On the display graphics side Durst introduced the Durst RHO512R, a 5-meter wide roll-to-roll UV printer with 900 dpi Variodrop technology, drop size of 12 picoliter and a speed of up to 350 m² per hour., and the new Rho P10 160UV inkjet flatbed printer, an entry-level hybrid model for rigid and roll material up to 1.6 meter wide and producing 68 m2/h at 1000 dpi.
Of course the Durst booth also had the latest in the Rho 1000 series, the Rho 1012 and the Rho 1030 printers as well. The Rho 1012 is the first 12 pcl flatbed printer enabled by Durst’s Quadro Array 12M print heads. With 1000 DPI print quality and 490 m² per hour speed, the 1012 offers offset-like quality and print volume suitable for backlit and close up viewing of POP displays. The Rho 1030 is a 30 pcl 1000 m² per hour using Durst’s Quadro Array 30M print head technology. This printing speed, full automation with auto loading and unloading tables makes it suited for inline incorporation with a production line.
Durst also introduced the Durst Rhotex 322 textile printer. The Rhotex 322 is capable of printing up to 140 m² per hour, which is twice as fast as the Rhotex 320, and up to 1200 dpi resolution in 6 colors. The Rhotex 322 has a drop size of 7 – 21 pcl, Durst Quadro Array and level 3 greyscale. This system is targeted at applications such as home, wall coverings, domestic textiles, interior design, as well as fashion applications.
Durst also introduced new engines designed for custom industrial applications such as screen and pad printing applications including membrane switches, instrument panels, dashboards, cover plates (e.g. for washing machines) and small items typical of pad printing applications. The system can use up to 8 ink channels (CMYK, light colors, process color additions (PCA) such as orange and violet or orange and green for extended color gamut, white or varnish). The Rho IP is available in two versions; The Rho IP 203 has a table size of DIN A4 Format (210×297 mm) and is perfectly suitable for the production of scale dials and the Rho IP 507 has a table size of 500 x 700 mm and is suitable for the membrane switch production.This is an example of what’s to come in Functional and Industrial applications that are covered by the InfoTrends Functional & Industrial Printing Service.
EFI had a press conference at FESPA where it detailed its progress. One of the interesting facts that EFI’s Guy Gecht identified was that inkjet products now represent more than half of the company’s revenue. EFI has continued to grow on a worldwide basis, even, according to Gecht, in Europe where the markets have been largely stagnant. EFI also continues to connect a lot of its software and workflow expertise into the signage and graphics business as it has in other markets. From a hardware standpoint, at its booth EFI was featuring the HS100Pro, which was on display for the first time in the UK at FESPA. The rated speed of the HS100 is 70-100 boards per hour with LED curing which enables greater substrate variety and has a positive impact on print volume of up to 50% based on the responses of the beta users.
At its FESPA booth InkTec was demonstrating the new KX5 and KX5-R, and KX7 and KX7-R flatbed printers. These new mid-range UV-curable inkjet printers are 2.2M wide flatbed (KX5, KX7) and roll-fed (KX5-R, KX7-R), 5-color (CMYKW) and are built around Konica-Minolta 1024 print heads. The KX5 has a rated speed of 30 sq. meters per hour while the double-head KX7 units will have a rated speed of 60 sq. meters per hour. Inktec is still selling the Jetrix models and had announced at ISA earlier this year that it had signed Seiko as its dealer in North America.
Another very interesting development in the UV market was the launch of the Screen Truepress Jet W3200. This is a 3.2 meter wide UV curable printer that uses the Fujifilm Samba print heads with a 14 picoliter drop size. Screen reported that the Truepress Jet W3200 was a joint development between Screen and its subsidiary Inca Digital. The Truepress Jet W3200 is a 6-color plus white printer that has a rated speed of 84 sq. meters per hour and is expected to be available in Q4 2013. Initial reports are that the Truepress Jet W3200 will be priced around 300,000 Euro or about $390,000USD.
There is a lot more news and information coming from FESPA, Ron and I look forward to reporting more over the last two days of the show.