At FESPA Digital, Durst released three new UV printers: its new top-of-the-line Rho 1000 as well as the Rho 800 HS and Rho 500R.
The Rho 1000 is now the company’s flagship printer. Capable of operating in a continuous-feed workflow to eliminate load/unload delays between sheets, the Rho 1000 boasts the latest iteration of Durst’s Quadro 30D Array printhead technology, which doubles the number of nozzles per color to 2048, regulates ink temperature at the nozzle, and incorporates proprietary Point Drop Setting ink regulation (to boost image quality at high speeds).
The printer can print on sheets, heavy boards, and roll media, and is able to accommodate substrates up to 8-ft wide and 1.58-in. thick (2.75-in. thick in the “industrial version” of the loading/unloading system). It can hit speeds of up to 600 2.6 x 4-ft boards/hr with the Continuous Board Printing Option and offers a top resolution of 600 dpi. Four colors (CMYK) are standard, with options including light cyan, light magenta, white, clear varnish, and spot colors (on request); 10-liter integrated ink tanks, refillable on the fly. The Rho 1000 is equipped with an external GrandRIP+ Caldera RIP server.
“The Rho 1000 represents nothing less than the new global standard for large-format production digital printing, in terms of productivity, efficiency, and image quality,” says Christopher Howard, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Durst U.S. “We briefed several of our key clients…and every one called the Rho 1000 platform a ‘game changer’ that can transform their printing operations and allow them to compete in new market spaces.”
The Rho 800 HS is a faster version of the company’s Rho 800 Presto (“HS” stands for “high speed”), featuring the latest Durst Quadro 30D Array printhead technology. It doubles the number of inkjet nozzles (2048 per color) of the standard 800 and is capable of outputting 216 2.6 x 4-ft boards/hr (an increase of 80 percent over the standard 800 speed). It includes a mechanism for continuous board feeding plus mechanical front stops to allow for parallel printing of boards (the front stops also help to provide perfect print registration on long boards). CMYK are standard, with light cyan, light magenta, white, clear varnish, and spot colors optional; the light colors produce no loss of speed, indicates the company.
The 800 HS is capable of printing to a maximum width of 8 ft. It’s equipped with an external GrandRIP+ Caldera RIP server. The standard Rho 800 Presto will continue on, by the way.
The new Rho 500R is a 16.4-ft, roll-to-roll UV printer that combines an output of 4300 sq ft/hr with 600-dpi. As with the other two newly introduced Durst printers, this also features the new Durst Quadro 30D array technology (2048 nozzles/color) and is also CMYK standard with light cyan, light magenta, white, and spot colors optional (no speed reduction when in 6-color mode). Other 500R features include: built-in sensors; specially designed media-transport system for unattended printing, intelligent dither technology; segmented, aluminum-alloy shaft designed not to sag; high-precision transmission; and push-media advancement technology powered by winding rollers and pairs of tension rollers with different surface roughness. It’s equipped with an external GrandRIP+ Caldera RIP server.
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