Durst starts the “PREMISE” project with the Free University of Bolzano and TechnoAlpin

Brixen, Italy – 15.02.2021 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is starting the EU-funded project PREMISE with the Free University of Bozen (unibz). The manufacturer of snowmaking systems, TechnoAlpin, was selected as a further industrial partner. The project, headed by Johann Gamper, Professor and Vice Rector for Research at the Faculty of Computer Science, aims to develop a technical infrastructure with database technologies that enables predictive maintenance measures on production facilities. The project runs until July 2022 and will be extended until the end of 2022 depending on the status.
“In the PREMISE project, we are calculating appropriate algorithms that make predictions about maintenance requirements, including for sub-areas,” says Johann Gamper. “In this project, we can test technologies that we have been researching for years with our industrial partners on the basis of specific case studies and adapt them to specific requirements. We are thus contributing to technology transfer – an important mission of unibz.”
“We sell our digital printing systems worldwide and for this reason we equip them with analytics software,” says Christian Casazza, Customer Service Director of the Durst Group. “The combination of intelligent sensors and software evaluation for component and machine data forms the basis for predictive maintenance – the detection of error states or the need for service or replacement of spare parts “in advance” so that production can be adjusted accordingly. With the “PREMISE” project, we go one step further and use artificial intelligence methods to make these predictions and interventions before an emergency even more efficient and to be able to apply them even to complex, causal relationships. This is a decisive advantage, especially in times when international traffic is restricted.”
Specific sensors are built into Durst printing machines that provide information on the functioning and condition of individual components and parts. To prevent machine downtime, there are specifications and cycles for maintenance, but every printing press has different production-related factors and / or loads that affect productivity and operating times. For this reason, algorithms are required that make predictions when something will happen or maintenance in a sub-area outside the standard will be necessary. All of this serves to increase the machine availability, even in remote production locations, and to minimize or plan production downtimes.
“The PREMISE project is a further component in our vision of a smart factory, where networked infrastructures, intelligent production systems and innovative software enable an automated business process,” says Michael Deflorian, Business Unit Manager Software & Solutions of the Durst Group. “With the predictive maintenance developed in the project Framework and the machine learning techniques used will in future trigger the maintenance of the printing systems independently in order to guarantee predictable and trouble-free operation.”


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Accu-Label Invests in 20” Durst Tau RSCi

 (Rochester, NY – November 2020) – Accu-Label, a family owned label manufacturer based in Fort Wayne, IN, is preparing for further growth with the addition of the Durst Tau RSCi inkjet label printer. The Tau RSCi is the latest offering from Durst’s range of 1200 dpi RSC printers with print speeds up to 328ft/min. Accu-Label has opted for the 20” width version to maximize their productivity.

Accu-Label was co-founded 33 years ago by David Manning Jr., who started the label printing company in his garage. With the full support of his family, David Manning’s Accu-Label business was born and today operates with state-of-the-art equipment. From the beginning, Manning set his sights on providing his customers with high quality labels and superior, personalized customer service.

“Creating custom labels at Accu-Label is more than just a job for us…it’s a calling. For over 30 years, we’ve been answering that call by investing into the foundation of our business”, explains Manning. “Quality and service is the core of our business. That means giving our customers superior service and the highest quality product, with family-centered culture to back it up. We’re proud to service both local and national customers, from Fort Wayne, Indiana.”


To deliver this high level of quality and service, Accu-Label has always emphasized investing in new equipment and the best technology available to work smarter and more efficiently. When it comes to technology, they look to focus on the future, not on the past. “Positioning is everything in the label market and you have to set yourself apart from others, to stay on the cutting edge of this industry,” says Catie Manning-Ewald, Creative and Marketing Director for Accu-Label. This is why Accu-Label chose the Durst Tau RSCi to power their production offering.

Continuing the success of the 1200dpi Tau RSC, now with over 100 installations globally, the new RSCi is designed to handle medium to long run jobs from flexo while also producing high-quality short run jobs in the most economical way. The RSCi offers a range of benefits including native 1200 dpi heads and the label industry’s smallest inkjet drop size for the highest inkjet quality available today.  Accu-Label chose to add extended gamut color options, high opacity white and variable data options to expand what they can offer their customers.  The RSCi is available in 13”, 16.5” and 20” versions and while it is possible to upgrade to wider widths in the field, Accu-Label chose the 20” model to maximize their throughput and productivity from the start.

For over three decades, Accu-Label has been an industry leader investing in the latest digital and flexo printing technologies. They are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of their customers which has allowed the business continuous and tremendous growth. “With the addition of the Durst, we are looking to take our standard of digital printing, to the next level, to help us revolutionize label printing”, says DJ Manning III, Production Manager. The investment will enable Accu-Label to quickly respond to complex client demands, optimize their production processes, provide expansion into new market segments, all while meeting the high level flexo-like quality output that the company has been known for throughout its history. The Durst Tau RSCi will give Accu-Label the ability to provide better service to current customers as well as to cultivate new relationships as capabilities increase.

“We chose Durst because they really understood our business needs,” states David Manning. “Yes, speed was a big consideration, but we needed more,” Manning continues. “We are a company that is devoted to providing the best quality product and a high level of service. For us, it doesn’t matter how fast a press prints if we can’t deliver a quality product. We felt the Durst RSCi gave us both speed and exceptional quality compared to other digital printing technologies currently available on the market. We see the RSCi as the best complement to our flexo process.”

Durst appreciates the opportunity to partner with Accu-Label and is looking forward to a long relationship. Steve Lynn, Director & General Manager of New Markets, Durst North America comments that, “We are delighted that Accu-Label has selected Durst to be its platform of choice. We are very excited to be an integral part of their production process and look forward to building a working relationship built on innovation and common goals.”

Manning is confident that the Tau RSCi is the critical component to continuing Accu-Label’s expansion. He states, “Adding the Durst RSCi digital label press will be vital in meeting customer expectations and requirements, now and in the future. The speed and throughput of the Tau RSCi will really help to cultivate our customer base as well as the efficiency of our production workflow, giving us the ability to handle the longer runs that produces total cost-efficiency.”

For Accu-Label, quality remains the number one priority. As they continue to expand their business, they never lose sight of quality and consistency as the critical component. With the Durst Tau RSCi, sacrificing one for the other, will never be an issue.

About Accu-Label Inc.
Founded in 1987, Accu-Label is a family-owned label manufacturer with a focus to quality. Accu-Label continues to invest in technologies that improve their customer and vendor relationships. They strive to stay current on equipment in the printing field. The company specializes in flexo and digital labels, servicing a wide variety of markets; food and beverage, automotive, retail, industrial, and chemical companies and not-for-profit. Accu-Label’s mission is to provide excellent customer service and create labels of the highest quality. Contact Accu-Label at 888-482-5223 and online at: www.acculabel.com

About Durst

Durst Phototechnik AG is a leading manufacturer of professional digital imaging systems.  The company operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen, Italy, and Lienz, Austria, and has major offices in North America, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Singapore.  Durst’s reputation for quality, precision, innovation, sustainability and reliability spans more than 80 years.

For information on Durst Image Technology U.S., LLC or any of Durst’s products and services, contact Christopher Guyett, Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

Phone: 585-486-0340 ext. 5270     Email: Christopher.Guyett@durst-group.com

Durst North America online at: www.durstus.com


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The Durst UVC-R air disinfection system 'Habitat' is the solution against infectious aerosols, viruses and germs.

Durst Habitat air Disinfector

The Durst UVC-R air disinfection system ‘Habitat’ is the solution against infectious aerosols, viruses and germs. As scientific studies in Europe and the USA show, aerosols are primarily the cause for the transmission of COVID-19. Durst Habitat effectively reduces the viral load indoors.

Durst Habitat is designed to reduce the viral load in indoor environments such as offices, schools, restaurants, bars, stores or banks and making the environment safer. The air disinfection system with UV-C technology is highly efficient, whisper-quiet and can be personalized for any environment.


Durst Habitat has an airflow-optimized design that  efficiently eliminates viruses like COVID-19. The continuously drown-in infectious air is guided past several UV-C light sources via mirrored channels. The fluid dynamics ensure a maximum exposure time and irradiation of the air in the channels.

Developed in Durst Labs and tested by independent, accredited European test laboratories, Durst Habitat achieves an effectiveness of >99%.



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Printed wallpaper from the web shop Bedruckte Tapete, Gifhorn, Germany

With the installation of the Durst Smart Shop and their new visualization options, bedruckte-tapete.de has pushed the door wide open into the private customer sector. In addition, the Smart Editor helps the company to expand its range of products very easily and quickly at any time.

What the company bedruckte-tapete.de does is essentially already in the company name, although the managing director Regina Waue has significantly expanded the range in recent years. Today, door foils, wall tattoos, kitchen backsplashes and various photo gifts are also part of the range offered by the service provider from Gifhorn in Lower Saxony. Apart from business customers from the range of the building of fairs and the interior decoration also ever more private customers use the offer. In the private sector in particular, a web store is the success factor par excellence, assures Regina Waue, although a web store is also an important instrument for customer loyalty in the B2B sector.

Page-Builder: a modular system for webshops

The company is already successfully using the third generation of the Durst Smart Shop and benefits from the consistent further developments of the solution. At this point, the managing director particularly highlights the functionality of the Page-Builder, which is available in the current version and truly makes the Durst Smart Shop an out-of-the-box store. “The Page-Builder is structured like a modular system. It’s very easy to create or adapt new pages via drag-and-drop. This has helped us a lot to optimize the entire web store and here especially to increase the user-friendliness for our customers from the private sector.” The project was implemented without external service providers such as web designers or IT specialists, as Regina Waue assures. “With a little graphic flair, you can design a professional webshop with the page builder, and Durst’s support was always there to help us with technical questions.”

Smart editor with powerful 3D visualization tool

Customers can upload their own images via the integrated Smart Editor and get an idea of how the image will look in the desired size in a predefined environment such as a living room, bathroom or kitchen. This applies to about 90 percent, with the rest drawing on various databases such as Adobe Stock or Pattern Design. The customer defines the format in the Smart Editor, specifies the section of the image or graphic and can place any text. A small but very useful tool in daily practice is the analysis of the image quality. At a glance, the customer can see whether the resolution is sufficient for the selected format or not. Finally, a 3D visualization tool conveys how the product will then look in concrete terms. “With this type of 3D visualization, we can lower the inhibition threshold until the actual order is placed. Since we’ve been using the new editor, the order rate in our web store has increased noticeably.” The introduction of the current version has also expanded the range of photo gifts with printed towels, which are particularly popular with private customers. “Smart Editor gives us the opportunity to easily and quickly launch a test balloon to see how the market reacts to our offer. It’s really fun!”

Legal certainty is provided

Printable PDFs are also created directly in the web store, which are then subjected to another visual check and then sent directly to the various printing systems. Of course, administrative tasks such as order confirmations, delivery bills and invoices are also created automatically by the Durst Smart Shop. An important issue that is often not given as much weight in the evaluation phase is legal security.

This aspect, too, was carefully thought out and neatly set up by Durst. The templates are prepared for the necessary legal security and only need to be filled with the appropriate content. All the points listed make the Durst Smart Shop a mature solution from Regina Waue’s point of view. “To date, I have not found a comparable solution. User-friendliness for our customers is absolutely paramount with the Durst Smart Shop. This is where you very quickly reach the limits with other solutions.”

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Demonstration of LC350 brand new design laser die cutter

See the demonstration of LC350 brand new design laser die cutter – the perfect solution for short runs, and when you need to deliver your labels on the same day. The machine offers complex label finishing with superior cut quality, varnishing and spot varnishing with the SmartFlexo flower style module, as well as lamination, cold foil, web slitting with automatic positioning knife system, dual rewind and more. GM – Converting Made Easy!

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Estudios Durero relies on Durst’s experience to give true artistic value to José Manuel Ballester’s reinterpretation of Picasso’s Guernica.

Brixen, Italy – 15/01/2021 – A world-famous painting reworked by celebrated Spanish photographer and artist José Manuel Ballester and printed by Durst is the star attraction at a special exhibition. For the first time, a modified Guernica – originally painted by artist Pablo Picasso – has been printed full-size using advanced digital printing and production technologies from Durst.

Mr. Ballester has achieved international recognition for his special art of interpreting famous paintings by eliminating humans and animals. Guernica is a 1937 oil painting on canvas recognized as one of the best-known works of Picasso, who died in 1973. It is regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history.

Mr. Ballester’s work, “Around Guernica, 2009/2020”, is an emptied version of Picasso’s painting that conveys an updated look at the historical event and human tragedy. It is now a centerpiece at the exhibition, “2020/03/15 José Manuel Ballester”, in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, showing Bilbao city during the lockdown. The exhibition, which also includes a selection of large-format photographs that reflect Bilbao’s deserted streets and spaces, is open until 21 February 2021.

With “Around Guernica”, Ballester adds a new artwork to the project that began more than 10 years ago, when he decided to investigate the architectural and natural spaces that surround the stories of some of the most important works in history, such as “The Meninas” or “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. During the lockdown last spring, the artist received special permission to move around the deserted city of Bilbao and capture incredible landscapes and images never seen before.

These images were the first step of a project in collaboration with Estudios Durero and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which culminated in a photographic exhibition, publication of a book, and the first reproduction and exhibition of “Around Guernica” to the public. In this way, Ballester adds an artwork to the Hidden Spaces project, which includes some of the transcendental and universal themes for the human being. Along with his proposal “May 3, 2008”, “Around Guernica, 2009/2020” addresses the nonsense of human violence and wars, but on this occasion, Ballester maintains a “living” element: the flower that was already shown in the original painting, and it symbolizes hope, also for these difficult times that we have had to live.


In this context, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao approached long-standing Durst customer Estudios Durero, a company that “imagines, creates and develops new forms of graphic production”, to print the reworked Picasso on a unique, hand-woven linen material with special white coating supplied by the museum, especially for the assignment. It had a total dimension of 3.5 x 7.8 meters.

Estudios Durero and Mr. Ballester spent a day in the Customer Experience Center at the Durst headquarters in Brixen, Italy, with the goal to print the Picasso Guernica interpretation on a Durst Rho 512 six-color machine. And they only had one chance – the available material was sufficient for only one print run, which meant no test print on the final material was possible.

“It has been a true honor for us and for Durst to develop this special project together with José Manuel Ballester and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao,” said the owner of Estudios Durero, Ander Soriano. “No other company could have done it. In Picasso’s original work and in Ballester’s reinterpretation, the painting only uses a very wide range of grays and a very high resolution in all its shades, so the print quality must be exceptionally high to offer a true value to its reproduction. And that would have been impossible without the Durst Rho 512 6 C ”.

With reference to Durst, Mr. Ballester said: “In order to launch this project, in this context, we have had many collaborators. Having the best technology to make this possible was a privilege.”

Rafael Carbonell, Managing Director, Durst Iberica, said: “Estudios Durero has been a loyal customer and it was a real honor for Durst to support the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in this special project. When you are printing only black, gray, and white the quality needs to be exceptionally high to give arts its true value.”

Christian Harder, Durst Group’s Head of Graphics, said: “In conjunction with Durst Iberica, we were extremely proud and delighted to welcome Mr. Ballester and Mr. Soriano to our global headquarters where they were able to witness first hand our world-class facilities and technology. The unique linen materials were specially prepared for this art print. In reality that meant one chance, no test printing. And the results speak for themselves. The visitors to the museum exhibition have been amazed at the outstanding print quality.”

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PRINTING United: Durst Group Wins 7 Product of the Year Awards

Brixen, Italy – 10/21/2020 – Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, announced today that Durst and Vanguard won a combined seven (7) 2020 Product of the Year awards. The most in the history of the company, and a reflection of the new combined Durst Group organization product depth and reach.

“The PRINTING United Awards together with our acquisition of Vanguard and our investment in LiftERP further confirm the Durst Group as a powerhouse in the US Graphics Industry”, said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “We look forward to offering the new expanded portfolio worldwide in 2021 and further expanding our leading position in the global LFP market.”

The following products won 2020 Product of the Year:

  • Durst Rho 2500: UV/Latex Hybrid (> $500K)
  • Durst Rhotex 325: RTR Dye Sublimation on Textile (> $100K)
  • Vanguard VDR5-E: Flatbed/Hybrid UV/Latex (< $100K)
  • Vanguard VKM600T: Flatbed/Hybrid UV/Latex ($100K-$200K)
  • Vanguard VK300HS: Flatbed/Hybrid with White UV/Latex ($200K-$500K)
  • LiftERP: Workflow/MIS/CRM
  • Durst Workflow: Software – RIP

Tim Saur, President of Durst North America stated, “As a Durst Group we essentially won in every price segment available to print providers in the market.” He continued, “Through the talent of our incredible engineering group in Europe, and the design capability of the entire Vanguard team in Atlanta, it is no surprise to me we won so many product awards.”

PRINTING United Alliance brings together companies from all over the world in the specialty imaging and print industry. This annual competition showcases the highest quality machines and most innovative advances within the wide format color printing industry.


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Wagner Labels makes “substantial investment” in Durst solutions

Aussie labelling company, Wagner Labels, has purchased the Durst Tau 330 RSC E and its converting equipment in a “substantial investment” worth well over $1 million.

The investment makes Wagner Labels a new customer for Durst and is the first Tau RSC E installation in Australasia.

Durst Pacific labels and package printing sales manager Paul Sanelli told Sprinter that Wagner Labels made this “substantial investment” in converting equipment, flexo and digital press to improve its business operations.

“The main agenda for Wagner Labels was to increase the capacity of its digital offering and to expand into new markets,” he said.

“For us, as a company, it means that we’ve secured another important client – someone that is established and has been in business for more than 80 years. From a Durst perspective, we know that he’s thorough in his assessment of solutions in the market but chose the Tau as the product to take his business to the next level.

“It’s also an acknowledgement by a well-respected label house that Durst’s pre-sales, sales and post-sales structure has met the requirements of the business.”

Sanelli also mentioned that the Tau is a fully scalable system, enabling Wagner Labels to upgrade the solution in width, colours and speed without a forklift.

“So, for on the field upgrades, if they have a capacity issue, they can upgrade the Tau instead of running a second shift or having to purchase a separate unit. They’ll get a 40 per cent productivity increase just by scaling the system,” he said.

Wagner Labels managing director John Galea said the features of the Tau impressed him and was the reason behind the purchase.

“We were looking for speed and quality, and we felt that with the options out there that the Tau provided the best solution. Its resolution – 1200 by 1200 dpi – is probably one of the best in the market now,” he said.

“We have been dominating as a label printer and have been looking into moving into the packaging space, so the Tau gears us up for that space. The purchase was for expansion, not replacement, so it complements the other solutions that we use.”

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Pennsylvania shop 3D-prints tools, saving CNC machining time

People have been using metal injection molding (MIM) and metal sintering for decades to produce high-volume, net-shape parts for various industrial sectors. Automakers and agricultural equipment manufacturers rely on powdered metal (PM) parts for exhaust systems, camshaft assemblies, and structural components, for example, while MIM is used for everything from pistol slides to the table trays on commercial aircraft.

Someone who can tell you all about PM applications is Nate Higgins, plant manager for Alpha Precision Group’s MIM division, who noted that the St. Marys, Pa., company’s three divisions have more than 50 years of combined experience servicing these and other markets.

What intrigues Higgins the most right now, though, are several entirely novel ways of processing PM. One of them—additive manufacturing (AM)—already has produced significant benefits for him and his manufacturing team, with more to come as they expand their new capabilities to APG’s customer base.

In July 2018 APG purchased a Studio System 3D printer from Desktop Metal Inc. It does not print with loose metal powders like those used to make PM and MIM parts. Instead, its feedstock is metal rods impregnated with a binder material, which the system extrudes into the desired shapes in a manner similar to that of fused deposition modeling printers. Unlike FDM, however, parts printed on a Studio System require post-build debinding and sintering, processes with which APG is intimately familiar.

Higgins does not anticipate using the system for customers’ parts, however. “I’m a little critical of the dimensional accuracy and surface finish, in that neither are on par with what APG can accomplish with MIM,” he said. “And while it might be a very viable solution for shops making prototypes and low-volume end-use parts, I have to say that we’re awfully good at tooling up for MIM. So by the time you tweak the build settings to meet the required part tolerances and then finish-machine any critical surfaces, we can probably deliver actual MIM parts instead.”

Tooling Up

What he is using the Studio System for, and with excellent results, is 3D-printing tooling components for APG’s extensive machine shop.

“Chuck jaws is a big one, but we also make a lot of inspection gauges, coining and sizing dies, fixtures, and jigs, as well as lightweight end-effectors for our 6-axis robots,” said Technical Sales and Operations Manager Chris Aiello. “It’s given us the ability to test multiple design iterations quickly, with minimal investment in raw material and without having to tie up one of our CNC machines. Perhaps most importantly, it’s made us very flexible, and helps us to service our customers more effectively.”

The notion of 3D-printing end-of-arm tooling is particularly interesting for any shop looking to automate. Said Higgins, “We’ve had to make some fairly significant design changes to accommodate the additive manufacturing process, but, long story short, we’ve reduced the weight of the end effectors by around 30%, so it’s much easier on the robots. We’ve also developed some part geometries that would have been impossible to produce with traditional processes, and because we have the ability to print whatever we need in-house, there’s never the risk of unplanned downtime.”

Aiello added that the Studio System isn’t APG’s first foray into additive—not by a long shot. The company bought a Mark One continuous-fiber printer from Markforged in 2014, and today it has five 3D printers from the Massachusetts-based equipment manufacturer, including an Industrial series printer, all of which serve the machine shop.

“Between the Markforged machines and now the one from Desktop Metal, we can print tools from carbon-fiber reinforced nylon, fiberglass, Kevlar, and a variety of tool steels and have them on the shop floor in a day or two,” Aiello said. “It’s been a big improvement for us.”

Manufacturing engineers at Alpha Precision designed and 3D-printed this mechanical assembly used to tighten and loosen Allen bolts on a workholding fixture fitted to a vertical machining center. Image provided by APG

Next Step

Despite the success APG has enjoyed with its existing 3D printing equipment, Aiello and Higgins suggested that the path forward for the company is another new AM technology, one that will take 3D printing out of the machine shop and onto customers’ receiving docks.

It’s called binder jetting, and although the two managers are still exploring available options, they plan to bring binder jet capacity in-house during the second quarter of 2020.

“Probably 90% or more of our 3D-printed parts are currently for internal use,” Aiello said. “We plan to change that ratio as we move into binder jetting, which produces high-quality, fully dense metal parts much more quickly than competing technologies like DMLS [direct metal laser sintering] and SLS [selective laser sintering].”

Higgins agreed, adding that one of the coolest things about 3D printing is how it changes your way of thinking. “Bringing in the Studio System from Desktop Metal, for instance, has allowed our manufacturing engineers to think differently about their tooling designs and process flows,” he said. “Beyond that, it helps to secure the future of APG. AM is an extremely flexible technology and can be applied across a wide range of applications, a wide range of customers. So even though some in the MIM and PM industry might see it as a threat, we see 3D printing as a promising new opportunity and as providing us with a distinct leg up on our competition. For us, at least, there’s no going back.”

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