Durst launches new printing systems for large format specialists

Durst at FESPA, Munich Germany

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At FESPA 2019, Durst has launched the P5 350 and P5 210 new printing systems for large format specialists based on the P5 technology platform.

On its Stand J10, Hall B4, it is also presenting the P5 250 HS printing system, unveiled in 2018 and now further developed. In addition to the new printing systems, Durst is introducing its own modular software solutions, Durst Workflow, Durst Analytics and Durst Smart Shop, to provide customers with an automated production unit from ‘pixel to output’. The offering is completed by consulting, training and integration services of Durst Professional Services.

“P5 is Durst’s technology and innovation platform for large format specialists,” said Christoph Gamper, CEO and Co-Owner of the Durst Group. “In 2018, we set a new standard in print quality with the P5 250 HS, and, in the meantime, we developed new printer solutions to streamline processes for our customers. At FESPA 2019, we will now showcase the expanded Durst P5 portfolio with new hybrid printing systems, integrated workflow and analytics software, and optional expansion with prepress and webshop solutions.”

P5 350/210: The new versatility

With P5 350 (print width up to 3.5 m) and P5 210 (print width up to 2.1 m), Durst is expanding its P5 portfolio with two new hybrid solutions. The new printing systems set a new standard in flexibility and versatility, as they can print on both roll media and boards. With a unique multiroll option for the P5 350/210, users can even load rolls during printing to reduce setup times and increase efficiency. The printing systems are equipped with energy-efficient LED technology and are supplied with integrated Durst Workflow Print software and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. Both print systems offer the highest print quality of up to 1200 dpi, multi-track options for up to 6 parallel boards, automatic media width and thickness detection, foldable and smooth-running roller tables and a secure ink refill system. Both printing systems can be equipped with peripheral systems for ¾ automation or full automation.

P5 250/200 HS: The new productivity

With the further development of the HS-Series, the P5 portfolio offers two industrial printing systems with print widths of up to 2.5 m. The P5 250 HS and P5 200 HS feature MEMS printhead technology and achieve with 5pl highest print quality at print speeds of up to 600 m²/h. The printing systems can also print on roll media and boards and also enable sensor-controlled double-sided printing on roll media. The printing systems are also supplied with the integrated Durst Worflow Print software and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. In addition to the highest print quality of up to 1,200 dpi, the printing systems offer dualtrack options for boards and a secure ink refill system and can be equipped with peripheral systems for ¾ automation or full automation.

P5 ink systems

Durst offers four ink systems for the P5 printing systems: Durst Rigid LED Ink, Durst Roll LED Ink, P5 Premium WG Ink, P5 POP HS Ink. All ink systems benefit from large color gamut, high system stability, a wide variety of applications and low ink consumption.

Durst Software Ecosystem

All P5 printing systems are equipped with the new production software solution Durst Workflow Print and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics. This makes the printer a solid production unit from day one. It also offers a scalable solution for integrating eCommerce with the Durst Smart Shop. All Durst software can be modularly extended and managed via a web-based user interface.

Durst Professional Services GmbH subsidiary, offers its customers extensive consulting, training and integration services around the new Durst software solutions to unleash the full potential of process automation and digitization.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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