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Durst: innovation in Digital Label Printing; the company launches the new Tau 330 Digital UV-Inkjet Label Printing Press.

Durst, the leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing equipment after the initial launch of the UV inkjet based label press Tau 150 8C at Labelexpo 2010 in Chicago, followed by multiple installations in Europe and Nord America, announces the launch of the new Tau 330 at the upcoming DRUPA 2012 (Hall 6, Booth C60) where the new press will be showcased first time.


The new Tau 330 features a print width of 330 mm and a printing speed of max. 48 linear meters (157 lin. Ft) per minute, reaching thereby an industry-leading hourly production capacity of 950 m². Its standard color configuration CMYK can be completed with optional white and two optional process colors Orange and Violet (availability late 2012), essential for label applications that require precise pantone color matching. Furthermore, the standard configuration also includes industry-leading RIP software with built-in substrate management and color management.


Tau 330 is available in 2 print width: Tau 330 with print width up to 330 mm and the more economic version Tau 330/200 with print width up to 200 mm.


“Best in class” image quality is achieved thanks to Durst’s proprietary Single Pass UV Inkjet Technology, featuring Xaar 1001 print heads with a physical printing resolution of 720x360 dpi with drop on demand, variable drop size and grayscale technology that results in an apparent image resolution of over 1,000 dpi.

Also on display will be the high speed Tau

330 Variable Data Print option with “insetter” functionality to print on pre-die-cut or pre-printed labels, thus allowing full label-to-label variability as well as “late stage versioning” applications at highest printing speeds of the Tau press.


Another important feature are Durst’s highly durable UV inks, especially important for label converters who often need to supply product identification labels as UL / cUL recognised components for labelling of consumer Electronic Equipment (e.g. computers, printers), Cellular, communication equipment (e.g. telephones), Garden Equipment (e.g. lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners) Power Tools (e.g. electric drills, sanding machines) where in all cases the label identification system must be durable for the lifetime of the product. The Durst Tau UV inks and 3M media combinations jointly carry PGJI2 recognition simplifying the UL recognition for converters who currently need to maintain their own ink registrations with UL for many of the traditional press ink applications. An in-line Corona Unit is available for on-board surface treatment of substrates to optimize print quality and ink adhesion.


Durst’s CEO, Dr. Richard Piock, commented: “Beside our well recognized white ink with very high opacity and the 2 additional process colors for high pantone color coverage, the new Tau 330 with its greatly expanded print width offers very high size flexibility and at the same time an industry-leading production capacity, two additional and important features which will be source of competitive advantage for our future customers”.