KDV has installed a Durst Tau RSCi, a 17-inch UV inkjet printer designed for mid- to long-run jobs, transitioning from flexographic label printing to high-speed digital printing.

The company sees the opportunity to operate short-run jobs more economically, with the machine being equipped with a chill roller and jumbo winders, which sustains quality at high speeds. The machine is said to be capable of print quality up to 1200dpi and can run up to speeds of 262ft/min.

‘We were looking for a high-speed digital press to fit with the efficiencies in production we’ve developed over the past five decades,’ said Ken Robinson, vice president of operations at KDV. ‘The Durst RSCi checked all the boxes and not only fits but enhances our production model and the way we can serve customers.’

A comprehensive assessment of the different digital printer options on the market was completed by KDV, evaluating each option’s speed, cost of operation, uptime and quality and consistency of print, to ensure customer expectations would be met in every factor from lead time to colour-matching to pricing. The Tau RSCi was described a ‘clear leader.’

Steve Lynn, director of labels and packaging and sales at Durst North America commented, ‘The partnership between KDV and Durst exemplifies the desire for innovation and digital advancement in the label market. We are proud to partner with KDV and look forward to our future together.’  

Keith Walz, KDV’s president and CEO, concluded, ‘KDV will continue to invest in technology to ensure delivering the highest quality labels and unrivalled service levels to our customers. We have pent up demand for these capabilities and will continue to build our team and fleet of presses to meet customer demand.’