|The Durst Rho 1000, one of the most impressive UV printing machines|
The Durst Rho 1000 is the most sophisticated and impressive UV combo flatbed printer machine at FESPA. And again at SGIA 2009, frankly I found the Durst more impressive than the Inca Onset S20.
First, the Durst Rho 1000 is fast. The carriage goes once over the material and then a second time while the material is still moving. I will need to ask whether it is printing during both passes or only printing in one pass and then curing in the second pass.
Specs and Price:
The idiom in America, is “built like a Mack Truck” or “built like a tank.” In the USA, in the 1960's to 1970's, the Mack was the macho 16-wheeler truck. The Durst Rho 1000, however, has more European sophistication than either a Mack Truck or a tank.
I will need to inspect the Durst Rho 1000 close-up, to see the print quality. Some aspects of the speed remind me of the GRAPO Shark. Both the Rho 1000 and the Shark are significantly better quality than anything that NUR built.
It is not yet clear how many printheads are in each color bar (whether it is one-pass fixed array, page array printheads). All this will become better known when the presentation is made.
Durst Rho 1000 demonstrates that the combo flatbed system has advantages
Every structure has advantages: dedicated flatbed or dedicated roll to roll. Durst is a company that has demonstrated that the moving transport belt has advantages over a dedicated flatbed-only concept (Gandinnovations would be a flatbed-only concept and none of their printers are intended for fast production in a conveyor-belt type of situation). The HP Scitex FB7500 is reported by people who have looked at it not to be as high a quality output as the Rho 1000.
As soon as it is possible to do demo testing on the Durst Rho 1000, I can update this page.
*The figures here are the equivalent in US$ in Nov. 2011, but prices for the USA are not necessarily the equivalent in US$ of the official price in Euros.
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