The Label Makers has bought a second Durst Tau 330 RSC inkjet label press to join the machine that was the original beta machine.
The UV press is delivering “unbelievable photographic quality” according to managing director David Webster. It is certainly good enough to match or better flexo. “We do now have supermarket chains who are requesting the jobs be printed inkjet rather than flexo because of the vibrancy of the colours, the screen effect of the inks and the perfect print registration.
“Previously we were using the Durst presses for the personal care markets. Now we are producing everything from food labels through to high quality wines and spirits on the Tau RSC.”
The second press arrived earlier this month and replaces the first Durst Tau 330 that the company bought. The beta machine for the RSC version, announced at Labelexpo in 2017, increased print throughput to 78m/min, lifted imaging resolution to 1200dpi and added a green ink to allow the gamut to match 92% of the Pantone range. It was shipped to LabMak after the event.
The latest press amounts to a 60% increase in inkjet capacity at the Bradford business. More importantly having identical presses enables each to act as back up and increases the flexibility of the business.
“Customer requirements are changing constantly,” says Webster. “In this market label delivery dates now typically get changed hourly, not even on a daily basis, so we have to have flexibility of printing on either machine or even transferring work from flexo. Durst Workflow software enables us to manipulate files press side, so jobs can be tweaked immediately without sending the file back to the studio, which could easily take up to 20 minutes. Any changes are now done in five minutes. It’s a major time saver.”
The business retains MPS flexo presses as well as a Xeikon toner press. The inkjet machines do not yet print metallics and reels are fed into an offline Digicon for finishing while flexo runs inline finishing.