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38 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 Roll-To-Roll Printing production equipment, we were able to handle all printing applications as well as cutting and finishing," he explains. "Both the Rhotex 325 and Rho 312R printed faster than previous machines we had used," notes Holzhauer. "The addition of these printers has been a huge asset for our company as we've been able to produce better fabric backlit, meet quicker turnaround times, and complete larger jobs. Since the implementation of Durst technology we have a lot less worry, higher quality, and more efficiency. These machines are robust and well-engineered," he concludes. ADVANTAGES OF ROLL-TO-ROLL Agfa's Hamilton says roll-to-roll still has some advantages, including speed, the cost per square foot, and the total cost of ownership. "Roll-to-roll also offers the benefit of dual and triple lane production." He adds that some of the more popular applications that clients are looking for include backlits, bluebacks, clings, wall coverings, and d├ęcor. NEW ON THE SCENE Hamilton adds that Agfa just released the new 3.3 m Oberon roll- to-roll press, which is its new segment between the Jeti and Anapurna series. "The Oberon RTR3300 is a brand new product for Agfa," and they are hoping to show off the machine at trade shows this year. Hamilton says the 3.3 m wide roll-to- roll UV printer provides great produc- tion capability. "It prints up to 150 sq. m/hr (85 sq. m/hr in production mode). It also offers a dual roll option up to 1.6 m wide per roll. The Oberon offers that beautiful Agfa print quality and low production cost as our other outstand- ing printer families such as the Anapurna, Mira and Tauro," he concludes. NEW INNOVATIONS Zoch says that speed of production, hand feel, and cost per square meter have long been barriers to digital pigment printing penetrating the textile decoration industry and they are innovating new ways to address these longstanding concerns. The Presto can print on a wide variety of fabrics, including synthetics, naturals, and blends. (Images courtesy of Kornit Digital) (Image courtesy of bluemedia)

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