Labmak has invested in its second Durst Tau 330 RSC single-pass label press after successfully completing beta testing of the world’s first machine last year. 


The machine, which was installed in early January, provides a further step-up in quality and a 60% uplift in production capacity for The Label Makers, known as Labmak, in Bradford, UK.


According to Labmak managing director David Webster, customer requirements are changing constantly and label delivery dates now typically get changed hourly. 


“We have to have flexibility of printing on either machine or even transferring work from flexo. Durst Workflow software enables us to manipulate files press side, so jobs can be tweaked immediately without sending the file back to the studio, which could easily take up to 20 minutes. Any changes are now done in five minutes – it’s a major time-saver,” he says.


Durst’s Tau 330 RSC press features 330 mm (13 in.) print width combined with a print speed of up to 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min) at 1200 x 1200 dpi printing resolutions. The press achieves a production capacity of 1,485 m² per hour, and thanks to its 8 colour stations (CMYK+W+OVG) with new designed high pigmented inks it delivers outstanding, flexo look-like print quality with close to 95% pantone colour gamut coverage.



Mr Webster added: “The print quality is phenomenal. We do now have supermarket chains who are requesting the jobs be printed inkjet rather than flexo because of the vibrancy of the colours, the screen effect of the inks and the perfect print registration. This second Tau 330 RSC investment gives us the opportunity to take on more clients and better service our existing customers. Previously we were mainly using the Durst Tau presses for the personal care markets. Now, with new capabilities, we are producing everything from food labels through to high quality wines and spirits on the Durst Tau 330  RSC.”


Labmak has invested around £2.5million in Durst technology over the past six years.