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Brixen, Italy – 15/01/2021 – A world-famous painting reworked by celebrated Spanish photographer and artist José Manuel Ballester and printed by Durst is the star attraction at a special exhibition. For the first time, a modified Guernica - originally painted by artist Pablo Picasso - has been printed full-size using advanced digital printing and production technologies from Durst.
Mr. Ballester has achieved international recognition for his special art of interpreting famous paintings by eliminating humans and animals. Guernica is a 1937 oil painting on canvas recognized as one of the best-known works of Picasso, who died in 1973. It is regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history.
Mr. Ballester’s work, “Around Guernica, 2009/2020”, is an emptied version of Picasso’s painting that conveys an updated look at the historical event and human tragedy. It is now a centerpiece at the exhibition, “2020/03/15 José Manuel Ballester”, in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, showing Bilbao city during the lockdown. The exhibition, which also includes a selection of large-format photographs that reflect Bilbao’s deserted streets and spaces, is open until 21 February 2021.
With "Around Guernica", Ballester adds a new artwork to the project that began more than 10 years ago, when he decided to investigate the architectural and natural spaces that surround the stories of some of the most important works in history, such as "The Meninas" or "The Garden of Earthly Delights". During the lockdown last spring, the artist received special permission to move around the deserted city of Bilbao and capture incredible landscapes and images never seen before.
These images were the first step of a project in collaboration with Estudios Durero and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which culminated in a photographic exhibition, publication of a book, and the first reproduction and exhibition of "Around Guernica" to the public. In this way, Ballester adds an artwork to the Hidden Spaces project, which includes some of the transcendental and universal themes for the human being. Along with his proposal "May 3, 2008", "Around Guernica, 2009/2020" addresses the nonsense of human violence and wars, but on this occasion, Ballester maintains a "living" element: the flower that was already shown in the original painting, and it symbolizes hope, also for these difficult times that we have had to live.
In this context, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao approached long-standing Durst customer Estudios Durero, a company that “imagines, creates and develops new forms of graphic production”, to print the reworked Picasso on a unique, hand-woven linen material with special white coating supplied by the museum, especially for the assignment. It had a total dimension of 3.5 x 7.8 meters.
Estudios Durero and Mr. Ballester spent a day in the Customer Experience Center at the Durst headquarters in Brixen, Italy, with the goal to print the Picasso Guernica interpretation on a Durst Rho 512 six-color machine. And they only had one chance – the available material was sufficient for only one print run, which meant no test print on the final material was possible.
"It has been a true honor for us and for Durst to develop this special project together with José Manuel Ballester and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao," said the owner of Estudios Durero, Ander Soriano. “No other company could have done it. In Picasso's original work and in Ballester's reinterpretation, the painting only uses a very wide range of grays and a very high resolution in all its shades, so the print quality must be exceptionally high to offer a true value to its reproduction. And that would have been impossible without the Durst Rho 512 6 C ”.
With reference to Durst, Mr. Ballester said: “In order to launch this project, in this context, we have had many collaborators. Having the best technology to make this possible was a privilege.”
Rafael Carbonell, Managing Director, Durst Iberica, said: “Estudios Durero has been a loyal customer and it was a real honor for Durst to support the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in this special project. When you are printing only black, gray, and white the quality needs to be exceptionally high to give arts its true value.”
Christian Harder, Durst Group’s Head of Graphics, said: “In conjunction with Durst Iberica, we were extremely proud and delighted to welcome Mr. Ballester and Mr. Soriano to our global headquarters where they were able to witness first hand our world-class facilities and technology. The unique linen materials were specially prepared for this art print. In reality that meant one chance, no test printing. And the results speak for themselves. The visitors to the museum exhibition have been amazed at the outstanding print quality.”
Brixen, Italy – 11.12.2020 – Two European Digital Press Association Awards have been awarded to Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies. They were for its Rho 2500 in the Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer > 250 sqm/h category and the other for Durst Workflow (Best Workflow Technology).
The awards are more recognition of Durst’s innovation as it continues its journey to become a complete solutions provider in line with its “Pixel to Output” strategy. Recent announcements have included the P5 350 High Speed printer, together with Durst “Automat”, and expansion of Workflow, Analytics, automation and ink solutions for printers. The award-winning Durst Workflow is also available for non-Durst printers.
The EDP Technical Committee referenced the increasing importance of software and workflow. It said: “Important is not only the device or software itself, but also the impact of the product on people and users.”
“These awards are another strong reference point and third-party endorsement to what we have achieved through our mission to innovate,” said Manfred Glantschnig, Head of Product Management for Durst Professional Services. “Durst Workflow is part of our world-class software. In an integrated world, we continue to help our customers through complete solutions from hardware, software, inks and collaborations.”
Andrea Riccardi, Durst Group’s Head of Product Management, Graphics Segment, said: “We are proud to have been recognized by the EDP with these awards. We been steadily building our offerings in line with end-to-end thinking for 360-degree business solutions aimed at the Smart Factory concept to streamline production and processes. The Durst Rho 2500 achieved this recognition as a high productivity printer that can be upgraded depending on the volume production capacity required.”
Brixen, Italy – 09.12.2020 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has unveiled a raft of innovations as it continues its journey to become a complete solutions provider in line with its “Pixel to Output” strategy. Central is the P5 350 High Speed printer – together with the Durst “Automat” ™ a new full automation system, enhanced Durst software, a full LED ink portfolio and partnerships.
Launched in a virtual event, “Firework of Innovations”, the P5 350 HS is the newest family member from the P5 technology platform with Durst Automat, the fully automated inline solution that makes production processes far more versatile and efficient for customers. The Durst Workflow is now available for non-Durst printers, following the announcement of a partnership with PrintFactory, which superior API software enables an easy management of mixed print environments. In line with its strategy, Durst has expanded its offer with Workflow, Analytics, automation and ink solutions for printers to deliver complete solutions from Pixel to Output.
The new Durst P5 350 HS can print at over 600 sqm per hour, which is twice the speed of the Durst P5 350 standard model, thus being the most productive hybrid printer in the market. Additionally, thanks to the same unique features that made the P5 350 successful, such as the multiroll and the multitrack 6 option, the new model retains the level of high versatility. It can be configured with up to nine color channels including light colors and white, and varnish for special multilayer printing applications such as “Day&Night”, “In&Out”, and up to 12 layers hapt-printing.
The high versatility is maintained also in combination with Durst Automat, the new fully automated board feeding and stacking system, which can manage up to two lanes, also with different board sizes up to 3.5 m width (137.8 inch) and 2.2 m (86.6 inch) length and has a loading capacity of 90 cm (35.5 inch).
Thanks to its sliding registration tables, a comfortable access to the roll tool enables a fast material change operated by only one single operator.
Installations of the Durst P5 350 HS – combined with Durst Automat – will start from the end of Q1 in 2021. Durst Workflow is a browser-based data management handling system that includes pre-press functionalisity as well as the ripping. The proven workflow for PDF toolbox, color management and rip engine ensures highest quality and ink cost optimization.
At the Firework of Innovations event, Durst also announced the introduction of the new POP Flexible LED Ink. This has impressive color gamut, unmatched combination of flexibility, stackability and adhesion. It is a best-in-class hybrid ink suitable for a wide variety of roll-to-roll and board media. Another future-proof ink that can be loaded into Durst’s full portfolio of LED printers.
Durst has been steadily building its workflow offerings in line with its end-to-end thinking for 360-degree business solutions aimed at the Smart Factory concept to streamline production and processes. Durst Smart Shop, Workflow, Analytics, Lift ERP – and now Durst Automat – are all pushing the boundaries of automation and innovation. All are backed by consultancy and seamless integration provided through Durst Professional Services.
Christian Harder, Durst Group’s Global Sales Director, Graphics Segment, said: “The launch of our latest family Durst P5 member, the P5 350 HS, is an important statement of our firm commitment to continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the large format market. It’s among a raft of innovations that we have unveiled to the market as part of our Pixel to Output strategy. Customers are demanding all-in-one solutions, which we provide as we move towards becoming a complete solution provider. In an integrated world, printers need to change as well. And we’ll help them on that journey through hardware, software, inks and collaborations.”
Christoph Gamper, Durst Group CEO and Co-Owner, said: “We’re looking forward to the future. I am confident that in 2021 the economy will recover and, in some fields, be even stronger than before. So we will continue what we do best: innovating with passion. In 2019, we launched the P5 platform and we now have more than 100 systems around the globe. This is a great achievement, so a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of our customers, partners and our great Durst team members across the world.”
PrintFactory announces a key partnership with Durst, which will now be using the PrintFactory API to provide customers in mixed print environments with superior workflow software.
Durst has a reputation for being the unrivaled technology leader in digital large format printing. Quality and reliability are its cornerstones. With the Pixel to Output strategy, Durst expanded its offer with software solutions for printers to deliver complete solutions from Pixel to Output.
PrintFactory’s color management technology and high-speed, XML-centric RIP will be pivotal in ensuring an even wider audience can take advantage of those Durst characteristics.
PrintFactory’s RIP-based software connects multi-manufacturer environments seamlessly. The suite of workflow software supports over 2,000 printers and cutters, and delivers an Editor, Calibrator, and premium Layout tool alongside the API-integrated RIP.
Erik Strik, CEO of Aurelon (the team behind PrintFactory): “This is a great partnership for us as it confirms our focus on color quality is the right direction.” With PrintFactory’s VISU color engine as a part of the workflow, Durst operators can be confident of not only reducing the time spent achieving color consistency, but also in reducing ink and media costs.
Michael Deflorian, Business Development Manager Durst Professional Services: “We’ve been looking for workflow-based software that has a robust, scalable API and allows Durst Workflow users to drive printers of other manufacturers with the same software – it’s not just about having a smooth workflow, it’s about finding affordable software and hardware that can support a growing business. Our customers choose Durst for the long-term. Software that we recommend has to deliver on a promise of quality and reliability, and PrintFactory meets that criteria.”
The partnership between Durst and PrintFactory delivers a tight integration between the workflow products. This means more customers can choose Durst printers to work alongside their existing devices – there’s no need to manage print jobs via different systems. The Durst software ECO system digitizes the e-commerce, prepress and print process. All products offer a browser based interface for maximum flexibility and an interface to share data with other software solutions.
In general, PrintFactory software is delivered via a network of distributors, worldwide: it delivers on increased productivity, guarantees lower ink costs with no detriment to print quality, improves margins thanks to reduced waste media, and ensures consistent color, time after time. The company’s partnerships with device manufacturers bodes well for not only standard markets, but also for industrial scale operations.
The history of the Amonn family business began in 1802 with the opening of a general store in Bolzano. Since then 7 generations have developed and each of them opened up new business areas. The collaboration with Durst already began in the 1930s when Amonn acquired two Durst Laborator for the mass production of postcards. For more than 20 years now, Amonn Print has been producing labels and packaging, and since 2019 also digitally. After a thorough demand analysis, the management opt for the Durst Tau 330 RSC E digital label printer. Thanks to the RSC technology, its color consistency and speed, and the simplicity of digital production, Amonn Print is now 70% digital.
Brixen, Italy - 10/21/2020 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, announced today that Durst and Vanguard won a combined seven (7) 2020 Product of the Year awards. The most in the history of the company, and a reflection of the new combined Durst Group organization product depth and reach.
“The PRINTING United Awards together with our acquisition of Vanguard and our investment in LiftERP further confirm the Durst Group as a powerhouse in the US Graphics Industry”, said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “We look forward to offering the new expanded portfolio worldwide in 2021 and further expanding our leading position in the global LFP market.”
The following products won 2020 Product of the Year:
Tim Saur, President of Durst North America stated, “As a Durst Group we essentially won in every price segment available to print providers in the market.” He continued, “Through the talent of our incredible engineering group in Europe, and the design capability of the entire Vanguard team in Atlanta, it is no surprise to me we won so many product awards.”
PRINTING United Alliance brings together companies from all over the world in the specialty imaging and print industry. This annual competition showcases the highest quality machines and most innovative advances within the wide format color printing industry.
Brixen, Italy - 10/8/2020 - Durst, leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is responding to the COVID pandemic with another initiative. As early as April, during the lockdown, Durst had started the production of community masks as a first preventive measure, now Durst is stepping up its efforts and presenting an innovative solution for reducing the viral load in indoor environments, the Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System.
The new normality that shapes our private and professional life is determined by masks, distance rules and disinfectants. This situation will not change in the short or medium term. Even if there will be a vaccine against COVID-19, new types of viruses and mutations will most likely occur. Therefore, over the last few months, Durst has put its expertise in the laboratories, in production, in UV technology, in flow simulations and in the safety guidelines together, to bring a piece of quality of life back to the new normality, with the Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System.
In the Durst Labs, the main transmission paths and descent rates of droplets and aerosols that transport virus-containing liquid particles were analyzed, as well as the effectiveness of countermeasures with continuous air exchange and UV irradiation. The solution: Durst UVC-R combines both air exchange and UV irradiation in one system, effectively reducing infectious aerosols, viruses and germs in indoor environments. Through an antiviral membrane, the room air is led into a closed system and irradiated with UV-C light.
The disinfected air is continuously released back into the room through an air outlet.
Special features of the Durst UVC-R
"We checked the efficiency of the UV-C sources in our laboratories and analyzed the ideal exposure time and volumetric flow". says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “An external laboratory for medical technology and disinfectants in Germany is currently in the process of verifying our results. At the same time, the efficiency of the Durst UVC-R is tested in real mode with "pseudoviruses" or so-called bacteriophages.
Efficiency Durst UVC-R
The Durst UVC-R’s center disinfection zone measures 4 x 4 x 2.5 meters. However, Durst points out that no specific statements about square meters or volume size can be given as a general answer in terms of efficiency, as the efficiency depends on many factors such as temperature, air flows in the room, ceiling height, number of people, etc.
Therfore Durst gives the following example for the efficiency: 4 people sit at a table and are surrounded by a volume of 8 m3. Each person inhales and exhales about 0.5 m3 of air per hour, a total of 2 m3. Durst UVC-R disinfects 12.5 times this volume or 25 m3 in 15 minutes and 50 times the breathing volume of 4 people or 100 m3 in one hour.
If the UVC-R is placed in a larger room, a constant mixing of the room air around the disinfection center is taking place, which means that by the permanent release of purified air the viral load is reduced even outside the central zone.
"We see in Durst UVC-R not only a preventive measure to reduce the viral loads," Christoph Gamper. “Together with the South Tyrolean industrial designer Christian Zanzotti we have developed portfolio, that can harmoniously be integrated into many interior concepts. Furthermore, the anti-viral coated membrane can be personalized with our digital printing systems."
Durst offers the 1st series of the UVC-R as a Limited Edition for pre-order on www.durst-group.com/uvcr. Within the next weeks the entire UVC-R portfolio will be available in a webshop. Start of delivery of the 1st series is planned for early December. The UVC-R systems can be viewed at the Durst headquarters in Brixen, South Tyrol/Italy. To make an appointment, please send an email to: email@example.com.
Brixen, Italy - 10/01/2020 - Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is strengthening its position in the US Graphics Industry with the acquisition of a majority stake in Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, headquartered in Lawrenceville, Georgia/USA.
Vanguard Digital is a leading manufacturer of printing systems for the signage, decoration, corporate, industrial and packaging sectors. With the acquisition, Durst adds new printer classes to its large format portfolio, while Vanguard now has a global distribution and service network and technical resources to continue developing robust solutions.
"Vanguard Digital Printing Systems is a rapidly growing and very successful company in a customer segment in which we are currently not active," said Tim Saur, President of Durst North America. "Through the combination of high-quality products, a strong management team and absolute customer orientation, both companies are a perfect match."
As part of the agreement, the new company will operate as Vanguard Durst Digital Printing Systems with effect from October 1, 2020. David Cich remains CEO while Jim Peterson continues to serve as Vice President of Sales.
“It is with great humbleness and excitement that Vanguard Digital will now be a part of the world class industry leading Durst Group,” said David Cich, CEO of Vanguard Digital Printing Systems. “Becoming part of the Durst Group Family, provides Vanguard Digital the opportunity to expand its portfolio of innovative market leading UV Printers to the entire world."
"Vanguard's printing systems have rightly achieved rapid growth and high customer acceptance in the North American market," said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “Despite the global pandemic, we are positioning ourselves for the long term and are determined to invest in the large-format graphics market. In addition, with our technical expertise, Vanguard will continue to ensure that its products and services are industry-leading and a wider customer base will understand what it is like to be part of the Durst family."
Bressanone, Italie, 28/09/2020 - Durst va célébrer une étape importante : la 100e installation de sa plateforme Tau RSC, largement adoptée par le marché en seulement deux années.
Au cours des prochaines semaines, un important fabricant d’étiquettes en Europe aura l’honneur de devenir le 100e possesseur d’une presse étiquettes jet d’encre UV mono-passe Tau 330 RSC de Durst. La machine lui permettra bientôt de produire des étiquettes de haute qualité avec une productivité et un temps de fonctionnement inégalés.
Présentée pour la première fois à Labelexpo 2017 à Bruxelles, la Tau 330 RSC a suscité un énorme intérêt. Les visiteurs et les concurrents ont été surpris par ce que la technologie RSC de Durst promettait en termes de qualité d’impression et de productivité, avec une résolution de 1200x1200 dpi et une vitesse d’impression de 80 mètres linéaires/heure avec toutes les couleurs.
Neuf mois plus tard et après un test bêta réussi de cette nouvelle technologie d’impression très innovante, Durst a commencé à livrer les premières presses Tau 330 RSC. Depuis lors, un nombre croissant de petits, moyens et grands fabricants d’étiquettes ont opté pour la nouvelle plateforme de référence en matière d’impression à jet d’encre UV : une Tau 330 RSC de Durst, sa variante plus évolutive, la Tau 330 RSC E, ou la nouvelle Tau RSCi.
Depuis le milieu de cette année, Durst a poursuivi les installations avec les premières presses d’étiquettes Tau RSCi 330 / 420 / 510, qui viennent compléter la gamme de presses de la plateforme Tau RSC de Durst.
Helmuth Munter, responsable du segment Label & Flexible Packaging chez Durst, a déclaré : « Introduites il y a seulement deux ans, la Tau 330 RSC et la Tau 330 RSC E ont établi un nouveau standard en matière d’impression d’étiquettes. Avec maintenant 100 installations dans le monde entier, nous nous sentons honorés par la confiance que nos utilisateurs satisfaits de leur Tau RSC ont en Durst. Nous sommes confiants et les retours positifs de nos clients confirment que notre plateforme Tau RSC actualisée continuera de servir de référence pour l’avenir de l’impression industrielle numérique jet d’encre dans le secteur des étiquettes et de l’emballage. »
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire – 07/09/2020 : Colorscan Imaging Products Ltd a fait un bon en avant en se développant sur le marché des étiquettes après avoir investi dans une presse à jet d’encre UV monopasse Tau 330 RSC E et un logiciel de Durst, fabricant de technologies d’impression et de production numériques de pointe.
Installé au début du mois d’août de cette année, Keith Forster, propriétaire et directeur général de l’entreprise familiale Colorscan, a déclaré : « Notre entreprise fournit principalement des produits imprimés à l’industrie brassicole. Il est évident que notre entreprise a été touchée pendant le confinement, mais notre activité d’impression d’étiquettes a en fait augmenté pendant cette période. Nous avons acheté la machine au bon moment. Nous voyons certainement un énorme potentiel d’expansion dans le domaine des étiquettes.
« Nous avions toujours prévu de mettre à niveau nos machines avant la pandémie du coronavirus, car la technologie évolue. Nous avons fait une évaluation de sept fournisseurs, ce qui a nécessité des recherches et des essais considérables. Durst est apparu clairement comme le meilleur imprimeur de production, avec à la fois une productivité élevée et une excellente qualité d’impression (1200 x 1200 dpi, résolution la plus élevée).
« Il n’existe rien de comparable en termes de qualité et de fiabilité. La Durst Tau 330 RSC E remplace deux machines et augmente considérablement notre capacité en fonctionnant beaucoup plus vite que les deux machines qu’elle remplace. Cela signifie que nos coûts d’exploitation ont considérablement baissé et que la machine permet également de réaliser des économies considérables en termes de consommation d’encre par mètre linéaire. Il est également important d’avoir le bon flux de travail – et cela a été une raison supplémentaire de choisir Durst. »
Située dans des locaux de plus de 3 700 m2 à Burton-on-Trent, dans le Staffordshire, en Angleterre, Colorscan est, depuis plus de 25 ans, un fabricant et un fournisseur du secteur de la brasserie. Il fournit des cavaliers de pompe à bière, des badges et des médaillons pour fût, des fixations pour cavaliers de pompe ainsi que des conseils sur les allergènes et des informations de sécurité sur les étiquettes des emballages alimentaires et des bouteilles de vin et de bière. Les secteurs spécialisés des étiquettes comprennent des revêtements métalliques, transparents, brillants, mats et en PET.
Peter Bray, Directeur général de Durst Royaume-Uni & Irlande explique : « L’impression numérique d’étiquettes à un prix abordable est désormais une réalité pour Colorscan grâce à son investissement dans la technologie Durst Tau 330 RSC E. Elle rejoint d’autres entreprises qui bénéficient d’un ensemble d’avantages en termes de qualité élevée, de meilleur service possible, de fiabilité de production, mais aussi d’économies importantes. Nous sommes ravis que cela les aide à faire un grand pas en avant dans le domaine des étiquettes. »
„The online shop needed to entail concentrated expert knowledge and offer customers fair prices. Durst was a professional partner who accompanied us on this journey in a goal-oriented, reliable and competent manner.
Ursula Hage, Managing Director, Verpackungsberatung Hage GmbH & Co. KG
In 1998 Ursula Hage and her husband started their own business. Having advanced from a small two-man business to an internationally operating packaging manufacturer, Verpackungsberatung Hage GmbH & CO.KG now has almost 30 employees and an annual turnover of over €5 million. In 2011 the company began to switch to digital production and invested in plotter technology and later also in digital flatbed printers. The company supplies to a wide range of industries: furniture industry, medical and laboratory technology, tool technology, automotive industry and the food industry. The digital production facility that belongs to the company (Albfactory) specializes in packaging and displays made of cardboard and corrugated board.
"Many years ago, we were aware that digitalisation brings with it a change of times and so we had the vision of an online shop for corrugated board packaging already in 2016. Thanks to our plotter technology, we already had access to a software on which Durst had an online shop based. So with the help of Durst our online shop quickly became a hit."
In 2019, Mrs. Hage and her husband decided to further upgrade and modernize the online shop with the new Durst Smart Shop solution to offer their customers even more flexibility and creativity in product design. The Boxitut, the new online shop, went live in March 2020.
Ursula Hage explains: "The entire menu and navigation of the Boxitut is new, you can get to the product and the order menu faster from all points. The online shop is even more user-friendly, the entire graphics have been improved and users get more inspiration through product suggestions. This makes the customer approach much more direct and thanks to Durst's enhanced Smart Editor, the whole process is much smoother and faster."
"In addition, customers are excited about the fact that the punch contours can be downloaded to create complete designs via the marketing department or with their own software and upload the file again during the ordering process. Furthermore, the 3D preview is an important, improved feature, which is especially crucial for the approval of the product. Another new feature is that we can define millimetre sizes during the packaging design process."
The order data is transmitted online to the production department and processed there in a purely digital form. The well-equipped production facility, which also includes a Durst Delta 250 WT Multi-Pass UV printer using odorless ink, which is highly suited for a range of corrugated packaging, guarantees customers short delivery times and lean cost structures.
"Thanks to the upgraded online shop, we will definitely tap into new markets. More and more companies, especially young start-ups, are looking to do business over the Internet, and that’s currently increasing due to Corona and minimized contact. Our digital production has given us a great advantage," says Ms. Hage. "The data generated in the online shop can be send to production without checking - the core element of the software was crucial here."
"We can highly recommend the company Durst and their service. Our contact people are competent, always available and have supported us professionally with the digital implementation step by step. The Boxitut is highly praised by our customers."