Durst P5 Series Printers Are Engineered for Efficiency
A lot has happened since Durst introduced the P5 350 hybrid roll-to-roll/flatbed UV printer at the PRINTING United Expo in 2019, Larry D’Amico, director of sales for Durst North America, said during an in-booth press conference. The P5 350 printer was the first to be developed with Durst’s innovative P5 integrated technology platform. Adopting a standardized platform for developing large-format inkjet printers has enabled Durst engineers to innovate more quickly in the design and development of other models of Durst printers for different types of production environments.
The market has validated the P5 approach, D’Amico said, because “We have sold hundreds of these units.” The P5 platform helps Durst be more efficient in service, parts, and training.
Three P5 large-format printer models are being demonstrated in the Durst booth, along with the four software modules in the Durst Software Suite: Durst Smart Shop, Durst Workflow, Durst Analytics, and Lift ERP.
The Durst P500i is a 5.25m roll-to-roll printer that offers the high-throughput capability of a superwide printer. For jobs that don’t require printing on a single roll up to 213" wide, the 500i can be set up to simultaneously print images on two or three rolls of media, even if the rolls aren’t the same width or diameter.
The P5 350HS D4 hybrid roll-to-roll/flatbed printer is for space-limited shops that need to efficiently produce both rolls and boards up to 3.5m wide. The D4 uses two sets of CMYK inks to produce over 7,600 sqft/hr in two-pass mode. To reduce changeover time from roll to rigid materials, the roller tables that hold printed rigid substrates don’t require roll media to be unloaded first. When the roll tables aren’t in use, they can be folded down to save space.
The Durst P5 Tex iSub dye sub printer for soft signage and fabrics can print either on transfer paper or directly to fabric. The fixation unit required for direct-to-fabric printing is built in-line with the printer to create a one-step process. Engineered to eliminate blurring or bleeding of colors, the fixation unit on the P5 Tex iSub provides excellent color consistency and sharp images and text.
Eileen Fritsch is a Cincinnati-based freelance journalist who has covered the evolution of wide-format digital printing for more than 20 years. Contact her at email@example.com.