Durst Group expands P5 family with automation, flexibility, speed, software, services and sustainability
Brixen, Italy – May 23, 2023 – Durst Group, manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, today unveiled its expanded P5 portfolio at FESPA in Munich, Germany, under the motto “360° Production Excellence”. The motto refers to the company’s evolution from a pure press manufacturer to a systems provider that combines all aspects of digital production such as automation, flexibility, speed, software, services and sustainability.
“Digital large format printing is the core competence of the Durst Group and our success with our P5 printing systems illustrates this,” said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “This year, we have expanded our P5 portfolio by 360° and aligned it with current market requirements. We are convinced that our solutions will help our customers to sustainably increase profitability through efficiency and state-of-the-art production technology.”
Durst P5 Robotics – Next level of automation
Following the introduction of the P5 Automat, an automated feeder/stacker system for flatbed printing, Durst is igniting the next stage of automation with P5 Robotics for flexible and continuous production cycles with long run times. At the heart of P5 Robotics is the flagship P5 350 HS D4 hybrid printing system, whose feeder/stacker unit is formed by two Kuka robots to handle the unmanned production of a complete shift. The robots, modified and programmed by Durst, can pick up media from different pallets with a height of up to 180 cm, feed them and stack them again separately. In the process, the printed media can also be turned 180° for reverse-side printing and fed into a second printing system. P5 Robotics can also be expanded with third-party solutions or finishing systems.
Durst P5 350 HSR: Fastest roll-to-roll printing system
Durst’s high-performance hybrid printing system, the Durst P5 350 HS, is joined by its ultra-fast counterpart for roll-to-roll applications, the P5 350 HSR. The P5 HSR high-speed 3.5-meter LED roll-to-roll printer achieves print speeds of up to 670 m2 per hour and can be equipped with an optional master roll. This can feed rolls weighing up to 1,000 kg and 635 mm in diameter, enabling long production cycles without interruption. Flexibility and versatility are included here and the printing system can be equipped as D4 with double CMYK. For printing mesh and perforated material, Durst P5 350 HSR offers ink dust-free processing with the integrated Mesh Printing System. The solution also enables easy and fast material changeover, which can be accomplished by a single operator. Efficiency can be further increased via optional vertical and horizontal cutting units, which operate in parallel with the printing process.
Durst Software: Integration of P5 printing systems into production
Durst has invested heavily in software development in recent years and now offers a 360° portfolio for all aspects of the printing process. For example, Durst currently uses its Analytics software to monitor more than 900 printing systems that are in production at customers sites in order to ensure the continuous availability of the printing systems with preventive maintenance measures. Over 600 print service providers also use Durst Workflow for their prepress and print preparation steps, and 150 Smart Shops are in use at web-to-print providers to enable seamless connection from the web store to production. In Europe, 45 LiftERP solutions have now also been installed to bring together all relevant business processes such as warehouse management, logistics and accounting with print production.
Durst software solutions are modular in design and offer customers a wide range of entry and expansion options, right up to fully integrated smart factories.
Durst Services: Available in 80 countries
The constant availability of digital printing systems in customers’ production facilities is a key success factor for the Durst Group. For this reason, Durst Services is available in more than 80 countries worldwide to provide proactive customer service.With Durst Analytics, Durst Services also offers remote monitoring to ensure professional spare parts supply including consignment solutions to connected printing systems. Durst Services provides customers with customized training concepts (online, hybrid and onsite) to make the respective production efficient and the total cost of ownership transparent with flexible service contract offers.
Durst Group – the Good Company: much more than reducing the CO2 footprint.
It is a matter of course for Durst to use the latest technology to sustainably reduce its carbon footprint. In addition to the commissioning of photovoltaic systems at its production sites in Brixen and Lienz, which generate at least 50% of the annual energy requirement or 2,200 MW/h, all buildings are equipped with state-of-the-art building and energy technology.
In addition, the Durst Group has received its first Ecovadis certification and will continue to improve processes based on this. In terms of printing systems, Durst offers water-based ink systems for a wide range of applications, energy-saving LED drying and heat recovery modules in the large-format printing sector. Ink saver and automated prepress functions also enable resource-saving production. In addition, Durst is involved in many initiatives in the LFP market to further develop the sustainability potential for itself and its customers. And last but not least, 97% of “Durst`ler” (Durst employees) think that Durst is an excellent place to work. Customers also benefit from this motivation, because behind every Durst printing system there is great passion and a good dose of positive stubbornness. This is cultivated via a corporate environment that is positive for employees, with many additional benefits such as hybrid working time models, the company’s own lounge and restaurant, gym and much more.