European first showing of Durst label & workflow system
Digital Home Textiles Portfolio with Pigment Application by Probo
Wins 2017 Top Products Award
Major Success for Durst – Tile Manufacturers Focusing on Quality and Digital Glaze
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Brixen, Italy – 24/04/2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, will be showing the best of the digital inkjet and conventional worlds, integrated into a single label printing system at Interpack 2017, Düsseldorf, Germany, from 4–10 May 2017. First exhibited as a prototype at LabelExpo Americas 2016, the Durst Tau 330 / OMET XFlex X6 Hybrid System, now combined with Durst’s new Web-To-Print and PrePress Workflow-Label software, will make its European debut on the Durst Booth D73, Hall, 13, Düsseldorf.
The integration of the market leading Tau 330 with near-line pre- and post press finishing solutions in cooperation with OMET, the world’s leader in flexographic printing presses, will provide customers with a digital label printing system that is complemented by a wide range of conventional printing and finishing solutions. These include flexo stations for priming and/or varnishing, web cleaning and corona treatment, rotary/semi-rotary die cutting, and slitting.
The Tau 330 / OMET XFlex X6 Hybrid System will be shown with Durst’s own production workflow, Durst Workflow-Label, designed specifically for label print production providers. The solution is a modular, expandable pre-press software for order entry, pre-press, RIP, color management, ink costing and production data management. It offers key functionality such as automated knock-out of non-print areas, resulting in lower ink consumption, a high access and self explaining browser-based interface for immediate job costing and easy to use high speed variable data functionality.
Another highlight at the Durst booth will be the new Web-To-Print solution for online design, preview and ordering of all kinds of packaging products like folding carton, labels, and many more. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see full live demonstrations of the entire digital workflow from online ordering, data processing, digital printing and finishing.
The Tau 330 platform is a UV inkjet label press with more than 100 installations world wide. It features a 330 mm (13 in.) print width, up to seven colors (CMYKOViW) and offers printing speeds of up to 48 linear meters/min (169 ft./min) with up to 1260 dpi print resolutions. The press features leading-edge production capacity and print quality, and thanks to its seven color stations achieves close to 90% Pantone color gamut coverage.
In cooperation with OMET the Tau 330 series presents unlimited material flexibility for a vast range of applications. Its new near-line primer station provides increased material flexibility and cost saving potential and its flexible post press finishing options complete the near-line label and package printing production needs.
Helmuth Munter, Segment Manager, Durst Label & Package Printing, said: “The reaction to the prototype Tau 330 / OMET system at LabelExpo last year was hugely encouraging, and we have pressed on with our development of this unique technology integration and have completed the system with state of the art Web-To-Print and Workflow software. We’re proud to show the entire system now for European visitors for the first time – an innovative end-to-end digital production workflow combining digital printing and conventional finishing with unrivalled capabilities in materials, colors and special effects finishing.”
Brixen, Italy – 12/23/2016 – Durst, the manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, is unveiling its extensive Alpha Series portfolio with multi-pass inkjet printing systems for the digital production of home textiles and fashion at Heimtextil 2017 in Hall 6 at Stand C16.
Depending on what they are used for, Alpha printing systems offer printing widths from 190 to 330 cm and can be configured with up to 8 colors and 64 Alpha-S printheads. With a native resolution of 600 dpi and printing speeds of up to 620 lm/h, they boast 24/7 industrial-scale production capacities, and can be used directly and with tremendous flexibility. The various samples and applications produced by Probo and on display at the trade fair stand will show visitors exactly what these systems can do. In February 2016, the Dutch web-to-print supplier installed a high-performance Alpha 330 inkjet printing in its machine park in Dokkum in order to be able to offer home textiles and accessories alongside its existing soft signage portfolio. The great thing is that clients are able to order their printed items – from yard goods to large volumes – directly in the Probo online website. Orders received by 4:30 p.m. can even be shipped the next day.
This efficiency is due not just to the performance of the Alpha Series and digital workflow, but also to the Greentex pigment ink developed by Durst that require no pre- or post-treatment when used with standard materials such as cotton or polyester. This makes the production processes much shorter and considerably more cost-effective regardless of the size of the print run.
The Durst Textile Printing team at the trade fair stand will provide information about these and other options for the Alpha Series such as intelligent feeder systems that adapt automatically to the various textile materials and roll circumferences, and will also be on hand to arrange individual appointments. To arrange an appointment, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Durst Rho 3M™ Premium UV Ink Series has received the 2017 Top Products award from Wide-Format & Signage magazine. The award is presented to “breakthrough products” that over the past year generated the most excitement in the wide- and grand-format printing industry that delivers the most value to today’s printing businesses.
The co-branded Rho 3M™ Premium UV Ink Series was chosen as the top Ink by a vote of the magazine’s readership, which is comprised of members and observers of the commercial printing industry.
“We are delighted that the Durst Rho Roll 3M™ Premium ink has been voted one of Wide-Format & Signage 2017 Top Products by the community of professional print providers,” says Larry D’Amico, Director of Sales, Durst Image Technology U.S. “Being able to provide printers with the ability to produce 3M™ MCS™ warranted graphics on the Rho 512R and Rho 312R platforms is significant, as these devices are ideal for the type of applications that require the MCS™ warranty.”
“Choosing 3M™-branded inks with a premium equipment partner like Durst, assures users of Rho 512R and Rho 312R printers that all of their graphic components have been designed to work together, with the backing of 3M”, Said Adam Larson, Global Portfolio Manager for 3M.
By employing these premium UV inks, Durst users will be able to offer 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Certified graphics upon completion of the certification process. The combination of Durst world-renowned innovation and durability with the added backing of a 3M™ MCS™ warranty will elevate roll-to-roll productivity and reliability to a new level, the companies said.
For information on Durst North America or any of Durst’s products and services, contact Christopher Guyett, Sales & Marketing Coordinator: phone (585) 486-0340 ext. 5270, e-mail email@example.com. Or visit Durst U.S. online at: www.durstus.com
Brixen, Italy – 13.04.2017 – Durst, the manufacturer of pioneering digital production technologies, is looking back at a successful presence at the Expo Revestir 2017 trade fair. The Durst Ceramics Printing Segment had its own stand, showcasing its successful Gamma XD 4.0 portfolio to the Brazilian ceramic tile market. The revolutionary digital glaze printing technology, which allows users to develop and manufacture innovative products with an incredible sharpness and richness of detail that have never been seen before, was a real crowd-puller. So too was the unique Durst DM (Digital Material) printing head technology, which allows effect inks to be printed in large quantities (over 100 gsm), and therefore special designs and effects to be created. For this reason, it was no surprise that 4 out of the 10 products nominated for the “Prêmio dos Arquitetos e Designers de Interiores” Revestir Design Award were produced with Durst Gamma XD printing systems.
On the Brazilian ceramic tile market, the degree of digitization has now reached 80%, and Revestir 2017 made it clear that the market is consolidating and in the process of focusing more on quality. Tile manufacturers who specialize in mass production with the “Via Seca” production method are seeing new market opportunities and scope for differentiation in the manufacturing of high-quality “Via Umeda” porcelain tiles. Accordingly, the Durst Gamma XD portfolio was the center of attention for over 68,000 trade visitors, since the print quality of the Gamma printing systems is regarded as the standard of reference in tile decoration. With new features for color management and workflow, they also offer further customization and flexibilization options in production. But most importantly, the Gamma XD 4.0 series provides the platform for the future Full Digital Glaze Line, with which Durst created a furor at Technargilla 2016 in Italy. With the Full Digital Glaze Line, Durst is taking tile production to the next level of automation, and synchronizing the glazing, decoration, and final finishing steps to create an end-to-end production process. At Expo Revestir 2017, the Durst Ceramics Printing Segment presented its first sample tiles and attracted attention from all tile producers and competitors.
Durst Gamma XD
Investment security and reliability as well as innovation and sustainability are the key topics of its trade show presence
Brixen, Italy – 04/12/2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, will be presenting new products in its large format printing portfolio in Hall B7, Stand A20, at FESPA Digital 2017. Its trade show presence addresses two core topics. The company will be presenting its commercially successful Rho P10 250 HS Plus and Rho 512R Plus printing systems under the slogan of investment security and reliability; they offer a “plus” in productivity and economy with new features and enhancements. The products are complemented by new service options, including extended warranty periods and new virtual support and analytics functions. Innovation and sustainability are the keywords applied to the new Rhotex 325 and Rho WT 250 printing systems that are being showcased. Thanks to Durst Water Technology and economically friendly applications, they open up new market opportunities outside of the UV production portfolio. With the DSR Automatica E, Durst will also be unveiling an initial system in its imaging segment. It is a standalone kiosk system equipped with 120° camera technology, which at the trade show will be integrated into a textile workflow process in order to demonstrate new design and product variations from a range of perspectives ad hoc. Durst will hold a press briefing at its stand on the second day of the trade show – at 10:00 a.m. on May 9, 2017 – to provide in-depth information about the new systems, and will also be available for individual meetings. To arrange an appointment, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new industrial printing system with a print width of 3.2 m for the area of soft signage. It allows environmentally friendly textile applications based on Durst Water Technology and delivers productivity of up to 390 m2/hour through either direct-to-textile printing or printing on transfer paper. The Rhotex 325 can be equipped with jumbo rolls to handle large print jobs and for unattended production, and also offers remote control and analytics functions to ensure continuous uptime.
Rho WT 250:
A new flatbed printing system featuring an uncompromising development of Durst’s Water Technology for environmentally friendly applications on paper media, corrugated boards, and plastics such as acrylic, polycarbonate, and polypropylene. It provides offset printing quality in look and feel and is economically viable from a batch size of 1.
Rho P10 250 HS Plus:
A further development of the successful P10 series with 40% greater productivity. It offers an ink-saver function, saving up to 15% of ink as well as an advanced application for hapt printing and roll-to-roll double-sided printing.
Rho 512R Plus:
A further development of the successful 5-meter extra-wide printing system with a new Fine Art printing mode at 1,200 dpi. Productivity is assured universally, even with light and process colors, and its robust design enables unattended 24/7 production. The Rho 512R Plus offers a new V-cut system and requires only minimal maintenance, guaranteeing continuous uptime. Moreover, new additional colors allow even finer color transitions and the faithful production of corporate brand standards.
Durst Analytics: A new software solution as a future element of the Durst OS. A preventive service option to guarantee user uptime by monitoring important machine parameters and taking proactive service measures.
Extended Service Options: Durst is extending its warranty period for new installations in the LFP segment up to 36 months in combination with newly designed service agreements. Besides machine availability – or uptime – Durst is also addressing “total cost of ownership” as a relevant factor for investment security and commercial success.
Brixen, Italy – 02.03.2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, is participating with its Ceramics Printing division and the local subsidiary Durst Brazil at the Expo Revestir 2017 in Sao Paolo.
At the biggest Brazilian trade-fair for ceramics, interior and sanitary ware Durst informs about its successful Gamma XD portfolio with the flagship model Gamma 108 XD 4.0. Equipped with the DM (Digital Material) printing technology, it achieves the highest quality by jetting high ink amounts (over 100 g/sqm). Durst will also introduce a new, innovative and specially for the ceramic sector designed color management- and workflow solution, allowing the development of new products and a fast product changeover. Moreover, Durst presents its innovative Full Digital Glaze Line concept by showcasing sample tiles, following the much-noticed presentation at Tecnargilla 2016 in Italy.
With the Full Digital Glaze Line Durst takes the tile production to the next level of automation and thereby synchronizes glazing, decoration and final processing to an end-to-end production process. The future all-in-one solution comprises the newly developed Durst Gamma DG for digital glazing and the modern 8-color ceramic printer generation from the Durst Gamma XD 4.0 series, and is controlled by a central workflow software. Durst Digital Glaze allows to apply a complete top layer of glaze onto tiles, and to create real structures with extra-fine definition and high layer thickness.
The Durst Ceramics Printing team presents itself at the Expo Revestir at the booth 387 and is available for individual appointments under email@example.com
For the Tau 330 platform, Durst offers a dedicated digital workflow system. This comprehensive solution covers all
prepress process steps from data management and print data preparation to output on the printer and reporting.
Access to the software is browser-based and can also be used without any additional installations from mobile
devices. The Durst Workflow-Label system offers a range of modules that can be expanded at any time and adapted
to today and future requirements. Various modules include solutions for variable data printing, ink cost calculations,
color management system, job management and more.
In the process chain, the DW-L ensures that:
Durst Water Technology is a long-term strategy designed to offer digital printing systems with water-based, non-hazardous inks as a sustainable alternative to UV- and solventbased printing systems in all segments. The Delta 130 SPC uses Durst Water Technology inks in keeping with the quality, productivity and environmental demands of corrugated cardboard manufacturers and converters.
They represent the next technological milestone in water-based ink systems, as they allow premium quality, odorless, abrasion-resistant, glossy and lightfast end products to be produced in a single process.
Durst Water Technology means that pre-treatment, interim drying and laminating steps can be saved.
Thanks to its core competences in machine engineering, ink technology and print head technology (the magical triangle of inkjet printing), Durst stands for maximum print quality, uptime and productivity with minimum ink consumption.
Durst offers the Delta SPC 130 in an integrated production line, thus enabling corrugated cardboard manufacturers and converters to achieve fully automated production and exploit the potential of digitalization. The Durst FlexLine concept provides a range of different options.Delta SPC 130 can also be integrated into existing production lines.
Brixen, Italy – 07.12.2016 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technology, is now also attracting considerable interest in Japan, following the much-noticed Full Digital Glaze Line concept presentation at Technargilla 2016 in Italy. Local Durst sales partner Goto Inc. unveiled the Durst innovation at the 4th technology conference of the Japan Ceramic Machinery Association (JCMA). With the Full Digital Glaze Line, Durst is taking tile production to the next level of automation, and synchronizing the glazing, decoration, and final finishing steps to create an end-to-end production process. The future all-in-one solution comprises the newly developed Durst Gamma DG for digital glazing and the modern 8-color ceramic printer generation from the Durst Gamma XD 4.0 series, and is controlled by a central workflow software. Japanese ceramic producers were very excited by the tremendous potential that the production line offers in combination with the new effect inks. The design variations on the sample tiles presented by Durst in particular attracted huge interest. Durst Digital Glaze allows a complete top layer of glaze to be applied to tiles, and real structures with extra-fine definition and a high layer thickness to be created. For the participants, this was proof of Durst’s innovative strength in taking post-digitalization ceramic production into the next stage of evolution. In addition to technological prospects, Shoichiro Goto, Managing Director of the local Durst distribution partner, also unveiled the current Durst Ceramics Printing portfolio with its flagship Gamma 108 XD 4.0 model. Equipped with DM (Digital Material) printhead technology, it prints especially large volumes of ink (over 100 gsm) in order to achieve highest quality.
As Durst celebrates its 80th year Lesley Simpson asked CEO Christoph Gamper about the company’s future direction and its commitment to large-format inkjet.
“It’s time to extend beyond print.” So says Durst CEO Christoph Gamper, speaking with Image Reports not long after the company announced it had established a joint venture with American photographer Steven Sebring called the Durst Sebring Revolution (DSR) to develop camera systems for the creation of 4D visual content – a system displayed to the public for the first time at Photokina last month (September).
“The DSR system is a disruptive technology, not only in terms of photography but in the way that content is created and distributed today,” Gamper said at the time of the announcement this summer. He added: “It offers visual content in the highest quality within a few minutes for various applications and platforms. This will enable entirely new concepts and experiences, especially in the retail sector.”
So how big a focus is this development for Durst, and is there potential for PSPs - especially those operating in the retail space - to benefit from the technology? “In a year I can tell you more, but I don’t want to give too much away to the competition yet,” says Gamper, explaining that Durst has an “incubator that looks at start-up projects - like DSR - and helps get product to market.”
He explains: “Durst has already reinvented itself four times, and we will continue to reinvent. We want to grow but remain a private company, and although we have a nice portfolio of products we want to extend it with whatever we think will make an impact in the market. With DSR what we are doing is creating another visual experience. It’s way too early to connect the dots yet, but yes, I think that will bring new opportunities for our existing users [PSPs] too.”
Durst’s existing large-format inkjet users - those owning Rho and Rhotex (soft signage) machines - account for 35 - 40% of the company’s turnover, which last year stood at 250m Euro. Gamper says it will be “a bit more in 2016”. At the minute a quarter of turnover comes from the ceramic market, around 20% from textile, and the rest from labels print systems. Packaging is still too new to be in the figures since the technology was only introduced at Drupa 2016.
Of Durst’s 700 employees, about a third are in engineering and R&D at the company’s Brixen and Lienz sites. Gamper says 11 - 13% of annual turnover goes into R&D. From that pot large-format, ceramic, textile and packaging each take near equal shares, though as Gamper points out, “while we work in business units in R&D a lot of the work overlaps.”
He expands: “Seven years ago we entered the ceramics and started paying real attention to the industrial print market because it’s natural to leverage the technology we’ve been developing for the large-format inkjet market into new, growing ones. We’re doing that with textile too, which is why we’re looking at the likes of the Technijet deal (see News). An on-demand pre-treatment for textiles can be useful for other things too - so we’ll learn lessons and apply it elsewhere.
“It’s too early to talk about specific applications for large-format - competitors are always looking at what we’re doing! But I can say that there are likely to be ramifications there. For instance, a large-format PSPS starting to do some interiors textile print and wanting to do customised bed linen couldn’t do it five years ago because real material [cotton] textile print systems were so complex. A customer in one of our field tests can now produce on-demand customised bed linen because we have the whole system - the textile pre-treatment, the printer and the inks. By next Fespa  we’ll be able to show a lot more.”
Gamper believes the requirement and demands of the textile market will also push the environment up the agenda once again. “I know environmental issues have been a bit out of focus but it’s coming back into sharp relief,” he says as he sits at his desk looking over the Alps and admitting that, for him personally, the environment is an important issue.
Of course Durst made something of a splash when it introduced its Water Technology, now incorporated in all the Rhotex machines, plus the Rho WT 250 and CPD corrugated printer. Including the Rhotex printers Durst has sold 200 Water Technology enabled machines, but only five otherwise “as they’re still in field tests.”
Gamper says: “We won’t drop UV ink, but Water Technology opens new applications in areas where environmental concerns are important. I think that further down the line it will become a ‘must have’, but when that will be depends on how the markets develop. If environmental regulations demand it, it will happen more quickly - after all, it’s a question of how much it makes sense for a PSP to invest in the technology.”
At Durst there’s plenty of continued R&D surrounding Water Technology. As Gamper points out: “There are still a lot of problems that can be solved in the area of inks for large-format systems. We’re in field tests now for instance to optimise the adhesion process so that it works with more media etc.”
But there are other key focus areas too when it comes to large-format R&D.
“Large-format inkjet is coming out of baby shoes when it comes to Industry 4.0 and the focus now is on creating efficiencies.
“We don’t need another speed bump because the machines in the market are generally considered fast enough. And print quality is established. Plus, a lot of capacity has been installed over the last couple of years, and people don’t know what is coming around the corner, so what we are seeing is a focus on anything that creates business efficiencies,” outlines Gamper.
“PSPs want machines to run for longer with less need for attendance and the whole workflow issue is now really up there, so there’s a shift towards software and workflow rather than machinery development.
“Also, in large-format in the last few years a lot of players have concentrated into bigger groups and there’s a need to look beyond the actual system to things like networking. We are at a point where large-format is becoming a mature market and so the R&D focus is now on inks yes, but also very much on surrounding systems.
“At Durst, we will certainly look at new growth markets, but in large-format we will also continue to be innovative because there’s still a lot to be done.”
Christoph Gamper, CEO at Durst Phototechnik AG
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