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Inkjet Drupa 2012

(June 2012) posted on Fri Jun 15, 2012

For 14 days in May, Dusseldorf was the epicenter of the graphics world.


By Gregory Sharpless

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Durst’s Rho 320R HS Printer
Durst Image Technology (durstus.com) announced a new Rho 320R HS “High Speed” version of its Rho 320R roll-to-roll printer. The new UV machine can hit a maximum speed of up to 1895 sq ft/hr in high-speed P-O-P mode (1485 sq ft/hr in 2-pass mode), and offers a 600-dpi resolution; it can accommodate large rolls with a diameter of up to 24 in. 600 mm and a width of 126 in. (or 2 rolls of 63-in. each). Inks are UV-free, high-pigmentation Rho Roll DM inks for indoor and outdoor use; 4-color standard (6-color optional). The 320R HS features Durst’s Quadro Array printhead technology, Durst Linux Touchscreen software, and an external Caldera RIP server (GrandRIP+ software). It can print on a wide range of materials, including paper, films, polyester textiles, and vinyl.

Durst also showcased its new Rho 1000 heavy-roll media option 60, which allows users to load large rolls of paper and, without pausing in the print cycle, receive finished sheets cut to size and ready for dispatch. The system consists of an unwinding tool and is equipped with two dancer rollers; it will handle rolls up to a diameter of 24 in. and a maximum roll weight of 1323 lbs.

And the company presented its Durst Rho IP (Industrial Print) engine, a high-speed inkjet engine specifically designed for industrial screen and pad-printing applications. Capable of being integrated into automated production lines and configured according to the application. the IP engine is ideally suited for the production of membrane switches, instrument panels, dashboards, cover plates, and small items typical of pad-printing apps, Durst reports.

Designjet Modifications, New ColorPro Media from HP
HP (hp.com) showcased the addition of a platen cover for the newest HP latex printers – the Designjet L26500 and L28500 machines – designed to improve loading of textile media for the production of high-value soft signage and temporary textiles. In addition, HP reported it’s working with leading media suppliers to co-develop new media with ColorPro Technology. Media products with ColorPro Technology are designed together with HP inks and printers to optimize printing system performance. The new ColorPro media will be available in 2013. And HP announced a new version of HP Hiflex WebtoPrint for large-format sign and display applications.


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