17 Sep 2021

Durst Rho 1000 wins prestigious Angel Award 2009 in the UK

Durst Win 2009 Angel Award

The Angel Awards are published annually by Image Reports Magazine. They are the top ten products launched throughout the year which the editor and her team consider:

“The most innovative and likely to make an impact in the wide format sector.”

The Rho 1000 was launched at FESPA Digital as the flagship product in the Rho range of large format UV inkjet printers. It is a continuous UV flatbed printer that is capable of being integrated into existing manufacturing processes. It boasts a maximum output of up to 600 boards per hour (125 x 80 cm / 4 x 2.6ft.), without interruption, around the clock, whilst ensuring optimum quality.

The exceptional productivity and output quality are achieved by the further development of Durst’s own Quadro Array printhead technology, together with its highly efficient workflow configuration, which can integrate into existing manufacturing processes (screen and offset printing).

In addition to continuous board printing, the Rho 1000 will print on sheets, heavy boards and roll media up to 250cm wide and 40mm thick, and can be loaded and unloaded using screen printing methods and systems. There are a range of ink options, as with all Durst inkjets, including the addition of light colours (light magenta and light cyan), spot colours, white and selective varnish. 

For more information on the Durst Rho range of UV inkjets, visit www.durst-online.co.uk

Inca Spyder Investment Leads Digital Expansion for Kremer

Inca Spyder V

It is a brave move to create a new business focus during a global economic crisis - especially when your target audience is bearing the brunt of the downturn.

For Kremer Signs, a leading supplier of signage to the property market, the decision to add a digital arm to its service has been so successful that a second eight-colour Inca Spyder has just joined an 18-month-old printer/machine at the Newbury firm. Together the digital capability of both printers is expected to help boost the company's £4m turnover by 12 per cent this year alone.

Steve Gosney, managing director, explained: "We had been looking to add digital production capacity for a long time but were never quite happy with the colour result until we saw the Inca Spyder. It gave us the colour range and finish we needed. There were other systems that were cheaper but nothing could match the quality we were looking for. The calibre of the finish was paramount and the Inca gives us that which is why, when we needed another system, Inca was our first choice."

Based on the design of the popular and highly successful Inca Spyder series of flatbed inkjet printers Kremer Sign's Spyder V supplied by Fujifilm Sericol is the newest and fastest edition. It is capable of up to 93 sqm/hr in production mode with a maximum speed of 130 sqm/hr thanks to a unique Inca designed printhead array. It has a print area of 3.2 x 1.6m capable of coping with substrates as thick as 30mm.

The Inca Spyder V's 25 picolitre drop size, combined with Inca's own print module technology, delivers precise ink drop placement and produces the excellent print quality they require. Its colour management flexibility and easy file set-up with the RIP, plus exceptional white ink opacity make it a highly adaptable system that Mr Gosney says has been fundamental to their success.

The decision has also clearly been a hit with customers as now the two presses produce almost half of 50,000 signs printed every month. Mr Gosney expands: "Our market share has increased on the back of the Spyders because people are realising that the quality is phenomenal.  We are mainly printing on Correx fluted plastic and the Spyder is ideal for that medium.

"Estate agents use much more colour and imagery now to get their boards noticed and build brand awareness," explains Mr Kremer, managing director. "Consistency is vital to that. Our customers tend to place orders months apart but they need their boards to look the same no matter when they were printed. With the Spyder we know we can deliver that and do it more affordably."

As for taking the plunge at an economically unpredictable time Mr Gosney says: "We bought the first system at the beginning of the credit crunch and the second, it seems, was bought in the middle. The investment in these was not small but we were looking at the long-term rather than the short-term. At the same time our customers are now wanting to place smaller orders and this helps us to achieve that more competitively."

Kremer Signs manufactures and installs a broad range of quality signage for all aspects of the residential and commercial property market place including For Sale, To Let and Commercial boards.

Pyramid Visuals expands its presence in POP with an Inca Spyder

Inca Spyder V

Surrey large format digital printer Pyramid Visuals has invested in an Inca Spyder V large format UV inkjet printer in order to keep ahead of its customers’ demands for increasingly fast turnarounds and expand its presence in the point of sale and point of purchase (POS/POP) market.

With speeds of up to 130sqm per hour and the ability to print directly on to any substrate, the company has seen substantial time and cost savings.

“Digital is definitely the way to go in the display market,” says production director Scott Meader. “Every machine we have is digital and the speed, quality, resolution and flexibility that the Inca Spyder V offers made it the ideal choice for the type of work we do.”

The Inca Spyder V, supplied by Fujifilm Sericol, has an innovative print head array which gives high quality at high speeds and offers greater throughput than ever before. With a print area of 3.2×1.6m and the ability to print onto substrates up to 30mm thick, the printer is ideal for the production of display graphics.

Pyramid Visuals was founded in 1993 as a sign and signwriting supplier and were very successful in that niche, producing a variety of work including cut vinyls and vehicle livery. Six years ago the company invested heavily in the digital arena and so, when it came to investing in the digital POP market,  the company had already acquired a good reputation in the banner sector, including building wraps, and had no doubt that concentrating on the flatbed market would provide better returns and expanding opportunities.

One of those markets is POS/POP, to which the Spyder V is ideally suited. “The client can come to us with a product,” says Meader. “The designer can put the dimensions into the CAD programme and a packaging solution is created, we then add the artwork, print it on the Spyder V and finish it on our Zund cutter. The client can have a full high-resolution mock up about two hours from receipt of the concept.”

When Meader was researching which machine to buy he visited demonstration suites with a pre-prepared test file. He had it run at the different speeds in the machines’ ranges and chose the resolution result he required. “I then got them to run it again and I timed how long it took,” he says. “If the machine didn’t reach the speed I needed, I discounted it and went on to the next. The Inca Spyder V produced the resolution I wanted at the speed I required.”

Pyramid is feeding its Spyder V with short run POS jobs. Operating two shifts a day, seven days a week, the machine is already running at capacity. “The beauty of digital is that although a run may be 150 sheets, those 150 don’t have to be the same design” says Meader. “For example, a free standing display unit may be intended for a product that is priced differently in London, Scotland, Newcastle and Ireland. The client can have the same design but can change the price and not incur extra set up costs. It means we can be really competitive in that market.”

Scott Meader Production Director Pyramid Visuals

Scott Meader, Production Director Pyramid Visuals


The Spyder V’s ability to print directly onto rigid substrates eliminates any time-consuming mounting. The large hoardings that property companies use to advertise their developments were previously produced on self-adhesive vinyl and mounted on to Foamex sheets. Printing directly on to the final substrate means Pyramid can produce a consignment of boards in a fraction of the time, decreasing those all-important turnarounds. When a builder opens a marketing suite, they will need a variety of banners, flags, building wraps and hoardings and Pyramid can produce them all under one roof.

As Pyramid beta-tested the machine for eight weeks, it came with the options of orange and white, which have proved invaluable. The orange brings out the brightness of the colours and increases the gamut. The white has been used for self-clings which are viewed from both sides.

“For some time now our bigger clients have been demanding more of a package rather than just ordering products,” says Meader. “We added high resolution HP9000 and HP5500 large format printers for both indoor and outdoor graphics to our roll-to-roll machines. Now we have the Spyder V as well, we can work with our clients and turn their ideas into reality.”

Variable Data brings new business and workflow efficiencies to Image Options

VDP from Image Options

Large-format Variable Data Printing (VDP) brings new business and workflow efficiencies to Image Options

Targeted campaigns hit the mark for Image Options and its customers


  • Raise value to customers by offering a cost effective way to target varied market segments.
  • Increase competitive edge by pioneering large format variable data printing (VDP).
  • Gain efficiencies in prepress, production and distribution.


  • HP SmartStream Designer solution for innovative, cost effective versioned campaigns.
  • HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer with HP Scitex TJ Double-sided Printing Kit – For high-quality, productive printing of high-volume retail jobs on backlit media, vinyl, polystyrene, poster paper.
  • Inline automatic cutter enables timesaving finishing on nested POP and poster jobs.

Business benefits:

  • Cost-effective production of versioned campaigns prompts larger orders from existing customers and brings in new customers.
  • VDP workflow enables significant time and cost savings while improving service to customers.
    • Allows more innovative campaigns targeted to different audiences without adding production costs.
    • Reduced layout/prepress time on one regular test-marketing job by 80 percent (from 10 hours down to two) four days.
    • Prepress and layout for employee recognition campaign took three hours instead of 25 hours – an 88 percent time saving.
  • Image Options is able to print more jobs in-house vs. outsourcing to a screen printer, thanks to cost effective, high-volume printing on the HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer.

Variable data printing (VDP) is well established in small format printing, due in large part to the success of HP Indigo digital presses. When Tim Bennett, the CEO of Image Options, learned that HP was investigating bringing VDP to large-format printing, with HP SmartStream Designer, he saw it as an ideal way to advance his customers’ campaigns to the next level.

“Geo-demographic marketing in general is a big, pent-up need in large format,” he says. “For the most part, our clients were using one-size-fits-all campaigns because it was too expensive to do versioning for things like test marketing and pricing versions. I was aware of the success of the HP Indigo SmartStream Designer VDP solution and when I heard it could support large format, it just seemed logical for us and our clients to start using it as soon as possible.”

This kind of approach – of seeing beyond the boundaries of typical printing services – has been an effective success driver for Orange County, CA-based Image Options since it was founded in 1999. “A lot of people think we are in the printing business. But we’re not; we’re in the image communication business. If we can identify a solution for a problem, even if our customers don’t realise it exists, then we have an opportunity to go to a client and offer them something of real value.”

Both Image Options and its customers are seeing significant logistical benefits from its new large format VDP capabilities using HP SmartStream Designer. Image Options is enjoying a streamlined prepress process for existing jobs that used to involve setting up multiple files. Now, the designer builds a single template from their favourite Adobe InDesign software and, using the SmartStream Designer software plug-in, links it to a database to create the multiple versions, saving significant preparation time. VDP also makes packing and distribution go smoother. By tagging each print with its destination details and using the database to print labels for each individual box, it’s fast and easy to ensure the right prints are shipped to the right branch. And, at the store, the manager can immediately verify the package contains the correct signage. “The benefit is across the board,” says Bennett. “Time and cost savings, and also improved quality of service to our customers.”

VDP serves up fast food chain’s new posters in record time

Recently, using HP SmartStream Designer, Image Options produced backlit posters with 20 different price categories for 134 test stores in the Del Taco fast food chain. Each print had two price versions and all 134 stores had unique store ID numbers, to facilitate distribution. One price version was above $1 and the other below, which meant varying the dollar and cents symbols – a task easily handled by the software’s rules feature, which created the logic to parse the data.

HP Scitex TJ8500

This was a regular job that Image Options had switched from manual versioning to VDP, resulting in 10 hours of layout/prepress time being cut to approximately two hours. The 1 x 1m (40 x 40in) posters were printed on the HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer equipped with an in-line cutter – creating a highly efficient job from layout all the way to distribution.

Similarly, Image Option’s new large format VDP capabilities have transformed a quarterly employee recognition campaign for a major retailer. The first time this project was done using VDP; it involved 3600 banners of one size and 1500 of another, each of them unique. The changes included district, department name and dates, and there were seven different background themes. “We’ve produced similar campaigns for the past three years for the same retailer and it typically took in excess of 25 hours for layout and prepress,” says Bennett. “Using HP SmartStream Designer the time required to reproduce the identical job is approximately three hours.”

While Image Options is not currently charging a premium for VDP projects, being able to print versioned campaigns is nevertheless raising revenues, through larger orders from existing clients and by creating a new competitive edge that attracts new customers.

“This is an example of doing more for our customers. Being able to offer VDP makes us a better supplier, which means we’ll get more sales. It’s a way to take our clients to the next level, to keep them loyal and keep their business,” says Bennett.

“Having VDP capabilities is game changing. HP is the first to go bigger than 11 x 17in (equivalent to A3 size), and being able to bring this to our market is a big asset,” says Bennett.

Going the extra mile with VDP and HP

In addition to the kinds of campaigns described above, the HP SmartStream Designer solution can take targeted marketing campaigns far beyond the world of large format. By utilising various different mediums all designed from the same SmartStream Designer files, print service providers can create multi-application campaigns that include anything from large format posters for POS to flyers and postcards for loyalty and special offer campaigns.

German court declares EFI Victorious in important patent litigation with Durst

EFI logo

Electronics For Imaging, Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, and its superwide format printer unit VUTEk today announced victory in its German patent litigation with Durst Fototechnik Digital Technology GmbH involving EFI's VUTEk QS series printers with white ink technology.

Durst brought the lawsuit in the Mannheim Regional Court on February 27, 2007, accusing EFI's VUTEk QS series printers of infringing Durst's utility model DE 20 2005 012 179 U1. From the outset, EFI has maintained that it employed the technology in its QS printers well before Durst obtained its utility model. Under German law, a utility model is an intellectual property right to protect inventions, very similar to a U.S. patent.

The expert appointed by the Court agreed with EFI that Durst's utility model claims were not novel and lacked any inventive step. EFI argued that Durst's utility model claims were therefore invalid and that Durst's infringements claims were meritless. On Friday, the German Court announced its decision, entirely dismissing Durst's infringement claims against EFI. A written judgment detailing the dismissal is expected to be released soon.

"Along with our recent patent victory in the U.S. over Leggett & Platt earlier this month, the German court's decision reinforces EFI's position as the worldwide technology leader in superwide format printing and inks," said EFI's General Counsel Bryan Ko. "Our robust and growing of portfolio industry leading patents continue to drive the print industry's transformation from analog to digital color."

"EFI has been a leading innovator in the print industry since our founding. We are very pleased that the German courts have shined a light on Durst's false claims that it invented the technology first," added EFI's President Fred Rosenzweig. "We look forward to continuing to bring our innovative customer-focused printing solutions to our customers throughout the world."

The victory substantiates EFI's innovation and continued success in the super wide format printer market, not only in the United States, but abroad. As the worldwide leader in grand format UV printer placements, EFI will continue to deliver its innovative wide format UV printers and inks worldwide.

Tone Digital Adds Capacity with New HP Printing Solutions

HP Scitex XP5300

Company targets international sports events for business growth

Tone Digital (Pty) Ltd, of Edenvale, South Africa, has installed the country’s first HP Scitex XP5300 Printer. The printer is enabling Tone Digital to meet new demands for large format graphics and capture business from upcoming international sports events including the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Established in 2000, Tone Digital is a leading sign and display print service provider (PSP) specialising in a wide range of indoor and outdoor branding solutions from billboards and building wraps to expos and event branding.

With the five metre (16.6ft) HP Scitex XP5300 Printer, Tone Digital has increased its capacity and turnover thanks to high volume production that enables better production planning. The company can now provide a turnkey service and support demanding requests from public services as well as event companies working on the upcoming World Cup.

Gary Catterick, CEO for Tone Digital, commented, “After thorough research, we felt that HP understood our requirements for quality, productivity and versatility and we decided that the HP Scitex XP5300 Printer was the most suitable five meter solution for us. Capable of producing high quality digital prints up to 300m2/hr (3200ft2) on a wide range of substrates for various applications, the HP Scitex XP5300 will help us to support major upcoming projects.”

The World Cup represents a unique opportunity for Tone Digital to leverage its work at an international level - seen by millions of football fans throughout the world. With its new HP Scitex XP5300 and HP Designjet L65500, in addition to its HP Scitex TJ8300 and the HP Designjet 9000 Printers, the company will produce a major part of the event’s signage in conjunction with the support provided by HP South Africa.

“Sporting events can be very demanding projects and usually call for thorough planning and attention to detail. We are confident that we will achieve major successes in conjunction with HP and produce durable, high quality billboards and signage whilst ensuring a high level of productivity,” Gary concluded.

Tone Digital recently produced a campaign for an American rock group’s South African tour, printed on PVC and vinyl with HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Ink at 180m2/hr (1940ft2). With the HP Scitex XP5300, the company managed to produce the job in 24 hours, half the normal turnaround time, exceeding their client’s expectations.

Apart from the HP Scitex XP5300, Tone Digital has a new HP Designjet L65500, which utilises Latex Ink Technology and promises an environmentally responsible solution with broad industry applications. With its wide range of HP printers, the company is now able to extend its client base within the media industries.

Tone Digital has become a market leader in the local digital printing industry and produces a complete range of branding solutions in-house. Its know-how and market knowledge enables the company to work with well-known media and advertising agencies to bring their campaigns to life.