New Durst Rhotex 320 Printer

Fabric printing is bolder and easier than ever with Rainier’s new Durst Rhotex 320 Printer.

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Our retail display sector is the fastest growing division here at Rainier, and we need our printers to be able to keep up! In spring 2012, we added a Rhotex 320 to our growing fleet of Durst printers.

durst-4The Durst Rhotex 320 is the state of the art digital printer for printing directly to fabric and textile media. At 10.5 feet wide, Rhotex 320 uses water-based dispersed dye inks and onboard hot-air dryers to produce big format “soft signage.” It operates at production speeds, increases our capacity, is designed specifically for fabric printing – and it’s remarkably cost-efficient to run compared to the previous generation of dye sublimation printers.

It delivers POP quality output at 775 square feet/hour and its robust design means that it can run 24 hours/day. If you do the math – that’s 18,600 square feet of top quality printing in a single day! (We’ve yet to work our Rhotex 320 quite that hard, but challenge us with a big project!)

durst-2“It’s fast, sharp, and has great color saturation. What’s not to like?” says Mark Hanich, Rainier Project Manager.

And the Durst Rhotex dyes also comply with the Blue Wool scale 5-6, meaning that they’ll last for up to two years in an outdoor application, making your signage a better investment for you. We call that win-win.

Using the Rhotex 320 with its water-based inks means that fabric signage produced by Rainier is environmentally-friendly, recyclable and disposable – even after it’s been printed on. Any technology that helps Rainier meet its zero-waste goal is a welcome addition to our production floor.

“Whether it’s for flags, banners, billboards, wall coverings, POP displays, trade show exhibits or other ‘soft signage’ applications, market researchers predict this segment [digital printing on fabric] will grow by more than 50 percent, year-on-year, between now and 2014,” Durst reported in 2011.

We plan on keeping up. If you need fabric signage, there’s no better printer than the Durst Rhotex 320 – and there’s no better place than Rainier, where we can not only print but custom-finish your signs in our fabric, wood, paint, and metal shops.

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The colors begin to pop as these fabric banners go through the heat activation process.

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Rainier Print Operator Jason Campbell waits for the results of a color test on the Rhotex 320.

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