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(May 2013) posted on Fri May 03, 2013

The venerable rollfed printer remains a critical output tool.

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The Rho P10 320R can accommodate backlits, textiles, vinyls, and stretch media; 2mm maximum thickness (depending on media). It can print simultaneously on two parallel rolls and can run unattended 24/7, Durst reports. A Caldera GrandRIP+ external RIP server is standard.

The Rhotex 320, aimed at the soft-signage markets, is available in 4-color standard or in an optional configuration of CMYKcm + light black and/or spot colors. The Rhotex 320 features Durst’s Quadro Array 30D AQ printhead technology, an inline ink dryer, an automated capping station that covers all printheads automatically when the sled is in “park” position to eliminate evaporation of the printer’s water-based inks, an integrated ink absorbing system to keep inks from penetrating through the media, and more. It offers P-O-P quality output at up to 775 sq ft/hr (645 sq ft/hr in High Resolution mode) and a top resolution of 600 dpi.

Also available is the 5-meter Rho 500R (4300 sq ft/hr).

The Vutek GS3250r from EFI ( is a 6-color (CMYKcm) roll-to-roll UV machine that offers dual 600- or 1000-dpi resolution and speeds up to 2400 sq ft/hr. It also features: multi-queue functionality available at the user interface; multi-roll capability (up to two 60-in. rolls), co-branded EFI/3M Premium UV inks in 5-liter containers; an EFI Fiery XF RIP; native JDF connectivity; and optional automated double-sided printing capability. The GS3250r accommodates media up to 126.5-in. wide and up to 0.125-in. thick.

The Vutek TX3250r is a 126.5-in. dye-sublimation textile printer that can print direct to textile or indirect via transfer paper. Aimed at the soft-signage and digital textile markets, the TX3250r is an 8-color printer (CMYKcmyk) switchable to Fast-4 mode (CMYK x 2). Top resolution is 1080 dpi. It’s multi-roll capable (up to two 60-in. rolls) and includes a heavy-duty unwinder.

The EFI R3225 printer is a 126-in. roll-to-roll, entry-level production UV machine. The 4-color (CMYK) R3225 provides eight-level, variable-drop grayscale heads and a top resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi. Speeds range from 939 sq ft/hr in Express mode (2-pass, 300 dpi) to 547 sq ft/hr in Signage Plus mode (4-pass, 600 dpi) and 138 sq ft/hr in Ultra Quality mode (18-pass, 900 dpi). It ships with a complete set of R Series inks, supplied in 3.25-liter bottles.