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Durst Image Technology US LLC - 10/14/2009

Durst’s Rho 500R UV Inkjet Printer Wins DPIA ‘Product of Year’ Honors As Best Grand-Format Roll Imager

For the second year in a row, a production roll-to-roll Durst Rho UV inkjet printer has received one of the most 
coveted awards that the imaging industry has to offer.  The five-meter Rho 500R Superwide Roll-to-Roll UV 
Inkjet Printer, which made its North American debut at last week’s SGIA trade show in New Orleans, was chosen 
as the Digital Printing & Imaging Association’s “Product of the Year” in the grand-format roll-to-roll UV-cured ink 
printer category.

Last year the DPIA’s “Product of the Year” award was presented to Durst for its 126”-wide Rho 320R UV Inkjet 
Roll Printer during the SGIA trade show in Atlanta.  On both occasions, Christopher Howard, Senior Vice 
President of Sales & Marketing for Durst U.S., was on hand to receive the awards during brief ceremonies at 

"All of us at Durst are extremely pleased by the recognition that these honors convey," Howard said.  "Durst’s 
tradition of excellence, in technology and in meeting the operational requirements of our customers, is clearly 
demonstrated by the fact that our products are judged to be world class year after year.  It’s very gratifying to 
see the industry taking notice, and we want to thank SGIA and all the imaging experts who took part in the 

Based on a rigorous evaluation process of printer output overseen by a respected independent quality testing 
organization, and judged on the SGIA show floor by a team of digital imaging experts commissioned by DPIA, 
the Rho 500R was judged best in the grand-format UV-curable class against all of its major competitors.  
Entrants were required to submit a test print produced on the nominated printer.  The image, designed by SGIA, 
was created specifically to challenge the capabilities of the output device, according to SGIA.

"The Product of the Year award winners highlight the best technologies, consumables and software from the 
digital imaging community," said Jeff Burton, SGIA’s Digital Printing Analyst.

The Rho 500R prints six-color, 600-dpi images on a wide variety of roll media at speeds up to 4,300 s.f./hr.  It 
also is able to print three independent images from three separate job queues at the same time to achieve high 
efficiency and handle a broader range of applications.  The printer operates unattended, uses less ink than 
comparable superwide platforms, and minimizes operational costs due to its high productivity, advanced workflow 
and remarkable versatility.  An extremely precise rail with linear motor drive system, a proven front-to-back 
registration system, along with a mesh and textile printing option combine to make the Rho 500R one of the most 
effective, economical large-format imagers ever developed, Durst said.

The Rho 500R is equipped with the latest iteration of Durst’s Quadro® 30D Array print head technology, which 
doubles the number of nozzles per color to 2,048 – the highest in its class – regulates ink temperature at the 
nozzle, and incorporates Durst proprietary Point Drop Setting ink regulation to deliver quality images at high 
speed, the company said.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association is the one organization whose sole purpose is to provide graphic 
imaging professionals with the technical know-how, expert advice and knowledge they need to operate more 
profitable businesses. For more information about SGIA and the SGIA Convention & Exposition, visit

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