Rho 500R

The Durst Rho 500 combines a 6-color quality print in 600 dpi with a high print productivity of up to

350 sqm/h. Equipped with the Quadro Array 30D printhead technology with 2048 nozzles per color, the system prints on 5 meter wide vinyl banners, mesh for facade cladding, extra wide textile banners and

self-adhesive polyester films for backlit-applications. The mechanic precision of the bionic carriage system, the linear motor drive technology and temperature-controlled ink circulation guarantee the highest quality of the print image. Thanks to the intelligent Dither Technology, the Rho 500R requires less ink per square meter, while the built-in sensors, in combination with the automated media transport system, allow for unattended printing. The resulting low production costs make the Rho 500R one of the most economical printers available.


The operational software was further advanced with the aid of customers around the world to enable the automated and media-specific calibration of all print parameters and their storage for identical reproduction in the future. The 100% VOC free UV Rho Roll Ink is accredited with the Nordic Swan certification and adheres to the most stringent environmental requirements.

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As seen around the world on TV by millions

The largest ever picture of the Royal Family was created for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by Service Graphics in the UK.


One of the main events of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend was the Thames River Pageant where a flotilla of over 1000 boats sailed down a seven mile course of the river through the centre of London. At one point, as the Royal Barge passed the Sea Containers House located on London’s South Bank, all eyes were focused on the giant PVC commemorative banner measuring 100 x 37 m.


Service Graphics, which is the large format print and display division of St Ives, was awarded the print job by private real estate development firm, Deerbrook Group. The real estate company purchased the imposing 1970’s office building to develop the site which will include nine stories of offices, along with shops and restaurants and a four-star Mondrian branded hotel with 360 rooms. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2014 and will be the first Mondrian hotel in Europe.


Scott King, sales director of Service Graphics said: "We are delighted to work with the Deerbrook Group to produce such an extraordinary building banner. This project represents the largest ever single graphic produced by Service Graphics and we are extremely pleased with the result." 

Nigel Franklin, production services manager of Service Graphics, commented: “Service Graphics are delighted with the print quality, speed and reliability of the Rho 500R.”


The black back PVC banner was printed in 42 sections on its Rho 500R printer in Chessington, Surrey and then fabricated into seven sections using high frequency welding to bond the material. Service Graphics only had 15 days to turn the job around as planning permission was only granted on the 10th May and the completed banner was unveiled at 10am on Friday 25th May. Apart from the short time scale, the sheer size and weight of each section of the banner posed a challenging task with the installation and getting the sections into position on the scaffolding at 12th floor level.

The banner itself depicts the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, with Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Lord Mountbatten along with The Queen, Prince Philip, Captain Mark Phillips and Princess Anne standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.