Tau RSCi label printer
Upgraded: The Durst Tau RSCi label printer

At Labelexpo Americas, Durst has announced major upgrades to its Tau RSCi label printer.

The company has added a ninth white channel as well as two integrated flexo stations to the RSCi.

Dan Mantel, technical sales manager for Durst Oceania, is at the show in Chicago, USA. He believes the new features will expand the appeal of the RSCi to a broader range of label converters.

He says, “The Tau RSCi label printer 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 linear metres per minute to 80 linear metres per minute with the fastest white in the market without using any more ink.

“The Tau RSCi now has the option to be equipped with two flexo stations. One is before and one is 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 lineaar metres per minute.”

A digital solution for IML labels

Martin Leitner, labels product manager at Durst, says, “With these improvements, we can now produce in-mold labels for very big buckets, for example, 25 litre paint buckets. 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 51cm 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.

“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. These are 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 or soap labels; they have requested more productivity on the white. This is another strong feature where we see ourselves again leading the innovation in the market.”

“Five years ago at Labelexpo, we started 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.”

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