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Durst unveils new features and hybrid options for Tau RSC

Label Solutions

Durst has announced the extended Tau RSC printer portfolio in its new cross platform design. New features for highly flexible, high quality yet cost effective digital label printing from short to long runs have been introduced on the updated Tau 330 RSC and a Tau 510 RSCi with integrated flexo stations.

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 to minimise waste, ink and power consumption.

To address these market demands Durst has updated its Tau RSC platform and further improved the successful 330 RSC and 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.

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 510 mm 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.

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 printheads 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, an overall better and stable print quality is achieved due to the overall better 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.


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