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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Durst Tau 330 and Tau LFS 330 UV Digital label presses on display at Labelexpo Americas

Durst, the leader in inkjet innovation for industrial imaging applications, is at the Label Expo ’14 conference and trade show this week with its Tau LFS 330 (Laser Finishing System) UV Inkjet Digital Label Press, a complete workflow solution for digital labels and specialty packaging.  Label Expo ’14 takes place Sept. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Also on display in Durst booth #5901 is a standard-configuration Tau 330 – the world’s first UV inkjet digital imager to print on a 13-inch web.  Both utilize Durst’s unique low-migration / low-odor inks – developed for the industrial label, primary food packaging and pharmaceutical segments, but optimal for any application that will benefit from higher-quality, precise imaging.

To fully explain the capabilities of the Tau LFS 330, Tau 330 and low-migration / low-odor inks Durst hosted a press conference in the center’s Press Conference Room (#13). Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Worldwide Product Manager for Tau, and Christopher Howard, Vice President of the company’s U.S. Industrial Segment Business, was on hand to deliver remarks and answer questions. Howard also participated in a Conference Program panel discussion, titled “Inkjet Technologies:  Printing, Substrates and Inks for High-Performance Labels.” In addition, Durst conducted live demos of the Tau 330 and Tau LFS 330 each day at its Booth #5901 on the Label Expo exhibit floor.

“Our Tau LFS 330 not only brings a higher level of efficiency to the label and specialty packaging printing process – it also expands the range of applications and options you can offer to clients, which means new markets and opportunities for growth,” Howard said. “We’re very pleased to demonstrate its capabilities at North America’s premier gathering of label and packaging print providers and to explain how the Tau 330 can make significant improvements to anyone’s label printing operations.”

Tau LFS 330
Durst’s Tau LFS 330 integrates a new in-line digital laser finishing system into the Tau 330, incorporating state-of-the-art laser die cutting technology from Spartanics and a powerful 1,000-watt laser that delivers precise speed matching, automatic job changeovers and a significant reduction in waste. This permits the management of multiple jobs in a single pass and virtually uninterrupted printing for previously unattainable productivity.

While delivering high image quality output in a total digital end-to-end workflow, the Tau LFS 330 also achieves superior print and cut quality on a broad range of substrates – papers, films, polyester, polycarbonates, metalized material and more.  It offers high flexibility in terms of cutting applications – including kiss, through, perforate, engrave, mark and score. UV coating, lamination and slitting options can be added to the system for more finishing versatility.

Tau 330
The Tau 330 – the only UV inkjet digital label press on the market with a High-Definition Print Mode – is designed for short- and medium-run narrow web applications, in widths from 6.5-13.0 inches, running at print speeds up to 157 ft. per minute and delivering sharp, precise images. Production capacity can reach 10,225 square feet per hour. The capabilities of Durst’s newest label press translate into remarkable flexibility and productivity for smaller label jobs. The Tau 330 is also available in an 8-inch-wide version.

Sharp, precise, “best in class” print quality for today’s most demanding applications is made possible thanks to Durst’s proprietary single-pass UV inkjet technology featuring Xaar 1001 print heads. With its innovative drop-on-demand, variable drop size and gray scale capabilities, the Tau 330 achieves an apparent image resolution of more than 1,000 dpi.

Color configurations are virtually unlimited to cover a vast majority of requested label printing applications.  The Tau 330 prints white UV ink, which is essential for applications on transparent substrates.  Its standard color configuration CMYK can be complemented with orange and violet to provide up to 90 percent coverage of the Pantone color gamut.

The Tau 330’s UV inks are formulated for durability. This is an especially important quality for such demanding applications as product identification labels, UL recognized components, consumer electronic equipment labels, outdoor equipment and power tool labels, and any other application in which the label must perform during the whole product lifetime.