Lambda 131 HS Large Format Digital Laser Imager

The evolution in imaging to unsurpassed large-format quality: from images, graphics and text direct on to conventional photomaterial via a file.

3 Models to meet your


Lambda 131 HS-Turret

The Lambda 131 is the top of the line ver- sion featuring a 5-position paper turret for the unexposed media (paper, backlit, clear film, flex media) or different media widths or surfaces from 50.8 cm (20 in.) up to
127 cm (50 in.).
This allows very fast access to the required media without the need to physically load and unload it. You can handle mixed orders or calibrate a new emulsion without slo- wing down or interrupting production. The requested media is menu-selected from
the computer (Autoload-Function) and
the turret will automatically move into the right position and start with the exposure with almost no media waste.

Lambda 131 HS

The Durst Lambda 131 Large Format Digital Laser Imager offers exactly the same fea- tures as above with the only difference of
a single position instead of the 5-position paper turret. It is fully upgradeable to a Durst Lambda with 5-position paper turret.

Lambda RS

Version for Direct Digital Remote Sensing All Durst Lambda versions can be factory- adjusted to meet the exacting standards of the Geomatics community.
The Durst Lambda RS Imaging Technology for Remote Sensing, Aerial Photography and Cartography offers the highest sizing and geometric precision of plus or minus
0.03 % , corresponding to plus or minus
0.4 mm (millimeter) over a writing area of
127 x 127 cm (50 x 50 in.).
The unique and patented Durst Lambda continuous roll to roll single beam, 3-laser (RGB) exposure system offers total size flexibility and achieves an image qua-
lity which is superior to all large for- mat printers - photographic, inkjet and electrostatic. The Durst Lambda exposes digital information (raster pixel) directly to conventional photographic media at full continuous tone with a linear writing speed of up to 65 cm (26 in.) per minute with the choice of two resolutions of 200 and 400 ppi (equal to an apparent reso-
lution of 4000 dpi). The Lambda produces images with the highest possible resolution (68 billion colors) and with a radiometric repeatability of 0.025 D per color.

Automatic paper take- up device.

Roll paper in the widths from

50.8 cm (20 in.) to

127 cm (50 in.). Print

sizes exeeding the

max. paperwidth are

automatically devi-

ded-up and exposed

in strips

5-position paper

t urret for unexposed

materials to allow a quick access to various media.

Patented Durst Lambda continuous rolltoroll single beam,3-laser (RGB) exposu re system.

The Key Features

Direct digital printing with unsurpassed image and text quality

Durst Lambda Series combine the advan- tages of classical silver halide photography with the potential of the latest laser and digital technology, without an intermediate film stage - and without the compromises of CMYK output, This technology offers superior color saturation and fidelity, bet- ter image quality, more details and sharper type than other alternatives (customer statement). It also provides a number of advantages over conventional enlarge- ments, including improved image quality with no image distortion and no loss of image sharpness, perfect edge to edge sharpness and evenness, a reduction in
time spent handling images, and a decrease in the cost of materials.
The Durst Lambda Series operate with
a full 36-bit RGB color space (68 billion colors) to ensure excellent control over the light source and to produce faithful color reproductions.

Sharp images, text and graphics with exceptional details at full contrast

The Durst Lambda Digital Imaging Techno- logy ensures a constant pixel size and in- tensity over the entire image. The patented Durst continuous roll to roll laser exposing system ensures no parasite light during
the exposure for perfect image white and highest contrast range.

Apparent resolution up to 4000 dpi The Durst Lambda series feature a dual, autoswitchable resolution of 200 and 400 full continuous tone pixels per inch (ppi) with on-the-fly pixel interpolation. The

400 ppi full continuous-tone resolution
of the Durst Lambda Series is comparable with a resolution of 4000 dpi of printers with half-tone dots.

High output speed

Exposes all media with the same high linear speed of up to 65 cm (26 in.) per minute. Compared with other digital systems the Lambda is „remarkably faster“ (approx. 40 prints 100 x 130 cm/40 x 50 in. per hour).

Print production without size limitations Thanks to the patented, continuous roll to roll exposure system with perfect edge to edge sharpness and evenness, the Durst Lambda have no print size limitations it can virtually generate any print size from icons to large murals (with auto- and custom panelling functions). One seamless print

can be as long as one entire 127 cm (50
in.) roll (50 m/164 ft). Print sizes exceeding the max. paper width are automatical-
ly divided-up and exposed in sections. Operator can select how oversized panels are split. The desired overlap is adjustable. This allows you offer new print sizes, create new and exiting products and to enter new market segments.

On-the-fly image corrections and pixel interpolation

All image sizing and image corrections, such as color, density, contrast, sharpening as well as cropping is done on-the-fly wit- hout any additional computing time.

Sharp images, text and graphics with exceptional details at full contrast

The digital imaging technology ensures a constant pixel size and intensity over the entire image. The patented Durst conti- nuous roll to roll laser exposing system ensures no parasite light during the expo- sure for perfect image white and highest contrast range.

All in one

The unique size flexibility does no longer require to split the orders because of dif- ferent print sizes. With the Durst Lambda you can handle all print sizes for one order with the same device with perfect color
and density match and reduced production costs.

Fully automatic take-up system

With almost no media waste.

Large customer base and high customer satisfaction

With close to 1000 units sold worldwide
(as per End of July 2006), the Durst Lamb- da has the highest install base of all large format digital photo printers. In addition, more than 80 customers have multiple units up to 5 Lambda in the same location and lab chains have up to 20 Lambda run- ning successfully, which confirms the high customer satisfaction.
Durst Lambda has become quickly a new industry standard for high-end large for- mat printing. It has rapidly gained a repu- tation for high productivity and flexibility, producing the finest quality of small and large format reflective and backlit prints from digital files.

Multiple applications

The Durst Lambda Large Format Digital La- ser Imagers are successfully used in many different imaging applications, such as:

• Large format reflective and backlit printing in any size for point of purchase displays, tradeshow graphics, etc.

• Silk Screen Printers

• Reprographics (Blue Printers)

• Satellite and aerial photography (Remote

Sensing to Lambda RS)

• Mapping (cartographic applications)

• Digital printing in portrait/social,

wedding and photofinishing labs

• Litho and Printing Industry

• Printing large quantities of small print


• Producing large volume backlit prints for

vending and gaming machines

• Graphics Arts Trade Shops (Pre-press)

• Etc.

Software Features

On-the-fly Image Processing

Proprietary Linux-based Durst user softwa- re with patented on-the-fly image proces- sing for very fast and reliable production with minimum hard disk usage (on-the-fly pixel interpolation/scaling, color, density, contrast, saturation and sharpening cor- rections, color to black and white conversi- on, cropping, etc.). This feature completely eliminates the need to create additional printing files and therefore drastically reduces the overall printing time providing very fast operation with minimum hard
disk usage. In addition, it allows to print any size print at maximum resolution and does not require re-ripping of the file in case of changes are applied.
Due to this unique feature the Durst Lambda offers an unmatched real net productivity of up to 49 sq.m/hr. or
540 sq.ft./hr.

Easy and fast media calibration

The Durst Lambda features an extremely easy-to-use calibration system with a digital test image. Even with extreme devi- ations a new paper type can be calibrated in approximately three passes. Operation is limited to just three steps:
1. Exposure of the test print
2. Reading of the test print with the optional on-line densitometer (automatically)
3. Automatical calculation of the corrections (new calibration values) by the system.

Master channel

The paper channel calibration values can be quickly adjusted to any chemical drifts via the master channel.

Efficient print queue manager

The Durst Lambda has a queue feature for efficient and fast operation. This allows the operator to prepare and automatically expose the jobs. All the queued jobs can be automatically sorted by paper width and type. The image file placed last in the queue always comes first. The remaining
length is calculated and displayed for each single job, taking the previous jobs into account.

Soft proofing*

This module allows full soft proofing on the monitor. Corection sliders are used to correct images in color, saturation, density and contrast.

Dual, autoswitchable resolution of 200 and 400 ppi

Durst Lambda features a dual, auto- switchable resolution of 200 and 400 continuous tone pixels per inch (ppi) with on-the-fly pixel interpolation. The 400 ppi continuous-tone resolution of the Durst Lambda is comparable with a resolution of
4000 dpi of printers with half-tone dots.


For optimum media use and fast printing this feature allows to automatically print different files and different print sizes side by side.

Batch processing

For very fast operation of documents with multiple pages or print runs.

Multiple Printing

Print runs are automatically and on-the-fly duplicated (cloned) and printed side by side for fast operation, minimum disk space and optimal use of large paper widths.


With the Autospooling software for ASCII files, the Lambda will automatically pick- up the files from any network-connected Windows 95/98, NT/XP or UNIX computer (via hot folder), automatically apply the preset corrections, scale the files, insert logos, create units, arrange packages, nest the prints for optimum paper use and print
the files in the requested quantity with the Durst Autocutter Barcode Information for fully automated, unattended cutting with the Durst Autocutter XY.
In combination with the optional Durst Preparation Station, it is possible to control one or multiple printers from a central location to streamline the workflow and anhance productivity.

Color Management System*

Integrated Color Management System with Kodak CMS Engine for the Durst Linux Printer Software. The CMS features an automatic and independent color conver- sion of PostScript, EPS, PDF, TIFF, TIFF/LZW, BMP and JPEG files (through „Load from Disk“) by using independent ICC Profiles. The Profiles can be generated with any
of the ICC compliant software packages available for Mac and Windows computers. This new CMS software will also read ICC profiles embedded in the file for automatic opertion. The integrated VectorPro Soft- ware module features an automatic and independent color conversion of Pantone- specified colors in PostScript files during the ripping process.

MGE i-cut Software*

The MGE i-cut software module for an Au- tomatic Workflow in conjunction with the Zünd MGE i-cut cutting system for fully automated cutting of mounted Lambda prints on rigid media. The Durst Printer Software will automatically create the reference points on the image for single, multiple or also nested prints. This will save much time and labour costs on the file preparation for a given job and you will
be able to print, process, and finish-cut all your images printed on the Lambda with a minimal amount of manual labor.

The Durst Lambda ASCII file solution offers the following advantages:

• Total flexibility for each file in terms of print size, package, color and density correction, contrast and saturation correc- tions, etc.

• Automatic image scaling: depending on the selected print size, the Durst Autospoo- ling software will automatically scale the files to fit.

• Only one hot folder necessary, as the

resolution is listed in the ASCII file

• Files are no longer copied into the hot folder. Instead of that, the ASCII file con- tains the complete image path where the file is located (can be any network-connec- ted Win or UNIX station) and the Lambda will automatically pick it up from there for printing, but the original file will always

stay there. This allows a very fast operation and reduces copying and network traffic.

• All files you scan or capture with a digital camera can immediately be stored on the final archival computer/hard disk/RAID,


• Allows you to automatically add logos, signatures, texts or graphics on 6 selectab- le locations (Photos with logo of photo- grapher, Christmas cards, greeting cards

for other occasions, image with special borders, anything you can create with Pho- toshop, Illustrator, etc and saved as TIFF).
* Optional software modules

Flexibility and Productivity

On-the fly interpolation

The image files loaded on the hard disk are automatically scaled (enlarged or reduced by interpolation) according to the print size selected and without the need to create a second file according to the output size from the smallest print size up to giant enlargements without reciprocity failure.

Paneling/Tiling Feature Print sizes exceeding the maximum paper width are au- tomatically divided into strips and exposed with cut marks. This automatic tiling includes the following options:

• division to match paper width

• all the panels with the same


• direct input of a required panel width (custom panel width)

• direct input of a required

panel length
The exact panel setting can then be modified as needed by the user. The required overlap can be set.

Durst Lambda RS

Imaging Technology for Remote Sensing, Aerial
Photography and Cartography

Image cropping

Any part of the image can be crop-en- larged without postprocessing. A special interpolation procedure recalculates and generates the pixels involved, and so substantially enhances the image quality in comparison to conventional enlargements.

Fast and economical printing of large quantity jobs with small print sizes With the „Multiple Print Function“, print

runs are automatically duplicated (cloned) on-the-fly and printed side by side for fast operation, minimum disk space and optimal use of large paper widths.
Mixed orders of different images and print sizes can be printed the Durst „Autones- ting Function“, which automatically prints different files and different print sizes side by side including panels which will fit side by side. Beside the easy, fast and fully au- tomated operation, the Durst Autonesting cuts down the waste dramatically and is a great time saver.

The images in this brochure are courtesy of:

• Norte Color, Madrid, España; Fotógrafo:

Eugenio Recuenco

• Laboratorios Dinasa, Madrid, España; original digitalizado: Vicente Patón, Alberto Telleria, Rodrigo

• Karpe Color, Madrid, España

• Global Montero, Madrid, España

• Fotosíntesis, Madrid, España

• IGN (Institue Geographique Nationale), Creil, France

• Custom Color, San Angel, Mexico

• Elmar Hahn Studios, Veitshochheim, Deutschland

• Lambda 130 Illustration: Stefan Brüning, Brixen/Italy

Technical Data

General specifications

Power Supply:

230/208 V AC ±10 % , single phase, 50/60 Cycles

Power Consumption:

max. 1500 VA/6 Ampere per phase


Width: approx. 240 cm (95 in.)

Length: approx. 240 cm (95 in.)


Lambda 131 HS-Turret: approx. 194 cm (77 in.)

Lambda 131 HS: approx. 180 cm (71 in.)


Lambda 131 HS-Turret:

approx. 1.500 kg (3.300 lb.)

Lambda 131 HS:

approx. 1400 kg (3080 lb.)

Space requirement:

approx. 4 x 5 m (13 x 16 ft.)


Laserclass I

Safety and Standard Specifications:


Image Processor

Image Computer:

HP Linux-Workstation XW8200


1 GB (2 x 512 DDR2-400)

Hard Disk:

3 x 36 GB internal hard disks with 1500 RPM



Operating system:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux


HP TFT 19“ Monitor L1955

Graphic adapter:

1 Nivida Quadro NVS 280 64PCI-E

Network Protocol:

TCP/IP, NFS (Network file system)


• Ultrawide-SCSI

• 100 Base T Fast Ethernet automatically

switchable to 10 M bit

• DEC 423 (modem)

• RS 232 (for densitometer)

Imaging Specifications

Exposure system:

patented continuous roll-to-roll, single beam,

three color (RGB) laser full continuos tone

exposure system.

File Formats:

• Grayscale CMYK and RGB-TIFF, TIFF/LZW,


• PostScript Level 2 and 3 (PS, single or

multipage, including CMYK, RGB and

Grayscale images) Type 1 fonts only)

• PDF (single or multipage)

• RGB-PPM Raw format


16.7 million possible colors

(input 24 bit/Internal 36 bit)

Adressable Levels:

256 levels each RGB


dual resolution of 200 and 400 pixels per inch

(switchable) (Continuous tone) with on-the-fly

pixel interpolation

(4000 dpi apparent resolution)


Cheetah by Dice America

Linear output speed:

• 200 ppi

approx. 65 cm (26 in.) per minute, equal to

approx. 40 prints 100 x 130 cm (40 x 50 in.)

per hour.

• 400 ppi

approx. 32 cm (13 in.) per minute


Red, green, blue

Laser live time:

guaranteed 12 months

Paper transport

Feeding Device:

Lambda 131 HS-Turret:

5-position paper turret

Lambda 131 HS:

Single-position paper feed

loading level: approx. 140 cm (55 in.)

Take-up Device:

Automatic take-up device with automatic paper

loading and built-in automatic paper cutter

Paper width and lengths:

Width Length

127.0 cm (50 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

110.0 cm (43 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

106.7 cm (42 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

105.0 cm (41 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

101.6 cm (40 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

81.2 cm (32 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

76.2 cm (30 in.) 50 m (164 ft)

70.0 cm (27,5 in) 50 m (164 ft)

50.8 cm (20 in.) 83 m (275 ft)

Minimum Print Length:

1 cm (0.4 in)

Minimum Paper Advance:

30 cm (12 in.), including exposed area

Max. Paper Waste:

20 cm (8 in.) at the beginning of the media roll

Environmental requirements

Max. Altitude:

2.400 m (8.000 ft) above sea level

Temperature range:

+ 15°C to 30 °C

(+59 °F to 86 °F)

Relative humidity:

25-80 %