Now firmly ensconced in a specially-converted climate-controlled production room at Atlas Printers’ Durban North premises, the 1.6m-wide Durst P10 160 offers unrivalled media flexibility in terms of material size and type, and overall productivity. At its heart is Durst’s latest Quadro Array 10M printhead technology, which creates stunning ‘fine art’ print quality up to 1 000dpi resolution, fine tones and optional additional light colour reproduction.
Other features include exceptional ink adhesion, unparalleled reliability and a compact, sturdy and industrial design. ‘When it comes to top-quality machine design, Durst never takes any short cuts,’ remarks Kemtek sales manager, Nigel Tretheway. ‘Approximately 80% of machine parts are built in-house, in Europe, with each machine tailor-made to individual customer specifications.’
Leading-edge software and cutting tools
Adjacent to the Durst press is the Aristomat TL 1625 high-speed flatbed digital cutter. Designed for precision and efficiency, this machine has a 1 625mm x 2 500mm work area, adapted vacuum system and specialised tool heads, plus a specially-fitted conveyor.
‘The Aristomat is ideal for cutting most substrates, including vinyl, laminates, solid fibre and corrugated board,’ states Vinesh Gokool. ‘Overall, we want to achieve the best production rates possible and the Durst and Aristomat machines fit our requirements perfectly,’ he attests.
To create perfect packaging configurations on the new press, Vinesh and Rajan have opted for top-notch design software from EngView Systems, providing effortless drafting and 3D modelling. According to Nigel Tretheway, this award-winning parametric technology – EngView Synergy – provides an integrated CAD/CAM environment for the design of folding carton and corrugated packaging and related converting tools that are structured as a set of functional modules, covering the whole process – from conceptual design to die-making.
He adds that custom libraries of resizable designs and components are easily created with the software, and recalled as and when required, in seconds.
To ensure that Atlas Printers hit the ground running, Kemtek and its principals carried out a comprehensive on-site operator training programme. They’ll continue offering support with regular technology upgrades and further training when required.
‘We’ve been dealing with Kemtek for 20 years, and we know we can trust the team to provide expert advice,’ remarks Rajan Gokool. ‘It’s the overall investment in our business that we’ve always appreciated from Nigel and his colleagues, and this is what gave us the confidence to secure our latest equipment purchases. Furthermore, the information and assistance that Durst, Aristomat and EngView have provided has been exemplary,’ he concludes.