The coronavirus pandemic has changed the needs of consumers worldwide and the demands on label production. On the one hand, label converters must be able to deliver long runs in the shortest possible time to keep the entire supply chain running. On the other, they must cope with many more short runs. In addition, an increasing number of brands and end customers are demanding environmentally-friendly label production.
As a result, label converters need tools and processes that allow them to quickly adapt to these changes. They need operator-friendly digital presses that produce reliably, fast and cost-effectively short to long runs and allow the minimisation of waste, ink and power consumption.
To address these market demands Durst has updated its Tau RSC platform and further improved the successful Tau 330 RSC and Tau 330 RSC E presses for short and medium runs. Even various Tau RSCi solutions for hybrid printing and inline processing can be offered now, thanks to the expansion of the product range with various partners.
Durst presented the extended Tau RSC printer portfolio in its new cross-platform design at an online event, ‘All you need is RSC’. New features for highly flexible, high-quality yet cost-effective digital label printing from short to long runs were introduced on the updated Tau 330 RSC and a Tau 510 RSCi with integrated flexo stations at the Durst Customer Experience Center in Brixen, Italy.
As shown in the online presentation, the Durst Tau RSCi can be configured with optional flexo stations – before and/or after the digital print unit. Therefore, challenging materials can be used by adding a primer or combination printing between flexo and UV inkjet. By printing white over with the post-press flexo station, more applications can be added to the press.
The user-friendly flexo stations fit to the available printing widths of 330, 420 or 510mm of the Tau RSCi and are equipped with a slide in/out carriage to aid loading and unloading of the ink pan, pick-up and anilox roller. With the new flexo stations, Durst again unlocks potential new profitable business scenarios for its customers.
A new Ink Save Mode allows Tau RSC platform users to reduce ink costs by an average of 12% on a CMYK press. This cost-effectiveness boost will enable more jobs to be shifted to digital production. The operator can choose if he wants to print either in best match mode or with the special save ink mode. Then, the Durst Workflow Label software utilises image analysis to analyse the print job and replaces the original colour combination with an alternative one, with the goal of less ink consumption and minimal visual change in the label appearance.
The intelligent software now also includes a new automatic maintenance feature to avoid downtime and reduce service costs. Automatic cleaning of the print heads is carried out contact-free by the integrated maintenance unit, which also prevents possible damage. The process is intelligently controlled and smoothly integrated into the ongoing print operation.
With this new function, availability increases, a better and stable print quality is achieved due to the overall printhead condition, and less ink is wasted because almost no more purging cycles are needed. Last, but not least, Durst equips every new Tau RSC / RSCi printer model with additional IT security hardware. The operator needs to actively turn a safety key to allow access from outside of the machine.
These new developments are also available as a retrofit for existing Tau 330 RSC and RSC E customers, providing additional value to already-installed presses. Worldwide Durst has over 250 Tau installations, of which close to 130 comprise Tau RSC platforms, with many clients owning multiple machines that print in an industrial environment 24/7 in three shifts per day.
Thomas Macina, Durst Group’s new Global Sales Manager for Labels & Flexible Packaging, said: “All our customers can count on Durst’s innovation and the continuous development of RSC technology as a platform for continued successful growth in the label and packaging printing industry.”
This is the link to a recording of the event.