25 Jan 2020

Roland DG announces first XC-540MT metallic inkjet printer purchase

Sigma Print & Media Group

Irish company Sigma Print & Media Group today announced it is the world’s first customer for the new Roland DG XC-540MT wide format metallic inkjet printer. Offering an unprecedented use of metallic inks, the new XC-540MT metallic inkjet printer will enable the company’s new wedding book division to bring unique, robust and visually brilliant printing options to its line of bespoke personalised wedding and photo books. The wide format metallic inkjet solution was unveiled at the recent Sign & Digital Ireland show, and marks a quantum leap for the printing industry, enabling users to print silver in addition to the regular CMYK+white to create a whole spectrum of metallic colours.

“The photo book market is one of the fastest growth markets within the print industry, and with the introduction of the XC-540MT, we are able to bring a very unique and emotive product to the marketplace” said Rory Kelly, CEO, Sigma Print & Media Group. “The ability to produce dynamic metallic colours and finishes will enable us to create high end and bespoke covers for our wedding books and photobooks. All individual tastes and preferences can be accommodated. We see becoming Roland DG’s first worldwide customer as the first step towards a lengthy and mutually beneficial business relationship.”

"We are proud to have an innovative industry-leading company like Sigma Print & Media Group as the first customer for our XC-540MT metallic inkjet printer,” said Martin Phillips, Director of Sales Roland DG (UK). “This new strategic customer relationship with Sigma is very much a synergy in thinking between our two companies. With the XC-540MT, we are continuing to push the boundaries of technology to evolve with our customers’ ever-changing business needs. This new evolution in printing will allow customers like Sigma to differentiate themselves from their competitors while reaping the rewards of value-added service and increased profitability.”

Roland DG SolJet PRoIII XC-540MT

About Sigma Wedding & Photo Books

Sigma Print & Media Group is the first company in the wedding market to offer bespoke photobook style wedding albums. The wide range of wedding book packages features a variety of contemporary and classic cover styles, including personalised dust covers. Sigma’s investment in advanced digital technologies ensures delivery of high quality cost efficient products without the normal waiting period for printed albums. With a huge emphasis on customer experience, Sigma will also offer canvas prints, photographic and professional studio services. The entire production process, from design through to print and finishing, will be managed and supplied by the Sigma Wedding Books division.

In addition, Sigma Print & Media are currently in the process of trialing high volume digital colour printing equipment with plans to enter the online photobook market in the coming months. Our software and web stores will allow customers to create, edit and order their own personal Photobooks online using our desktop and browser based creation software. Sigma Wedding Books website will be launched in mid November with Sigma photobooks website debuting in January 2010.

Roland XC-540MT Metallic Printer Officially Launched

Roland SolJet ProIII XC-540MT Metallic Inkjet Printer

Introducing World’s First Inkjet Printer/Cutter for Metallic Silver Ink

New Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX Ink Named 2009 DPI Product of the Year


Roland DG Corporation today announced the new SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT 54” inkjet printer/cutter featuring revolutionary new Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink (ESL3-MT).

As the world’s first inkjet printer/cutter developed exclusively for metallic silver ink, the XC-540MT features six colours, CMYK+Metallic Silver+White (CMYK+MT+W).  Compatible with vinyl, PET film, canvas, paper, transparent film and banner, the new metallic silver ink can be printed on demand as a spot colour or combined with the XC-540MT’s CMYK + W inks to produce a range of coloured metallic effects including gold, silver and pearlescent colours. A double white ink model (CMYK+WW) is also available for the brightest white text, graphics and floods.

“In the past, gold and silver effects could only be produced using more complex printing systems such offset and flexo presses, screen printing equipment or by foil stamping,” said Yuko Seki, Roland DG colour product manager.  “Each of these technologies requires plate processing, making it difficult and costly to produce metallic graphics in small quantities.  The new XC-540MT has transformed this process.  For the first time, professionals can take full advantage of Roland’s advanced inkjet technology to produce brilliant metallic graphics on demand – easily, profitably, and in any quantity.”

The XC-540MT is engineered for a wide range of applications including vehicle wraps, T-shirt heat transfers, labels, decals, POP displays, banners and signs. It achieves a maximum print speed of 41m²/hr and image quality up to 1440x1440 dpi resolution in CMYK mode.  As an integrated printer/cutter, the XC-540MT prints and then automatically contour cuts images without any steps in between.  As a result, the XC-540MT can be operated unattended and achieves lower operating costs and faster production times than competing inkjets.  It is ideally suited for producing short-run labels with spot colours.

To meet the demands of production shops, the XC-540MT features a heavy-duty media handling system, automated maintenance, the DU-540 dryer/blower unit and Roland’s most advanced inkjet technology, Roland Intelligent Pass Control.  ECO-SOL MAX inks offer dense, rich colours, superior scratch resistance, fast drying time, wide gamut, uncoated media support and outdoor durability of up to three years for CMYK, one year for White and one to three years for the new Metallic Silver ink.  DPI award-winning Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink produces thousands of metallic colours for premium quality graphics.


Roland SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT Features:

  • 54” inkjet printer/cutter available in two ink configurations
    - CMYK + Metallic Silver + White for the widest range of applications
    - CMYK + White + White for the brightest white text, graphics and floods
  • New Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink\
    - Prints as a spot colour
    - Combines with CMYK  for a spectrum of new metallic hues including gold, bronzes and a wide range of pearlescent colours.
  • Roland’s unique Advanced Ink Circulation System
    - Prevents the pigment in metallic silver and white inks from settling
    - Requires no manual intervention
    - Reduces ink waste by up to 84% for lower running costs
  • Roland Intelligent Pass Control® assures the highest productivity while maintaining smooth gradations and flawless solid colours
  • Integrated print/cut technology quickly and easily prints and digitally die cuts finished graphics into virtually any shape, on demand

VersaWorks® Professional Color Management RIP Software Included

The XC-540MT includes VersaWorks 3.3, the latest version of Roland’s colour management RIP software. VersaWorks supports the Roland Color system which accurately reproduces spot colours from colour charts and swatch books. A new Roland Metallic Color library in VersaWorks features 12 metallic colours that print using CMYK+MT in a single pass. This palette includes silver, gold, bronze and nine other metallic colours. Users can also easily create and save their own custom metallic spot colours in VersaWorks. VersaWorks offers a wide range of print options including high-speed mode for production banner printing, the MAX Impact preset for vivid outdoor graphics and Artistic mode for exceptional indoor graphics to be viewed up close. In addition, VersaWorks automatically estimates the ink usage and print time for each graphic to accurately monitor time and costs.


Find out more, and order your free metallic print samples...

You can find out more about this new printer, arrange a demonstration, and order free print samples by visiting the Roland DG UK website.


Canon Receives High Print Permanence Ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research

Canon iPF6100

Canon has announced that the imagePROGRAF iPF6100 large-format printer, high-stability LUCIA pigment inks, and Canon media have undergone extensive print permanence testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research (WIR). Results show that the iPF6100 printer and Canon media achieved a very high level of overall WIR Print Permanence Ratings for large format printers.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 printer with LUCIA pigment inks (also used in the iPF9100/8100/6200/5100 printers) and a range of Canon media achieved a "Displayed Prints Framed Under Glass" average permanence rating of greater than 100 years for color output, and greater than 200 years for black-and-white output. The Canon prints were also very resistant to damage from high-humidity environments, resistant to ozone exposure, and resistant to water damage, according to WIR tests. "Whether printed in color or made in black-and-white, the prints are beautiful—and will remain beautiful—for a very long period of time," said Henry Wilhelm, president, Wilhelm Imaging Research.

The full WIR report for the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 printer, which features California landscape photographer William Niell making prints with the iPF6100, can be found on the WIR website.

Wilhelm Imaging Research, using comprehensive print permanence test methods developed by the company over the past twenty five years, has become the de facto industry standard for most print categories for both consumer and professional printers. WIR’s tests are designed to evaluate ALL of the five major print longevity factors: prolonged exposure to light when displayed, dark storage stability, resistance to unprotected exposure to atmospheric ozone, resistance to high humidity, and resistance to damage by water.

"The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6100 test results from Wilhelm Imaging Research further solidifies our position as a premier provider of quality, reliable large format imaging solutions," said Rich Reamer, director, Large Format Product Marketing, Canon USA. "The combination of vivid LUCIA pigment inks, device consistency and reliability make the iPF6100 one of our best large format printers for the photographic, fine art, and graphic arts markets."

A wide format photocopier? GEI think it is a good idea

GEI WideFormat 5636

It looks like a big photo-copier, and like a photo-copier the scanning is built in, but it produces wide prints at a rapid rate of knots. Interesting product, or shot in the dark?

Roger Ilgen, president of GEI WideFormat, a Visual Edge Technology Company, has announced the introduction of the new GEI 5636 engineering copier to the GEI WideFormat product line. "We are very pleased to provide our customers with such an exciting new product. The GEI 5636 has innovative features, such as color scanning, paired with ultra-fast output speeds," said Ilgen.

The GEI 5636 enhances workflow productivity with output speeds of 10 D-size prints-per-minute. Features such as an easy-access clamshell design, front copy exit tray that holds 99 D-size drawings, and a color LCD touch-panel interface make this engineering copier truly unique. Changing paper and toner is trouble-free with easy-to-use front loading drawers that house four rolls of 500-foot-long media and consumables are easily conserved with the ability to preview thumbnails prior to printing.

The most exciting feature of the GEI 5636 is the embedded colour scanner. Now, changes and additions or "redlines" are captured and circulated effortlessly. Also, the external 5636 print controller will interface with an inkjet printer for a complete colour copy system. Phil Trembly, national sales manager for GEI WideFormat said, "The GEI 5636 provides the perfect solution for high-volume environments where productivity is key."

KIP Displays Wide-Format Colour Printer at SGIA

KIP Color KC80

At the SGIA tradeshow, KIP displayed the KIP Color 80; a new 36 inch wide colour addition to its line of wide-format document production systems - designed to provide the power of productivity to generate creative, full colour output while maintaining peak efficiency.

The KIP Color 80 system produces lightfast, UV-proof prints which do not fade or exhibit colour deterioration from exposure to light. Users value the fast, economical production of colourful banners, posters and signs. Oversized graphics displayed in hallways or placed in windows attract attention while large, full colour business-style graphics deliver the right message at meetings, sales presentations, and legal briefs. KIP Color 80 prints are ideal for most applications because of their ability to deliver high resolution image quality at production print speeds with low operational costs.

Features include:

• High Quality Colour Images

• LED printing technology system for durable full colour prints

• High-resolution output is true 600 x 600 dpi

• Toner system is UV and water resistant for maximum durability

• Advanced colour management features

• Automatic density controls ensure colour consistency

• Unprecedented Productivity

• Constant colour print production speed regardless of image type

• Print sizes from 8.5 x 11 inches to 36 inches by 100+ feet

• Production class print server provides fast colour file processing

• Four online media decks with on-the-fly roll changing

• Integrated stacking and folding solutions

• Bold, Expressive Colour Output

True 600 dpi resolution enables accurate reproduction of fine lines, oblique lines, curved lines, and small characters without distortion. Mixed fill areas and color gradients are handled efficiently to produce life like results when printing colour renderings and photographic information.

The KIP Color 80 features a unique, high-speed processor which drives the printer with high precision and helps ensure optimal image quality and color accuracy. This advanced processing system enables the printer to handle large volumes of data while optimizing output of complex, high-color images and renderings for maximum readability and color accuracy.

In the world of wide-format documentation, production speed is a key element to market success. The KIP 80 printer offers superb resolution at remarkable speeds, thanks to proven KIP LED imaging technology. In addition, auto-switching media rolls provide non-stop printing for maximum production.

The KIP Color 80 printer features a total of five media feed options: four online roll decks and manual bypass sheet feed enables the printer to accept both roll media as well as cut-sheet media for a high level of printing versatility.
Designed for convenient use in any environment, the KIP 80 is compatible with a wide range of media types:

Bond: 20, 24, and 32 pound

Film: 2 mil Opaque Outdoor, 3-4 mil Polyester, 4 mil Clear, 6 mil Clear Adhesive; 6 mil Opaque Adhesive

Specialty Media: 20 pound Blueback; 24 pound Rite in Rain All Weather Paper; 32 pound Gloss

KIP is committed to product designs that promote environmental health and sustainability. "Our goal is to consistently improve and refine the technologies in KIP products that keep our planet green. The greatest environmental benefit of KIP products is through the actual operation of our products and solutions. Customers increasingly value environmental aspects of products, such as energy efficiency, emissions reduction and the ability to recycle exhausted supply containers. We differentiate our products by integrating such features to deliver a low total cost of ownership and an improved user experience".

Epson launches Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 printers

Epson Stylus Pro 7700

Epson has launched two new additions to its Stylus Pro inkjet printer range, the SP7700 and SP9700. At 24in and 44in respectively, the Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 are packed with the latest Epson technologies that add precision, reliability and productivity to a wide range of professional printing applications.

Epson technology is renowned for delivering fast, efficient printing. The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 are designed to produce faster output without compromising print quality, by using advanced compression and decompression technologies that speed up data during printing. The printers feature the latest Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, which is optimised to work with a five colour ink set, a subset of Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink incorporating cyan, vivid magenta, yellow, photo black and matte black. The print head delivers perfectly accurate dots with virtually no misting or satellites. Perfect smoothness and detail is down to Epson Variable-Size Droplet technology (VSDT), which can produce droplets as small as 3.5 picolitres.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 produce prints with even more impact thanks to the Vivid Magenta Technology. Vivid Magenta gives a wider colour gamut, which in turn provides enhanced colour accuracy. This is particularly noticeable for blues, magentas, reds and oranges, giving prints a more natural and life-like appearance. The ink set also includes both Matte and Photo black inks, which maximises quality on any given media. The printer automatically selects the optimum black ink to match the media, which adds convenience and productivity to the printing process and reduces cost.

Prints from the Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 are highly light-fast and will retain their colour and quality for longer, wherever they are used. The specifically formatted pigment inks are water-resistant and have excellent colour stability, for long-lasting prints which are dry and stable very shortly after emerging from the printer.

There is a range of features of the Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 which makes the printing process as easy and as flexible as possible. Fast network connection, clear control and straightforward operation and maintenance are built in. The high-visibility 320x200 pixel control panel screen shows all aspects of the printer from ink levels and quick cleaning to paper cutting and job cancellation. Barcode printing is a way to keep track of media during changes and can eliminate misprints due to lack of media. The new spindle-less flange system makes changing roll paper easier and takes up less space. It handles a wide variety media types, sizes and tensions and the new rotary paper cutter is more durable, cuts smoothly and cleanly in seconds, so there is no need for manual cutting.

Intelligent software helps users get the most out of the Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 by keeping track of all aspects of printing, streamlining the workflow and enhancing creativity. The new intuitive printer driver is easy to use and can be customised for different levels of information and print and media settings. These printers include the drivers to support the AutoCad HDI interface for high speed and precision accuracy.

Epson's Layout Manager, a new function within the printer driver, enables the easy importation and layout of data created in various applications. Functions such as Move, Enlarge/Reduce, Rotate and Fit-to-Roll simplify workflow and reduce waste.

Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 key features summary:

  • Advanced 10-channel Epson MicroPiezo™ print head
  • 5-colour Epson UltraChrome HDR (subset) ink technology with Vivid Magenta Technology - Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Matte Black and Photo Black
  • 1440x1440 dpi resolution with Epson Variable-sized Droplet technology
  • Handles roll or cut sheet media up to 24" for SP7700 and 44" for SP9700 and 1.5mm thick
  • New flange roll holder for fast and easy media changeover
  • 2.5" colour LCD control panel with white backlight
  • Built-in rotary media cutter enables fast, automatic, accurate media cutting
  • Available from December 2009
  • Price (excluding VAT): Stylus Pro 7700 - £2,395, Stylus Pro 9700 - £4,795