DIGITAL DURST PHO 1312 AF on PIXELPRO
Presentation of large format printer Durst Rho 1312 AF at PixelPro
The SignArt company and the PixelPro company together with representatives of Durst Phototechnik AG held a presentation of the new flagship model of the wide-format printer Durst Rho 1312 AF on July 13 in the town of Domodedovo.
I flew to the airport of the same name the day before, and after I stayed in the hotel I decided to take a walk. Domodedovo is a small city, known primarily for the airport. The name of the city was given to the nearby village of Domodedovo, first mentioned in the annals around 1401. The modern city is located on the ancient road – Kashirsky tract, which for many centuries connected Moscow with Kashira and many other southern cities. An interesting fact is that in the distant 1825 the owner of the estate Konstantinovo, state councilor Pokhvisnev founded here a paper mill.
But, returning to the presentation, I would like to note that the event aroused great interest among an impressive number of manufacturers who were happy at the meeting in the conference hall of the PixelPro enterprise. It’s nice when people working in the same field, sometimes direct competitors, know how to find a common language. In addition to the main target audience, the actual potential buyers of Durst equipment, the presentation was attended by media representatives. The event itself was divided into two parts. In the first part, Ivan Klushin, CEO of the Sign Art company, and Wolfram Verwuester, Durst, told the guests about the Durst company, its history, as well as the evolution of its digital equipment. It is worth noting that at times the performance was interrupted by questions from the audience. Of course, manufacturers were interested in specific figures, such as paint costs, payback periods, etc. Journalists were interested in the general direction of development of both Durst and the digital printing equipment segment as a whole. To our questions about the problem areas, Mr. Verwuester replied that today for digital printing this is a mismatch between the capabilities of digital printers and level of development and availability of digital plotters. They are great for creating samples or very small runs, but the speeds offered by equipment for digital printing are not yet ready. Also, in connection with the total connection of equipment to the network and the transfer of a huge part of the entire production process to the internet, the issue of cyber security is in the air. After all, with the example of the latest large-scale virus attacks, we could see how illusory the confidence in the full protection of our systems is. Wolfram Furwester agreed that at conferences, exhibitions and other events does not give this aspect much attention. But, most likely, it is in the public space, because the work in this direction is ongoing unceasingly. After the presentation, Andrey Semashko, the director of PixelPro, arranged a tour of the production facilities for the guests and showed the company’s equipment in operation. Also, guests were able to visit the show-room, where samples of products manufactured by PixelPro were presented. I want to say that the organization of the company’s work is at the highest level, and as a result – excellent products. I hope, soon the Corrugated Industry magazine will write about them a separate material. The tour of production began and ended with the recently installed new digital printer for large-format printing Durst Rho 1312 AF. Visitors could see the printing in two streams, assess the speed and quality of the work. Equipment is impressing. The printer itself is a new model from the flagship series of a large line of Durst inkjet and flat-bed UV printers. Printers of this series are more productive and have improved print quality, have high gloss printing mode, and printing on heat sensitive and complex materials has become more careful. They have improved conveyor belt, vacuum clamps and material registration system. An additional external drying has become available, which allows fast and high-quality sealing of heat-sensitive materials. The speed of the Rho 1312 when printing the full width – up to 620 m2 / hour. The maximum print width is 2500 mm, the resolution is 1000 dpi. Colors are CMYK, optional: Lc and Lm, additional process-colors: orange / green or orange / purple. Below we present some interesting moments of Wolfram Verwuester’s presentation about the Durst company, about digital equipment of the company and about the new technology of printing with water-based paints. The Durst company is located in the heart of Europe and for it the markets of Poland, Russia, Germany, Austria, Romania are very important.
The company sees its mission as the industry’s transition from classical equipment and, in particular, the multi-pass system, to more compact machines and printing in a single pass through the single-pass system. This is in tune with the global trends in the industry and the changes in the requirements for production, which have already become quite tangible: short runs, seasonal changes, localization and personalization of packaging, speed of order fulfillment. Of course, such changes do not mean that multi-pass systems will not be needed; they have their own tasks and can handle them perfectly. However, manufacturers simply need to become more flexible. From the beginning of the 2000s to the present day, Durst has been consistently developing in the digital direction: the equipment is being improved; it is becoming more and more rapid and universal. The company has a line of beginner-level machines for those who are just about to discover the world of digital printing, there is a line of fast multi-pass machines and there is a new high-speed equipment with single-pass technology. There are two types of paints – classic UV paint, which is already well known to the market, and water based paint is a new development that has every chance of becoming the industry standard. This paint is on the market since 2016. It is a kind of addition of the line to existing UV inks. While UV paint is quite versatile and covers a wide range of materials, water-based paint is used for a narrower range of materials, but it has other advantages, such as environmental friendliness, print appearance, etc. And against the backdrop of systematic stable development, we can highlight 2016, when Durst decided on the strategy of developing equipment for digital printing on corrugated cardboard and corrugated packaging, developing and launching a line of Delta equipment. Delta 250 is the first machine in Delta’s portfolio. This machine is almost identical with the earlier Rho P10 HS. However, the subsequent models of the Delta line will have a different vector of development than the Rho line, since the Delta equipment will initially be oriented to work with a corrugated cardboard, and Rho equipment will continue to be quite versatile and oriented to work with a variety of materials. Delta 250 is great for printing small print runs and packaging, since it can work with corrugated sheets from A3 to 2500 x 3200 mm and thickness up to 45 mm. The productivity of the machine is from 29 to 49 sheets per hour for sheet sizes of 2500 x 1600 mm. One of the modifications of this model is the Delta WT 250 water-based paint. It is a completely new machine, recently awarded the European Digital Press Award 2016/2017 in the nomination “The Best Solution for Corrugated Production”. Although the Durst company did not even apply for participation in the competition, because they were going to do it next year. However, thanks to journalists and experts, the Delta WT 250 was accepted for the competition and won. It is worth noting that since this is a completely new development, such machines are somewhat more expensive than similar machines working with UV paint, while the cost of operation and printing of both types of paint is comparable. It is necessary to emphasize separately that water-based paint from Durst has a lacquer, which, after fastening, gives a good appearance, glossiness, as well as protects the image from scuffs when storing workpieces in a stack, and protects the image from burning out. Print heads use the technology of constant recirculation of paint, which avoids additional cleaning. Also from the operator’s point of view, work on digital equipment using water-based paints is simpler. A step forward in the development of equipment for digital printing on corrugated cardboard with water-based paints can rightfully be considered one of the most innovative and most versatile machines – Delta SPC 130. This machine with single-pass printing technology, that is, printing in one run. The maximum width of the print is 1285 mm, the maximum number of color rows is 6. The ability to print on corrugated paper or any length of paper, up to 12 mm thick with a maximum resolution of 800 dpi and a printing speed of 9350 m 2 / h (60-120 linear m / min).
Delta SPC 130 is equipped with print heads created using Drop On-Demand technology. To increase productivity, the printer is also equipped with a hybrid dryer. The feeder includes a Non-Crush system, designed specifically for non-contact (literally) transport of the printed material, which completely guarantees no damage to the surface of the material. The Durst Delta SPC 130 printer can also be integrated into an existing line, or purchased with the fully compatible FlexLine production line offered by Durst. When working in 3 shifts on this printer, you can print 20 million m2 / year. Separately, it should be emphasized that, based on experience and information received from manufacturers, Durst calculated that the purchase of digital equipment that works with water-based paints is advisable at production volumes of 3 million sq. m / year and more. Calculations of costs were made taking into account that print heads Durst on the average work 24 months, which is undoubtedly an achievement of the engineering team of the company. In addition to equipment and paints, Durst pays special attention to the development of service and software development, which already plays an important role in production. And in the future, software will become one of the key factors for successful production. This year, Durst will introduce new products in this segment. Constantly staying in close contact with its customers and customers of their customers, Durst works on the creation of equipment that is designed to make printing reasonable in price (the final price of all printing is lower and more predictable), better (the highest, stable print quality in a wide range of reproducible colours), fast (minimal time to prepare for printing, there is no need to change the printed form) and “green” (thanks to the “water technology” printing there is no excessive ink consumption and washing liquids and water pollution). Turning to the experience of working in the markets of Europe, Mr. Verwuester noted that it is sometimes very difficult to convey information about the digital press, its benefits and advantages to producers. In this issue, examples of companies that have already installed and operate digital equipment help. Such companies are already one step ahead, and they know how to make money on this. After all, digital printing is a unique technological opportunity that opens up to the producers such benefits as printing in small print runs, the ability to print on time, the reduction of storage facilities, self-realization and the ability to print variable data for sample printing. All this allows manufacturers to expand their product portfolio, attract new customers and increase their presence in the market. In conclusion, I want to once again mention the warm friendly atmosphere of the presentation, as well as thank the speakers for interesting information, and the PixelPro company for hospitality