Durst has announced an additional ninth white channel as well as two integrated flexo stations as upgrades to its top-end TAU RSCi which the company believes is a game-changer in the category.
Durst Oceania technical sales manager Dan Mantel, told ProPack.pro that the new features will improve the appeal of the RSCi to a broader range of label converters.
“The RSCi now has the option to fit another print bar to add another row of white print heads to the arrays. You will now be able to put down the same amount of ink but at a much higher speed. It will take the RSCi from 52 LM/Min to 80 LM/Min with the fastest white in the market without using any more ink,” Mantel said.
”The Tau RSCi now has the option to be equipped with two Flexo Stations, one before and one after the Digital Print Unit. This allows us to enter into some of the more technical markets like shrink sleeves and In-Mold Labels at 510mm wide and at a maximum speed of 100 LM/Min.”
Durst labels product manager Martin Leitner provided a further explanation on the reasons for the upgrades and also said he believes these improvements will see the RSCi “revolutionise the market”.
“With these improvements, we can now produce in-mold labels for very big buckets – 25 litre paint buckets for example. IML labels for this application are 90cm or 100cm long and also wide. So we now have the perfect solution for the customer with a 20-inch wide press and we don’t have a limitation in the repeat length. So when it comes to large IML labels – there is now a digital solution on the market today – and it’s ours,” he said.
“I know many of our customers are printing shrink sleeves. Durst is now targeting this application and this will improve the productivity of our customers. It is a substitution of traditional technology and for shrink sleeve there might also be other short run digital solutions available.
“We are also offering for the first time in this model, the option for our customer to have nine colour channels – CMYK, orange, violet and green with a dual white. We have learned recently from customers in the hair care and personal care markets printing labels for products such as shampoos day-in and day-out or soap labels – they have been requesting the need for more productivity on the white. This is another strong feature where we see ourselves again leading the innovation in the market.”
Leitner also provided an update on the digital journey Durst has taken in the label sector.
“We started five years ago at Labelexpo in 2017 on our 1200 dpi journey. Since then we have sold more than 200 RSC machines. The majority of these are in the lower end with our RSC-E machine, but more and more we are seeing customers upgrading and transitioning conventional flexo work to digital on the RSCi,” he added.