UK converter The Label Makers has successfully completed beta testing of its 8-color Tau 330 RSC inkjet label press from Durst.
After winning major new contracts – including a six-figure deal with a major food brand – during beta testing, the company, known as Labmak, is now looking to invest in a second Tau 330 RSC machine.
‘It’s unbelievable photographic quality,’ said David Webster, managing director of Labmak. ‘The future of label production is here – and it’s inkjet. Installing the Tau 330 RSC has been a huge step forward for us. It has massively grown from our original expectations and we now have three Durst machines.’
He continued: ‘This press runs at a phenomenal printing speed of 78m a minute all the time with no slowing down, virtually no waste and is litho quality with a print resolution of 1200 x 1200dpi. Plus, the addition of the extra color green means we can cover 98 percent of Pantone shades. The Durst Tau 330 RSC is also much more cost-effective because it is using far less ink, but still maintaining the incredible print quality.’
Webster, who estimates at least 2.5 million linear meters will be printed on the Durst Tau RSC in its first year of commercial operation, added: ‘The print quality means that we can look for more sophisticated work, particularly as we are finding it far easier to hit everybody’s brand color. As one example, we were actually approached by a major food brand that has led to a new contract that will be worth around GBP £150,000 in the first year. Others will follow. We couldn’t be doing all this without Durst, a company that has been an incredibly supportive partner with fantastic technology.’
Helmuth Munter, segment manager, Durst Label & Package Printing, said: ‘This long-standing relationship with Labmak is a true partnership. We’ve helped them open up new business lines and the Labmak team’s feedback in the beta test has provided valuable insights to make this product even more successful. We now have more than a dozen installations throughout the world, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg because many new orders are coming in. The Durst Tau 330 RSC’s combination of unmatched printing speed and printing quality is a business-winning solution.’
Durst’s Tau 330 RSC press features 330mm (13in) print width combined with print speed of up to 78 linear meters/min (245ft/min) at 1200 x 1200 dpi. The press achieves a production capacity of 1.485sqm per hour.