Attendees at this year's International Sign Expo in Orlando got a close look at two production UV inkjet digital print platforms from Durst—the five-meter Rho 500R for roll printing, and the 98-inch Rho 800HS mainly for rigid substrate printing—both of which are well suited to the evolving market that sign shop operators are now facing.
These two printers were fully operational on the floor of trade show exhibit Visitors had the opportunity to evaluate their operating performance, as well as their versatility and efficiency in executing an extremely broad range of display and signage applications.
"With the technology taking signage and commercial display into so many new areas, our Rho 500R and Rho 800HS can be an excellent fit for innovative sign vendors who want to go where the market is heading, and are always looking to improve their offerings and their performance,” said Christopher Howard, senior vice president of sales & marketing for Durst US. "Whatever the application, whatever the media, whatever the turnaround time—these Rho printers deliver outstanding results. We're very pleased to be able to bring them to this year's Sign Expo."
The Rho 500R can print three different images on three separate media rolls simultaneously across its 5-meter width. It prints six-color, 600-dpi images on just about any roll media at speeds up to 4,300 sqft/hr. The Rho 500R operates unattended, uses less ink than comparable superwide platforms, and minimizes operation costs due to its high productivity, advanced workflow and remarkable versatility.
A precise rail with linear motor drive system, a proven front-to-back registration system, along with a mesh and textile printing option, combine to make the Rho 500R one of the most effective, economical large-format imagers ever developed, Durst said. It employs Durst's Quadro 30D Array print head technology, which doubles the number of nozzles per color to 2,048. Along with ink temperature regulation and Durst's proprietary Point Drop Setting system to deliver the highest image quality at the highest speed, print output capabilities are raised by about 80 percent.
The Rho 800HS employs Durst’s Quadro 30D Array print head technology, and utilizes the same continuous board printing system found in the Rho 800 Presto. The Rho 800HS can print on multiple narrow boards across its 98-inch width, on materials up to 2.75 inches thick, at a top speed of more than 2,000 sqft/hr. In its two-pass mode, it delivers exceptional image quality at nearly 1,200 sqf/hr.
The Rho 800HS also is compatible with Durst’s roll feed / take-up accessory, designed for long runs and quick media changes. It handles oversized rolls up to 440 pounds (200kg), diameters up to 12 inches (30cm), and widths up to 98 inches (249cm).