Durst launches all-in-one 3.3m dye sub printer

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Durst is launching a new technology to produce enitre soft signage printed jobs all in one machine, with the new P5 TEX iSUB inline sublimation system.

All in one dye sub printing: Durst P5 TEX iSUB
All in one dye sub printing: Durst P5 TEX iSUB

The new P5 TEX iSUB eliminates the separate steps in fabric printing, and does away with the need for separate calendering machine. It also has an integrated finishing unit, which can be used to sew and stitch media.

Describing the new system as “a milestone for sublimation printing”, Durst said the elimination of individual work steps results in a significant increase in quality and efficiency for the user.

It is based on the successful P5 platform, with a maximum print width of 3.3 meters. At the heart of the Durst P5 TEX iSUB is the integrated inline fusing for direct printing on polyester fabrics. The advantages of this one-step process are obvious, explains Andrea Riccardi, head of product management, Durst Group, who says, "No investment and no floor space is required for a calender. The Durst P5 TEX iSUB is operated by only one operator, and the process acceleration also increases our customers' ability to deliver."

The P5 TEX iSUB is not limited to direct printing, transfer papers can also be printed and further processed in the usual way. Durst says it is the combination of both processes in one system that gives users “enormous flexibility”.

The abbreviation iSUB stands for inline sublimation. The maximum print speed is 383sqm per hour when the 330 cm print format is fully utilised. Access to two rolls via the Multiroll option makes changing materials easier. The Dualroll option allows two rolls with a width of 1.6 meters to be printed.

According to Durst the Sublifix dye sublimation ink it developed delivers vivid colors, even on difficult media such as blackback or backlit for light boxes or flags. The P5 Text iSUB is its innovative contactless fusing. Durst says the iSUB contactless technology ensures “excellent colour consistency” as well as sharpness of detail in images and text, and it says blurring or bleeding of colour is “virtually eliminated”.

A wide range of applications can be implemented with the P5 TEX iSUB. One example is decorative fabrics with strong, brilliant colours and exact reproduction of details. Another are flags that show good print on both sides of the material even without external calendaring. Blackback applications as well as colourful light boxes round out the spectrum while retaining the soft-touch feel. In all these applications, the Durst RIP plays a central role, with the company saying it ensures consistent colour across all media.

The soft signage market is experiencing enormous growth rates in all areas of application - from visual communication and decor to textile clothing. In the period from 2017 to 2023, the sales volume will increase by more than 60 per cent, according to a forecast by Keypoint Intelligence. Converted to absolute figures, the market will grow globally from around $19.2bn in 2019 to $31.4bn in two years’ time.

A number of trends can be pinpointed for this continued growth, which clearly speak in favor of the soft signage market. These include environmental friendliness through the use of water-based, odorless inks. Other user benefits include cost efficiency in logistics and low ink consumption, as well as fast project implementation and a wide range of applications.

"Durst has been active in the soft signage market since 2010, and we have been able to place over 250 systems from the Rhotex series on the market worldwide," emphasises Christian Harder, Vice President Sales, Durst Group AG.

The Durst P5 TEX iSUB is currently undergoing field testing at the Italian ABS Group, which has a long-standing partnership with the Durst Group, and has been working with a Rhotex 500 and Rhotex 325 for many years. In conjunction with the Durst P5 TEX iSUB, ABS Group benefits from the flexibility and significant process acceleration. "The Durst P5 TEX iSUB will also prove its reliability in 24/7 operation and deliver a significant increase in quality to our customers," said Andrea Riccardi. The ABS Group management also gives a positive assessment of the Durst Analytics tool, the data from which is used to network the P5 TEX iSUB with the ERP software developed in-house and thus optimise production planning and individual processes.

"The P5 TEX iSUB combines efficiency, quality and productivity at the highest level. At Durst, we are convinced that our solution will give a significant boost to the soft signage market," assures Christian Harder, vice president sales, Durst Group.

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