Durst digital revolution in ceramics sector
The world’s first installation has been announced
Innovative Color Management Solution for fast Color Matching in Ceramics
24. - 28.09.2018Rimini, ItalyBooth: D1 155
Sanyo Tile Group elevates its Tile Décor Quality with new Durst Gamma 108XD 4.0 technology
The pioneering new Gamma XD technology from Durst, as been used to open up new market opportunities for Grupo Embramaco
5. - 9. Feb. 2018Valencia, SpainBooth: C67Hall: N3-P3
Brazil’s largest tile manufacturer is producing successfully using 15 Durst Gamma ceramic printing systems
By investing in the current Gamma XD series, Ceramika Paradyż now has 3 generations of ceramic printers working in production
Durst Full Digital Glaze Line
Major Success for Durst – Tile Manufacturers Focusing on Quality and Digital Glaze
Brixen, Italy – 24/09/2018 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced the world’s first true digital glaze system in a major breakthrough for ceramic printing that will open up new creative horizons for customers in a growth market.
The revolutionary first single-pass true digital glaze technology is a dream come true for Durst, which has worked consistently in close partnership with customers to develop unique tiles in matt or gloss in an uninterrupted process on fine structures for more than seven years. These include textiles, leather, wood and many unusual designs – completely digitally, highly integrated and independent of batch size.
Durst has long been recognised as a pioneer in the digital decoration of ceramic tiles since developing a digital single-pass printer for pigment inks in 2003, under the name Gamma. Among the unique features advantages of its systems are the total shading with each tile having a different décor, like in nature, the ability to decorate the tiles entirely without having white edges, the top quality of high definition printing and a process that made decorations natural, so avoiding the artefact effect.
The process has continuously evolved and Durst has now announced the single-pass true full-digital glaze printing for commercial industrial tile production. Its machine, the Gamma DG 4.0, uses proprietary Durst Rockjet™ ultra-large drop size printheads and economically-efficient Durst FREE D technology. On its stand 155 in Hall D1 the Tecnargilla show in Rimini, Italy, from 24-28 September 2018, Durst has demonstrated the next evolutionary stage: the new Gamma 208 XD 5.0 printer that is able to process super-wide tiles and slabs with a maximum width of 200cm (unfired).
Durst true digital glaze printing technology provides full coverage, with structure, or even partial prior to digital printing, as well as with ceramic effect materials after digital printing. This development also includes the introduction of color management software for fast color matching for new and repeating jobs, specifically designed for ceramic inks and production conditions. The Colorgate CMS Durst Edition, which works with all Durst and non-Durst printers, has been designed and optimized for requirements and conditions in ceramics. These include small and non-linear colour space of ceramic inks, flat and structured surfaces and inconsistent process conditions.
Durst is heavily investing and working to assure full interconnectivity of all Gamma printers and peripherals with the Industry 4.0 Stand – the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. Advances also come through other software such as Durst Analytics, which provides real-time industry standard printer data and instructions exchange with central factory supervision from Durst’s headquarters in Brixen, Italy
Christoph Gamper, Durst Group CEO, said: “Digital glaze represents a quantum leap for digital ceramic printing. We are extremely proud of the result. Durst has been shaping industrial digital printing in the ceramics sector for decades. Now, for the first time, our holistic system allows matt and glossy glazes to be printed in an uninterrupted process quickly and reliably on fine structures and unusual designs – completely digitally, highly integrated and independent of batch size. Not as a superficial effect, but as a real, tangible function that makes the difference.”
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Segment Manager, Durst Ceramics Printing, said: “When digital technology entered the world of ceramic printing, the industry changed. Durst full digital glazing is an unprecedented technology and works with glazes having very similar characteristics to the traditonal ones currently in use. It is considered an even bigger revolution than digital decoration. Gamma DG creates flat and structured glazed surfaces in a variety of styles digitally, efficiently and inexpensively.”
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True Digital Glaze
It is a renowned Italian ceramic company to win the first installation of the revolutionary Durst Full Digital Glazing, the completely digital glazing line based on an open system that ensures for the first time a full digital industrial production process. In the large Durst exhibition area at Tecnargilla, in addition to the innovative production system, it showcases numerous industrially produced tiles made by the first customer of the Durst Digital Glaze Single Pass printer. "Full Digital Glazing is the result of several years of intensive research carried out by our laboratories, also in collaboration with world-renowned external partners chosen to develop dedicated glazes and new designs", - explains Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Director of the Ceramics Printing Division at Durst - "This is the first and up to now only solution for a really true digital tile production; an exclusive technology that the market has been waiting for a long time. The announcement of the first installation gives reality to the dream of many ceramic companies, which in addition is fully responding to the standards of Industry 4.0". The heart of the Durst glazing line, the Gamma DG Single Pass printer, which uses the patented Durst Rockjet® print head technology, specifically developed by Durst to handle high viscosity water-based ceramic glazes with large particle sizes over 45 microns. A true revolution that opens up unprecedented scenarios in the development of design that cannot be achieved with traditional glazing systems and alternative digital technologies available to date. Precisely on this topic, the Durst will participate with a speech at the X. Annual ACIMAC Meeting entitled 'Ceramics 4.0: large, digital and sustainable', to be held during the event on September 25.
The Rimini fair will be a truly unique event for Durst: it will also be showcasing two different systems of the Gamma XD Series, recognized as the best ceramic printer in terms of quality, nozzle stability, color consistency, absence of banding, reproduction of details, as well as very low maintenance cost and service needed. Only some of the performance advantages appreciated by Durst customers who have spontaneously released statements made with the names for the "Durst-Tecnargilla Newspaper" that will be distributed by Durst at Tecnargilla. Comments that show the great satisfaction for the performance of this digital technology as also stated by Lance Foxcroft, CEO of Ceramic Industries Limited (South Africa): "Reliability, 24/7 productivity, exceptional image quality and low maintenance costs are the main reasons that led us to focus on the Durst Gamma 108 XD systems to successfully achieve our corporate objectives".
The new ultrawide Gamma 208XD printer is the first to show that, thanks to the numerous advanced features that distinguish the Gamma XD Series, adds the ability to decorate large ceramic tile sizes /slabs up to 200 cm wide. To demonstrate Durst's constant commitment to R & D, another novelty for Tecnargilla visitors: the Durst ColorGATE CMS Durst Edition color management system developed and optimized specifically for the needs and conditions in the ceramic tile production process, able to significantly reduce the number of tests normally required when repeating productions over time due to the normal changes in the process (glaze, firing conditions, etc.).
Thanks to the ability to offer a quick color matching, it is ideal for re-producing the product in smaller lots over time as well as producing the same product in different production locations and/or glazing lines, responding to the current needs for warehouse stock reductions. The Durst system, which already has several installations in the world, can be implemented and operated in all ceramic factories with Durst and Non-Durst digital printers.
The appointment with Durst at Tecnargilla 2018 is in Hall D1 and Stand 155
Brixen, Italy – 16/07/2018 - Durst Phototechnik AG and ColorGATE, one of the world's leading manufacturers of future-oriented digital production technologies, are pleased to announce their exclusive distribution partnership for the ceramic industry. A perfect symbiosis of software and hardware for further development, sales and service of the first complete solution for digital tile decoration. Manufacturers of ceramic tiles can now not only benefit from the proven quality of the Durst Gamma series, but thanks to the integration of ColorGATE's Ceramic Productionserver (CPS) also from an optimized workflow, accurate color rendering and highly efficient and color-consistent reproduction of existing wall or floor tile designs.
ColorGATE and Durst: A strong partnership
The first jointly achieved results of the cooperation, which has now lasted for almost two years, can be found in version 10.30 recently released by ColorGATE. Numerous functions and work processes have been optimized and specifically developed for the needs and conditions in ceramic tile production. Thus, the CPS meets the specific requirements in tile decoration even better and also allows an easy and efficient use of the professional color management tools.
Combination of automated workflows and modern technology
By providing drivers for all devices of the Durst Gamma series for direct communication between CPS and printer, all relevant settings such as resolution or line speed for each job can be automatically transmitted with the print job. This not only provides the customer with outstanding print quality, but also an optimized and secure workflow experience. Of course, the Universal Ceramic Inkjet driver can also be used with all other Non-Durst ceramic digital printers available on the market. Durst is responsible for the technical support and training, ColorGATE will concentrate on 2nd-level support.
"After we presented our range of solutions for color consistency in digital tile decoration, consisting of the RSC colour measurement solution and the Ceramic Productionserver, at the last Tecnargilla, the technical discussion with the specialists of Durst Phototechnik AG as pioneer and technology leader led to an enormous further development of this complete solution. With Durst, we are pleased to announce an exclusive distribution partner that gives customers and interested parties worldwide access to this innovative range of solutions," says Thomas Kirschner, founder and CEO of ColorGATE.
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Head of the Ceramics Printing Division at Durst, adds: ColorGATE's range of solutions with the innovative and patented RSC color measuring system is the first "True Ceramics" color management solution developed and optimized especially for ceramic colors and process conditions in tile production. For the first time, this enables fast, simple and precise color matching in tile production with just a few steps, rapid production repetition with greatly reduced test runs and thus ensures minimum downtimes and an efficient workflow for various printers (Durst and Non-Durst printers) and production facilities.
Advantages at a glance
For over 20 years, ColorGATE has been supporting the printing industry with its color competence on its way from analogue to digital printing and the future of Print 4.0. Customers rely on innovative software solutions, RIP Software and printer driver technology for Commercial and Industrial Printing.
ColorGATE’s core product Productionserver, a performance-optimized, modular RIP, workflow, and color management software, is used daily around the globe by thousands of digital imaging users. Furthermore, the Industrial Productionserver solutions deliver tailor-made, modular software solutions for specific application areas of industrial production of decor, ceramic, textile, and packaging.
ColorGATE was founded in 1997 by Thomas Kirschner (CEO) and Norbert Steinhauer (CTO) and operates worldwide as an independent, private company with 40 employees in 7 expert teams. The headquarters are in Hannover (Germany) with foreign offices in UK, Italy, Singapore and Foshan / China.
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Brixen/Italy - 12.06.2018 - Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is helping Taiwan customer Sanyo Tile Group to enhance its production quality with two Durst Gamma 108XD ceramic printers.
Sanyo recently installed two new Gamma 108 XD 4.0 printers from Durst with its first production of 125 x 600 mm floor tiles with a stunning wood effect and 300 x 600 mm wall tiles with a very delicate marble design. This version of the innovative and flexible 8-color inkjet ceramic printer series with a printing width up to 1000 mm for the decoration of all tile widths up to 90 cm fired, assures high printing quality and reliability with Durst's High Definition print head technology and integrated "Adaptive Dot Placement Technology". The latter guarantees banding-free printing and color consistency across the entire printing width.
Thanks to its completely redesigned ink and print head management technology the new Gamma XD Series assure a total nozzle stability with no banding or missing lines and in case of print head replacement, Durst pre-aligned, low cost print heads allowing them to be replaced quickly and simply by the operator. Maximum productivity is facilitated by a high uptime (> 95%) and an easy-maintenance design, with accessible working parts, and innovative fully retractable belt-cleaning.
Mr. Chen Tsung Chi, Vice President of Sanyo Tile Group, said: “We are impressed by the superior print quality of Gamma XD, in terms of definition and color gradient, which allows us to produce difficult designs. Apart from that, the ink consumption of Gamma XD is less than the other brands in our plant and there was no problem during the eight weeks of operation, contrary to the experience with other printers in the past”.
In addition, Mr. Chen Tsung Chi emphasizes his great satisfaction with Durst's excellent service teamwork he experienced with the installation of their first 2 Durst printers, highly appreciated by Sanyo.
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Durst Group’s Segment Manager, Ceramics Division, adds: “Sanyo has been able to see a very visible improvement in the print quality on a range of different substrates. Our Gamma XD is delivering better definition and color gradient. Sanyo is also enjoying improved ink consumption and smooth continuous production. It is a real testament to the performance capability of the technology, which is being used by a growing number of customers across the world. We are delighted at the progress we are making and expect to make some other significant announcements soon.”
Brixen, Italy - 12/04/2018 - The pioneering new Gamma XD technology from Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has been used to open up new market opportunities for Grupo Embramaco that showcased new ceramic tile product lines at Expo Revistir 2018.
The Brazilian ceramic tile specialist, which has been delivering innovative ceramic tile proposals to customers for more than 40 years, printed all of its porcelain tiles shown at the fair - regarded as the "Fashion Week" of architecture and construction - on the new Durst Gamma 108XD 4.0 Series printers.
Grupo Embramaco has attracted "many new customers" with the Durst technology that prints value-added high-end products involving unique and innovative designs and finishing. Outstanding performance and low maintenance costs are crucial to its success.
Marcelo Paraluppi Rodrigues, Director Superintendent of Embramaco, said: "I am very satisfied with the Gamma 108XD 4.0 printer and if today I would have to buy a new printer I would purchase Durst again". It has enabled us to add several new ceramic tile product lines. It also helped us create impressive and innovative tile designs that has attracted a lot of customer interest. They particularly like the unique and innovative designs and finishes that combine outstanding print quality and a natural look in terms of detail, color gradations, color strength, uniformity and contrast."
He adds: "The consistent reliability and high uptime of the Gamma 108XD 4.0 assures constant high volume production with outstanding results."
Durst's 8-color Gamma XD Series next-generation digital ceramic décor printer has been designed for easy and fast maintenance and service. It boasts unrivalled print quality with no banding or lines, low grain visibility, excellent uptime and reliability, low maintenance and service costs. Other benefits include long printhead duty cycles with no purge or ink waste and a dry belt-cleaning system. Color consistency is supported by industry leading Gamma printer design and image data handling.
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Durst Group's Segment Manager, Ceramics Division, said: "Grupo Embramaco is a shining example of how ceramic tile manufacturer are changing their thinking and raising their expectations in ceramics in partnership with Durst. Our Gamma 108XD 4.0 Printer is widely recognized by customers as the best performing digital ceramic décor printers thanks to its unmatched print quality with no banding or lines. At Revistir, 100% of all porcelain tiles on the Embramaco and Castelli booths were printed with the new Gamma 108XD 4.0 Series.
"This next-generation printer has re-invented ceramic tile decoration by enabling new possibilities for unique and creative tile design and ultimate production efficiency thanks to its high quality inkjet technology and unique print engine. It is reliable and its uptime is maximized with affordable maintenance and service cost ensure a very competitive low total cost of ownership."
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Brixen, Italy - 06.04.2018 - Ceramic Industries Ltd, South Africa's largest tile producer, with five production plants - Pegasus, Gryphon, Vitro, Samca Wall, Samca Floor - and an annual output of over 55 million sqm/year, has recently installed the new-generation Durst Gamma 108 XD 4.0 printer with great initial results, after a very positive experience with several Durst Gamma 75 HD printers.
Ceramic Industries Ltd, which is known for high-volume production with very fast production lines, is successfully operating the new Gamma 108 XD 4.0 with a line speed of 57 m/min. resulting in daily, high production output of approximately 16,000 sqm, even with small tile sizes.
Reliability and uptime 24/7 of the new Durst Gamma XD Series, combined with image quality and low maintenance costs, were the main reasons the choice of the new Gamma 108 XD 4.0 Printer from Durst, says Lance Foxcroft, CEO of Ceramic Industries Limited in order to achieve our production targets.
Durst's new XD Series next-generation digital ceramic décor printer has been designed for easy and fast maintenance and service. It boasts unrivalled print quality with no banding or lines, low grain visibility, excellent uptime and reliability, low maintenance and service costs. Other benefits include long print head duty cycles with no purge or ink waste and a dry belt-cleaning system.
Brixen, Italy - 15/02/2018 - Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has used the CEVISAMA 2018 Ceramic Tile and Machinery Exhibition in Valencia, Spain, to unveil more details on its full digital glaze line currently undergoing industrial field testing.
After more than six years of research and development to create a complete glazing line capability of integrating a fully digital process based on an open system, Durst has confirmed that first customer installations are scheduled to start later this year. The solution incorporates latest-generation Durst glazing, printing and finishing technologies that can work with glazes that are similar to conventional products.
On its stand at CEVISAMA 2018, Durst unveiled the Durst TRUE Full Digital Tile Production Workflow 4.0. The workflow was highlighted alongside production systems on the stand. These were the Durst Gamma DG Digital Glaze Printer and Gamma XD Printer, as well as the Durst ColorGATE True Ceramics Color Management Solution.
Durst's single-pass glaze printer uses patented Durst RockJet® printhead technology, specifically developed and manufactured by Durst specifically for the ceramic glaze properties. It is the only technology that can handle water-based glazes with large particle sizes up to 45 microns, which is similar to traditional glazes.
The Gamma DG Digital Glaze printer features high resolution structures as used in the majority of the structured tiles produced, but has unlimited variations, as well as an ability to creative innovative and unique designs composed of different glazes on the same tile. These include gloss and matt finishes.
Durst's XD Series next-generation digial ceramic décor printer has been designed for easy and fast maintenance and service. It boasts unrivalled print quality with no banding or lines, low grain visibility, excellent uptime and reliability, low maintenance and service costs. Other benefits include long printhead duty cycles with no purge or ink waste and a dry belt-cleaning system.
The ColorGATE True Ceramics Color Management is unique because it is the only solution with ultra-fast patch reading printed on flat or structured tile surfaces. It has fast color matching for new and repeating jobs, specifically desinged for ceramic inks and production conditions. Patented "Fingerprint" color control takes into account any variation over time, for example glaze or firing conditions.
Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Durst Group's Segment Manager, Ceramics Division, said: "We had many more visitors to our stand at CEVISAMA 2018 than in previous years. Visitors were extremely interested in the latest developments in our Durst Digital Full Glaze Line latest-generation technology, which is on track. These are exciting times and we're confident of starting installations later this year."
"The resultant line will guarantee maximum versatility, flexibility and quality, as well as extremely competitive management costs, space rationalization optimization of production and a high degree of management control through process automation."
Brixen, Italy – 11/12/2017 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, installed the 14th and 15th Gamma ceramic printing system at the largest Brazilian tile manufacturer, Grupo Portobello S/A, in October 2017. The company has counted on the reliability and performance of the Gamma series since 2011 and is continually investing in the latest technology. Using the new Durst Gamma 108 XD 4.0, equipped with the Durst DM print head technology, Portobello will now be able to produce special floor tiles with high ink coverage and use the equally new Gamma 148 XD for large rectangular tiles at 90x90, 100x100 and 120x120 cm. The close partnership between Portobello and Durst is the result of both companies striving for absolute quality. Portobello’s tiles are characterized by the highest printing quality, fine details in the print image and brilliant colors. Durst Gamma printing systems are not only used for the premium lines, but also for mass producing the sub-brand “Pointer”. After all, banding-free results and color stability are also some of the competitive advantages of this brand. In 2015, Portobello achieved a production volume of over 30 million square meters and could rely on the high uptime and 24/7 availability of the Gamma XD printing systems. Service and maintenance play an important role with these production figures. Here, too, Portobello is able to benefit from the low cost and reduced effort. In the meantime, Portobello achieves total sales of over BRL 1 billion (approximately USD 320 million) per year and employs 2,600 people.
Brixen, Italy - 10/10/2017 – Durst, leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technology, has installed the seventh ceramic printing in succession at Ceramika Paradyż. Already back in 2007, Ceramika Paradyż invested in a Durst Gamma 60 and was thus the first Polish tile manufacturer to add digital decoration to its product range. Introduced as a differentiation feature, digitization in fact turned into a growth motor for the Paradyż Group which today is one of the leading tile manufacturers in the Polish ceramic market. Over the last 10 years, the company has constantly expanded its production facilities, investing among others in the Gamma 75 KD generation, Pictocer and now also in the Gamma XD series. Today there are altogether 7 Durst ceramic printing systems working in the company's production facilities, with the first Gamma 60 still being used to decorate wall tiles.
"For more than ten years now we have been convinced by the Durst Gamma printing systems, which give us the necessary printing quality when used for tile decoration, as well as being sturdy and reliable for absolute economic efficiency", says Przemysław Kaczmarski. "The current investment in the Gamma XD series lets us expand our portfolio once again, using effect inks for a broader range of decorative designs as well as significantly improving the production process."
Ceramika Paradyż was particularly impressed by the outstanding printing quality of the Gamma XD series, which is necessary for making demanding ceramic products, including for example large-sized tiles or when printing images instead of the usual stone or wood effects. The printer's intuitive user interface makes it quick and easy for Ceramika Paradyż to convert graphic formats, thus considerably reducing the preparation periods for new projects. Furthermore, it is possible to simulate the printing quality of preceding models when developing new products so that the same design can be produced on different production lines.
Przemysław Kaczmarski - Ceramic Paradyż
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
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
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.
With this new 8-Color Gamma XD Printer Series Durst has re-invented ceramic tile decoration featuring new possibilities for unique and creative tile design and ultimate production efficiency.Gamma XD combines the highest quality inkjet technology with a unique print engine to break the barriers to quality and speed, maintaining the required ink amount per sqm.
Durst holds various patents on this new, innovative technology.
DM – Digital Material Printing Technology
Create new stunning tile designs with this new optional DM print head technology with its unique capability of jetting large amounts of digital ceramic materials, glue inks, etc. and effects such as luster, glossy, matt, white, metallic. Thanks to the high laydown capacity with over 100g/m2 per color bar, the Durst DM technology provides very strong ceramic effects offering more creativity in developing new, unique tile designs. No other technology can jet such high ink amounts consistently without losing nozzles.
Optional dual line operation through two completely independent printing queues. This allows printing completely different jobs/images on different tile sizes (width and length) on each line, which means 2 printers in one. The new Gamma XD Dual Line Technology offers total flexibility in dividing the full printing width for the lines in any position.
Special tile guiding system with two individually adjustable tile guides for instant and repeatable changeover from single to double line and vice versa.
Job preparation, job management and corrections can either be carried out directly on the printer or via remote control through the Gamma PrepStation, typically installed in the lab with to have the operator just selecting the job and start the printing process.
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