ICON Digital Productions Inc., a Toronto-area manufacturer of very large format printing, with offices in Montreal and New York, acquired Canada’s first Durst Rho 1312 UV, which is a 98-inch-wide hybrid inkjet system.
“The Rho 1312 represents Durst’s latest generation of high-speed printers – it’s definitely one [of] the fastest we looked at,” said Juan Lau, President of ICON Digital, which has been a long-time Durst user. “Plus, its hybrid architecture gives us the flexibility to do both flatbed and roll printing.”
Opened 20 years ago, ICON Digital is currently housed in a 45,000-square-foot production facility in Richmond Hill, Ontario, not far from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
The Rho 1312 reaches printing speeds of up to 6,600 square feet per hour, while handling difficult and heat-sensitive medias. It prints with 12-picolitre droplets and leverages what the company calls Gradual Flow Printing for producing smoother tones over large areas and a high-gloss finish.
“For years, speeds have been improving, and the 1312 seems to have reached speeds and image quality that’s on par with litho printing,” said Lau. “Its print quality at higher speeds means we can do less outsourcing to litho printers and keep that work in-house. Plus the Rho 1312’s ink set allows us to print on a wide variety of substrates. That’s very important to customers who are always pushing the envelope on new substrates, and it’s very important to us because it helps open brand new business opportunities.”
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