08 Jul 2020

Duggal Installs First High Resolution Durst Dye-Sublimation Printer in the U.S.

Durst Rho 320

In June, 2011, Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc. fully installed the first Durst Rhotex 320 in the United States. The Durst Rhotex 320 is the first industrial speed dye-sublimation printer offering the highest quality fabric printing available.

The Durst Rhotex 320 is the first 10.5-foot wide (3.2m) printer developed specifically for fabric / “soft signage” printing. This unique printer not only has Durst’s latest print technology, it is also environmentally “friendly”.

“The Rhotex 320 allows us to offer our customers the highest quality dye-sublimation printing possible at impressive speeds, which in turn allows us to be the leader in the growing fabric market,” Duggal CEO Mike Duggal said.  “We are excited about adding this to our growing list of offerings for our clients. And the fact that the Rhotex 320 is environmentally friendly, using VOC-free water based inks, fits well with Duggal’s corporate ‘green philosophy’ and is an added bonus for our customers as well.”

“As digital imaging technologies progress and both printing processes and media improve, the benefits of ‘soft signage’ are becoming more apparent,” said Christopher Howard, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Durst U.S.  “Mike Duggal and the people at Duggal Visual Solutions understand this as well as anyone, and we’re pleased with their latest ‘first’ – the first Rhotex 320 in the United States.”

Durst’s Rhotex 320 – winner of the United Kingdom’s prestigious Angel Award for 2010, which acknowledges product innovation most likely to have a significant impact in the wide-format sector – was designed specifically to address the growing popularity of lighter-weight, easier-to-install, higher margin, reusable and “green” media options in production environments.

This wide-format roll-to-roll platform utilizes environmentally water-based dispersed dye inks, and comes equipped with the Quadro® Array 30D AQ print heads configured to print seven colors (CMYK + Light Cyan, Light Magenta, and Gray) delivering photographic quality at up to 775 s.f./hr.  Fabrics printed with these inks are entirely environmentally friendly, recyclable and disposable.

A combination of all the printer’s capabilities and Duggal’s array of material options from sheer voile and poly silk to back drop canvas and wrinkle-free media Duggal can provide a solution custom tailored to meet your visual needs.

Duggal Visual Solution and Durst Image Technology hope to continue their partnership together to bring more options, higher quality and faster turnaround times to their customers.

HP Scitex Printer Gives Packaging Firm New Capabilities


Heritage Paper has gained a competitive advantage in the packaging market as one  of the first U.S. firms to install an HP Scitex FB7500 Printer for high-quality, short- to medium-run printing on corrugated board.

The Livermore, Calif.-based company, which specializes in analog flexographic production, has developed a fast-growing niche in short-run, high-end digitally printed packaging and displays. To meet surging demand for digital printing, the company replaced a competing UV ink wide-format device with the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer.

The new printer, which Heritage purchased from HP Scitex distributor PriscoDigital (www.prisco.com), helps Heritage grow its business by providing the speed and flexibility to handle higher run lengths.

"We had to run our previous digital printing system in a slower, 'high-quality' mode to eliminate banding issues," said John Tatum, CEO, Heritage Paper. "The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, on the other hand, produces high quality at higher speeds, which significantly expands our capabilities.

"Instead of digital being affordable for run lengths in the hundreds or low thousands, we can offer our customers run lengths up to 10,000 with digital, which opens many more opportunities," added Tatum.

Expanding market opportunities

Heritage's customers are pursuing digital printing for a variety of reasons.

  • Prior to the new installation, Heritage sent client work needing higher-quality, medium-run printing out for lithographic printing at a local trade shop. Heritage would subsequently mount the outsourced litho sheets to corrugated board to complete the job. The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer eliminates that process, producing offset-quality imaging directly on corrugated substrates at a lower cost with faster turnaround times.
  • Many marketers are boosting revenues through regionalized, versioned and test-marketing designs produced in shorter runs that are too expensive to produce using analog flexography.
  • Small business customers, including several Northern California premium wineries, can now purchase high-end packaging and displays in the smaller quantities they require.
  • Larger customers looking to streamline their packaging supply chains are switching from flexo to digital printing on the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer to move to more sustainable, just-in-time manufacturing.

Re-thinking the packaging supply chain
The move to more sustainable manufacturing and services also aligns with the overall corporate philosophy at Heritage, a company that powers its plant with a $3.5 million solar panel roof. Digital printing reduces the cost and resources needed to maintain printed packaging inventories, as well as the significant waste from design changes that make pre-printed packaging obsolete.

Unlike its previous digital printing system, Heritage's HP Scitex FB7500 Printer has a gloss print mode that eliminates the need for lamination, a process that can make corrugated board non-recyclable. This feature improves the overall sustainability of Heritage's digitally printed products.

Heritage's new HP solution, which prints at speeds in excess of 5,300 sq.ft. per hour, can run rigid and flexible media up to .98 inches thick, in sizes up to 65x126 inches. Its high productivity makes the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer a cost-effective digital solution for many packaging, signage and graphics jobs typically produced using analog equipment. The printer is one of the first packaging industry flatbed wide-format printer sales completed by authorized distributor PriscoDigital.

"Heritage Paper clearly is on the cutting edge of the packaging industry, and its ability to identify and implement the advantages of digital technology for its customers differentiates Heritage in a dramatic way," said Steve Zunde, president, PriscoDigital. "We are extremely pleased to add Heritage Paper to our growing list of HP Scitex FB7500 users, and are excited to showcase the company's superb site, which houses this state-of-the -art technology, to other prospects."

FUJIFILM Dimatix Exceeds Expectations at Shanghai Print and Sign Expo

Dimatix Polaris

FUJIFILM Dimatix strengthened its standing as the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications with an impressive showing to attendees of the 19th annual Shanghai International Ad, Print, Pack & Paper Expo. The company surpassed expectations with the range and versatility of its inkjet technology both in the Dimatix booth and around the show floor, where the company's high-performance Q-Class printheads and respected Skywalker and Nova product lines powered more than 30 different printer designs.

The 2011 APPPEXPO, which took place July 6-9 at the 150,000-square-meter Shanghai New International Expo Centre, provided a major business platform for leading global advertising and sign companies and their suppliers from around the world.

From Printing and Decorating to Materials Deposition

With its more than 100,000 visitors, APPPEXPO 2011 set the stage for FUJIFILM Dimatix to demonstrate the performance and versatility of its drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for applications from wide-format graphics production to decorating products from textiles and wood to ceramics.

The company also tapped the venue's international reach to showcase its DMP-2800 and DMP-3000. Dimatix Materials Printers are designed for non-contact printing of functional fluids for a range of applications from assessing DNA arrays and developing products for biotechnology applications to manufacturing printed electronics.

The DMP-2800 is a bench-top materials printer designed for micro-precision jetting of functional fluids onto virtually any surface. It can build and define patterns over an area of 200 x 300 mm onto substrates up to 25 mm thick using single-use Dimatix Materials Cartridge printheads based on the company's proprietary Silicon MEMS (Si MEMS) technology.

The freestanding DMP-3000 features a printable area of 300 x 300 mm and positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 microns and ± 1 micron, respectively. Designed for advanced R&D and process prototyping of small manufacturing volumes, it can jet fluids using Dimatix Materials Cartridge printheads or precision 128-channel Dimatix D-Class silicon MEMS printheads designed for high throughput.

FUJIFILM Dimatix also demonstrated a version of a MerlinTM-single-pass concept press in a web configuration simulating the production of RFID tags, printed electronic circuits, and corrugated paper product decoration. Merlin systems are comprised of an industrial controller with support for up to 48 printheads. Printheads can be arranged in various width clusters from 2.5 to 30-inches, in monochrome to more than 4-colors with laned or contiguous imaging possible. Merlin systems are easily integrated to existing production lines and are used for product decoration and materials deposition manufacturing applications.

Dimatix Based OEM Printing Systems

In addition to the various displays at the FUJIFILM Dimatix booth, the company's inkjet printheads were represented around the Expo floor by leading OEMs who collectively exhibited more than 30 high-performance and value priced UV and solvent printers based on Dimatix printheads. These included an exceptionally strong showing by Chinese printer manufacturers Shenzen Runtianzhi Image Technology Co. Ltd., GongZheng Technology Development Co., Ltd., Wit-Color Digital Science & Technology Co., Hangzhou Honghua Digital Technology Stock Co. Ltd., and Teckwin International.

Strong demand for the Dimatix 512-jet Polaris printhead was evident in the many OEM products on the show floor that incorporated the new Q-Class technology in their latest wide-format and flatbed inkjet printer designs. Most of these featured new Polaris PQ-512/15 and PQ-512/35 units with as few as two printheads providing a total of 1,024 channels to units that were equipped with as many as 12 printheads for jetting ink through more than 6,000 independent nozzles. Included among them were a new 5-meter-wide UV design from Beijing Innovation Technology Co., Ltd. (JHF), and a new 5-meter-wide UV model from Teckwin, each of which featured 12 Polaris PQ-512/15 heads.

The Polaris PQ-512 series are general-purpose drop-on-demand printheads that utilize the binary operating mode of Dimatix' VersaDropTM jetting technology and Q-Class construction to deliver adjustable ink drop sizes from 15 to 150 picoliters from 512 individually addressable nozzles, at frequencies up to 45 kHz with exceptional straightness.

The Q-Class platform also accommodates a broad range of inks including UV-curable, aggressive organic solvents and aqueous inks making the Polaris series and other Q-Class printheads suitable for a wide variety of commercial and industrial printing applications such as wide-format, label and decorative printing, at resolutions to 1000 dpi.

This hallmark Q-Class flexibility and performance extends to Dimatix Sapphire and Emerald printheads with VersaDropTM grayscale operating modes for high-performance graphics printing applications.

Additional printer models displayed on the show floor included a Nova-based solvent printer from Korean manufacturer DGI Company, and a Skywalker HD design demonstrated by Wit-Color.

"The Shanghai International Ad, Print, Pack & Paper Expo is recognized as a world-class event for the global advertising and sign industry and a showcase for inkjet technology in the Far East," said Russell Brown, Marketing Manager, OEM Printheads. "Our presence at this year's show clearly demonstrated the strength of our position in the Chinese inkjet printing market with a comprehensive range of inkjet printheads capable of addressing the broad spectrum of industrial applications."

Durst Rho 1000L, another sales boost for Probo/Sign

Durst Rho 1000L

Probo/Sign, a Dutch print service provider, just invested in the new Durst Rho 1000L. It’s the second Durst printer in just a year for this fast growing company of owner Erwin Postma. Last year’s investment in a Durst Rho 500R resulted in a large sales boost. Postma is now expecting another sale boost as a result of installing the Durst Rho 1000L in the beginning of June. The printer was delivered to Probo/Sign directly from FESPA Digital in Hamburg where the Durst Rho 1000L made its debut show.

Probo/Sign works for resellers like sign makers, exhibition builders and ad agents. It was only in 2001 that Erwin Postma took over Probo/Sign. It was then a small sign shop in Dokkum in the Northern area of the Netherlands with just two employees. At present the company has over 40 employees and takes more than 100 print orders a day.

In 2001 Postma invested in his first large format solvent printer. In 2003 he bought a hybrid UV printer. The decision a year ago to equip the Rho 500R with white ink proved to be a very good one. In the first year we printed a lot of 3M ClearVision on it. This investment gave us a significant growth in 2010.

When the moment came to replace the hybrid UV printer, white ink was for sure on the wish list. One of the applications for the Rho 1000L will be to produce backlit prints directly on transparent PET plates using 3 layers of ink (cmyk, white, cmyk). Postma: With the Rho 1000L we can take over jobs that are currently still printed in offset, for in stands for print backlit plates. Postma already booked the first order from an offset printer. He expects more orders from offset printers all for all kinds of POS materials. With the Durst Rho 1000L we can offer our customers the right price and speed needed for this kind of applications that mostly run from 100 to 400 copies.

Postma took half one year to visit several vendors to look what they had to offer. The print quality was the deciding factor among some other things. One of these factors is that the Rho 1000L is very flexible when it comes to input and output. Postma: ‘’We start now with the automated plate input, a stacker for the output and a hand table for the extraordinary print jobs. It’s nice that we can still make other choices in the future. In the first week we already experienced how important the automatic plate loading is. You can run the printer on engine speed with no time waste while it continues feeding plates.  Should we need even more speed than the 1000L can offer we can easily upgrade it to the Durst 1000.

Agfa Graphics outlines the vast potential of its high speed, high quality :M-Press Leopard

Agfa Mpress Leopard

Following its official launch, Agfa Graphics has now released full details at FESPA Digital of its new :M-Press Leopard which is targeted at the growing numbers of users who want the speed and quality of offset litho and screen-printing but with the convenience of a wide-format ink-jet platform. Designed on the same lines as the :M-Press Tiger, this new machine offers very fast throughput rates and the ability to produce double-sided print with precision registration.

Although the concept behind the original :M-Press’s with in-line screen-printing and high end digital capabilities has made it a firm favourite amongst print houses throughout the world, Agfa Graphics has acknowledged that many users want only the benefits obtained from its high quality digital technology. As a result, the company has used the same advanced components and construction found in today’s :M-Press Tiger and adapted these into a new dedicated wide-format ink-jet platform called the :M-Press Leopard.

Thus, the newly introduced :M-Press Leopard is designed to target the mid-sized print service provider whose output requirements sit in the bracket of 200,000 to 500,000 m2 of print per year. This productivity strategy is also based on reliability, on extremely high print quality and, although the printer doesn’t incorporate a screen-printing facility, on its feeding and unloading table produced using Thieme’s existing technology.

The design of the :M-Press Leopard is based on a manual loading and offloading concept. This functionality is designed to accommodate changing job types and double-sided output which cannot be handled practically with a fully or partially automated system.

A solidly designed and constructed platform, the Agfa :M-Press Leopard produces accurate registration at sizes as small as A3, thanks to the 29 lay-on pins which align the material precisely. The design of the powerful vacuum bed makes loading and offloading fast and foolproof, with quick swapping of media and efficient and accurate recto to verso (front-to-back) turning for double-sided prints.

The design of the vacuum bed includes 55 separate zones for optimum hold-down on different sizes of sheet. Lighter media is aligned using the front pins whilst, to maintain optimum stability, a series of rear lay pins is used to hold heavier substrates firmly in place.

Agfa’s advanced shuttle design is incorporated into the :M-Press Leopard and this utilises its established UPH 2 (Universal Print Head) technology that incorporates greyscale variable droplet technology which results in fewer passes being required to achieve the required quality. Its drop sizes range from 10 picolitre through to a maximum of 26 picolitres.

Using Agfa’s Wave Form and ink optimisation capabilities, the volume of the base sub-droplet is controlled to generate the finest and most accurate output. This feature negates the requirement for additional colours beyond CMYK, thus reducing overall ink costs, and smooth highlights, sharp text and vivid solid colours can be produced without noise or grain.

The Agfa :M-Press Leopard benefits from its :Apogee workflow which includes all necessary functions so essential to the colour accurate consistency required for wide-format applications, such as for high end retail advertising and point-of-sale. This workflow software also simplifies pre-press time; it is configured for true JDF connectivity, with the advantage of sophisticated and effective variable data printing and versioning (:Apogee Vibe) bringing much needed versatile customisation into today’s jobs.

With a maximum print size of 1.6m x 2.6m, the Agfa :M-Press Leopard is geared for fast job change-over and extremely high output quality, suitable for even the closest viewing. It can work with flexible and rigid materials up to 5cm in thickness, and its low ink consumption and versatility are designed to challenge both offset and screen-printing in terms of running costs and print standards.

Maximum print speeds for the Agfa :M-Press Leopard are 483 m2/hour and, even in photographic quality mode, the machine achieves 283 m2/hour. This versatile printer is driven by the criteria needed to produce finished prints in the optimum time, not being compromised by the need for fast job change-over or the swapping of materials from one type to another.

Display producers seeking a high productivity wide-format ink-jet printer which is designed to accommodate a variety of sizes and weights of material should find that the new ruggedly constructed Agfa :M-Press Leopard matches their requirements. The benefits of fast change-over, precision accuracy on double-sided prints and a reliable and consistent engine technology has resulted in a machine which doesn’t compromise any area of the production process.

EFI VUTEk GS3250r combines stunning close viewing quality with high production speed

Efi 2010 Logo

Making its worldwide début at FESPA Digital in Hamburg, EFI's latest dedicated roll-fed machine was developed to bring the cost savings and flexibility of solvent-based inks to a completely new UV-curable platform. Designated the EFI VUTEk® GS3250r, this 3.2m wide-format production printer produces high margin, closely viewed applications with a low total cost of ownership, a true 1000 dpi resolution plus dual roll-to-roll capabilities and the 3M MCS warranty.

EFI has designed and manufactured the VUTEk GS3250r to increase production rates and reduce investment and running costs substantially. Its true 1000 dpi output quality is complemented by a maximum throughput speed of 111 square m/hour to generate savings of up to 37 percent when compared with alternative platforms. Dual roll capability, multi-queue functionality and double-sided printing combine to give this machine the productivity of a roll-fed superwide-format system.

"The introduction of the VUTEk GS3250r represents a new generation of high production roll-to-roll printers with its ability to produce high quality throughput suitable for close as well as distant viewing," explains Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager of EFI VUTEk and Rastek®. "There are still many users of solvent-based wide-format printers who want to make the move to UV-curable ink technologies but have been deterred because they believe there are trade-offs in image quality and that the process is slower and more costly. These businesses can now be assured that there is a machine available that will produce high-quality output with improved throughput speeds and cost-efficient production in a nearly VOC-free environment."

The rugged yet sophisticated construction of the EFI VUTEk GS3250r is complemented by its six-colour UV-curable inks, and a choice of true 1000 dpi resolution (14 picolitre drop size) or 600 dpi (28 picolitre) to cater for different output requirements. Designed both for short runs and high volumes, the machine handles dual rolls. It offers multi-queue functionality available at the user interface to run multiple jobs at the same time, and its double-sided printing capability makes it ideal for jobs where precise register must be maintained.

The machine incorporates EFI's VUTEk GS4 3M Premium UV-curable inks, which are supplied in five litre containers, for maximum reliability and the broadest colour gamut. With fast UV-curing producing excellent adhesion and long-life durability, there is minimal risk of flaking, crazing or cracking.

The VUTEk GS32350r also benefits from the 3M™ MCS™ (Matched Component System) Warranty when printing with 3M's flexible media, which broadens application potential across a wide range of flexible materials.

"The industry will welcome the arrival of the EFI VUTEk GS3250r because its extremely high quality and low running costs make it a wise choice for anyone wanting to produce the throughput and vivid colours generated by solvent-based ink formulations but on a UV-curable wide-format platform," comments independent consultant, Sophie Matthews-Paul.

The integration of EFI's Fiery XF RIP simplifies all areas of production, from advanced ICC colour management through to batching, queuing, nesting and tiling, and many other advanced functions necessary in today's production houses. The bi-directional communication between the Fiery XF RIP and VUTEk system provides audit information, such as printing time and ink and media usage, on every print job. This sophisticated yet easy-to-use solution can be used alongside the company's print MIS and Digital StoreFront web-to-print solutions, offering full JDF connectivity for greater business efficiency.

The new VUTEk GS3250r joins other wide-format print solutions from EFI at FESPA Digital. These include the 3.2m VUTEk GS3250LX, which features LED "cool cure" technology and continuous board feeding, and the enhanced VUTEk GS5000r 5m platform, which now has an in-line white ink option. Complementing these systems are two entry-level options, the Rastek H652 flatbed printer and the new Rastek R3204, which is the first 3.2m roll-fed solution from this stable. The Jetrion 4830 digital industrial label solution also will be in the stand.