RMC Digital Print, a wide format trade printer based in Hull in the UK, has invested in a 5m wide Durst Rho 512R Plus roll to roll large format printer. The company mainly caters to signage, museum and exhibition work.
This is RMC’s second Durst printer, the company having installed a Rho P10 two years ago, which has been configured with tables to handle rigid materials as well as white ink for multi-layered backlit work.
The 512R Plus is a UV-curable printer. It uses Durst Qadro Array printheads along with Variodrop technology and uses multiple impulses for modulating drop sizes. RMC has opted to add light magenta and light cyan plus two white ink channels to the standard CMYK inks in order to produce better quality, partly illuminated flex face and textile graphics for the signage and exhibition sectors. Durst also makes a version with LED curing though RMC stuck with mercury lamps as they were a better fit for the multi-layer prints that the company specialises in.
Nicole Spencer, Operations Director at RMC Digital Print, commented: “The quality on the Dursts is really, really good, particularly with fine text and for high density colours. One exhibition client has found that instead of double-striking to get the green, it can now all be done in a single pass. And we can also leave the machine to run on its own in the evening with unattended printing due to the carbon fibre bars and encompassed tracking software. It’s marvellous.”
This installation comes on the back of roughly £1million investment in equipment and buildings. That included some £550-£600k spent on new machinery – the Durst P10 250HS and a second Zund – the G3 XL3200 which were bought in 2017. Spencer adds: “Last year we completed the extension of our factory including a new mezzanine and covered loading area, taking the existing factory from 6500 square foot to around 12,000 square foot. Including fixtures and fittings the new build cost around £400k. We’ve added extra storage areas and more room for print finishing within this area.”
This investment has also worked as the company has seen its turnover grown by 20% to £3million in the past two years.
You can read more about RMC on the company’s website at www.rmcdigitalprint.co.uk.