to 900dpi. It can produce up to 240 sqm/hr or 122sqm/hr in POP mode. It’s also possible to produce two 1.6m wide rolls simultaneously, side by side from different print queues. It has six colours, with a choice of different inksets according to the media. It’s aimed at wall papers, POP banners and backlits.

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