The versatility of Roland’s latest VersaCAMM combination print-and-cut machines has resulted in an upsurge in end users who benefit from more than its metallic and white ink capabilities. The company reports that recent sales have included growing numbers of customers who want to take advantage of this versatile system’s dual CMYK options as well as the alternative version which accommodates a six-colour palette with the additions of light cyan and light magenta.
Although the VersaCAMM VS series was the first machine designed from the ground up to incorporate metallic and white eco-solvent based inks, Roland decided to include other options for its users who need highly accurate standard CMYK output combined with precision contour cutting. The overall speed of producing fine standards of four-colour work across a broad range of roll-fed materials is complemented by the machine’s ability to cut to exacting tolerances so that even the smallest labels and decals can be manufactured.
Available in a choice of four widths, with the largest size being a generous 1.62m, the new generation print-head incorporated into the VersaCAMM VS family has been designed and configured to generate the finest accurate results. Precision rounded nozzles in this head combine with accurate ink firing, with seven sizes of variable droplet enabling smooth graduations, flawless solid colours and crisp, clear text.
This print accuracy is achievable because of head’s arrangement of colours, with a mirrored array ensuring there is no difference in the firing order of the inks. This nozzle arrangement means that the same sequence of lay-down is accomplished in both directions so that it produces bi-directional output with no trace of banding or striping.
This is particularly evident in the dual CMYK option of the VersaCAMM VS series, with high productivity and excellent output quality resulting from the inks’ configuration within the print-head. Aligned as MYCKKCYM, instead of duplicated CMYK in the same order, bi-directional production is smooth and seamless and, with the magenta and yellow inks being situated on the outside of the head, critical red shades are brighter and more accurate.
Users of the dual CMYK model of the VersaCAMM VS have also reported that they can work in the lowest production mode for most jobs with superlative quality and fast throughput speeds. Choosing print options is quick and easy using the machine’s integrated menu settings, with simple settings for bi-directional set-up able to be stored for quick recall when needed.
Another major benefit which applies to all versions of the VersaCAMM VS lies in its contour cutting capabilities. Vital that precision alignment is maintained, even across the optimum width on long rolls of material, all machines in this series are able to work to the most exacting tolerances on print-and-cut jobs.
This cutting accuracy is essential for all sizes of application, and is particularly relevant for users producing step-and-repeat and nested small items, such as labels, decals and stickers. For these, and other applications where tolerances are critical to the finished job, the VersaCAMM VS’s ability to work to exacting precision is proving to be another major benefit to the machine’s versatility.
Roland’s VersaCAMM VS series incorporates the company’s renowned Eco-Sol Max inks whose durability can be enhanced with over-lamination for additional protection, such as for vehicle wraps, liveries and exterior signs. Easy to set up and operate, this versatile print-and-cut solution is available in four sizes, with the VS-640 sporting a generous width of 1.62m, the VS-540 able to handle materials up to 1.37m wide, the mid-sized VS-420 offering 1.07m and the compact VS-300 measuring 762mm.