19 Jan 2021

Roland extends metallic ink printer range to cater for burgeoning demand


Roland Vs Range

Following the strong uptake of the VersaCAMM VS-640 with its metallic and white ink capabilities, Roland DG (UK) has extended the choice offered by its innovative print-and-cut technology with the addition of three cost-effective more compact models. Designated the VersaCAMM VS-540, VS-420 and VS-300, the 1.37 m, 1.07 m and 0.76 m printers utilise the same dedicated feed and print-head mechanism as the 1.62 m version, offering users the benefits of advanced ink handling technology and high quality results.

The versatile Roland VersaCAMM VS family is available in three options, with a CMYKLcLm configuration plus metallic and white and a standard six-colour ink version. The third solution for users wanting to benefit from fast, economical production is for dual CMYK which is aligned in a mirrored array for achieving quality output at higher production speeds.

The VersaCAMM VS series also benefits from Roland OnSupport which gives users remote tracking capabilities of their printers' activities. This on-line support system automatically sends e-mails direct to a computer or mobile phone with important notifications, such as when a job has been completed or when ink is running low. This feature enables the printer to run unattended as operators can rely on receiving real-time critical production information when they are away from the machine.

Being able to run the machine unattended is also enhanced by the printer's advanced media handling system. The take-up unit on the VS enables it to automatically rewind the media after printing so that it's perfectly positioned for the subsequent contour cutting. Once complete, it then moves the contour-cut output onto the take-up, all without any operator intervention.

In common with their larger counterpart, the three new Roland VersaCAMM VS machines are designed from the ground up to incorporate the company's Eco-Sol Max metallic and white inks. These are complemented by CMYKLcLm which, combined with the specially configured print-head array, output stunning results that also benefit from the company's library of more than 500 metallic shades.

It is straightforward to integrate metallic colours, pearlescent shades and white into signs and displays onto all industry standard materials which are compatible with Roland's Eco-Sol Max inks. The VersaCAMM VS family also benefits from the company's pioneering print-and-cut capabilities, enabling precision contour cutting of signs, stickers, decals and labels all of which can be raised to new creative dimensions with the inclusion of metallic and white elements.

Spurred on by the immediate success following the initial launch of metallic ink in its SolJet Pro III XC-540MT print-and-cut machine, Roland designed and engineered the very compact and remarkably low-priced VersaCAMM VS-640. This machine, which was launched in February 2010, takes precision one step further with a newly designed print-head configured in an array to enable high-speed bi-directional production without banding.

The construction of the ink feed in the VersaCAMM VS series is designed to accommodate the viscosity of both metallic and white formulations, ensuring accurate and seamless integration with the standard colour palette. Users are guaranteed easy and consistent operation, with Roland's recirculation system keeping the inks mixed and in the correct suspension which eliminates clogging of the particles and costly, time consuming maintenance and cleaning cycles.

Roland's Intelligent Pass Control and the greater range from the variable dots generated by the new generation print-head result in consistently vibrant and accurate output, with smooth gradations and vivid solid shades. The integrated recirculation function in the VersaCAMM VS range of machines means that there are no fluctuations in density, and the correct combination of metallic, white and colours is assured during printing.

Aware of the opportunities available using metallic and white inks in a versatile print-and-cut unit, Roland's decision to launch three smaller versions of its existing low-cost 1.62 m machine brings the technology within reach of the growing volumes of users wanting a compact solution for narrower width production. This is particularly important for the label and decal market sectors, both of which are becoming vital areas for sign-makers, display producers and commercial printers looking for higher margin, top quality ink-jet applications.

Because all Roland printers are supplied with the company's versatile VersaWorks RIP, it is easy for users to integrate metallics and white into their workflow without having to invest in additional software. Using any industry standard graphics' package, the RIP interprets the metallic layers available in the Roland Color System Library and blends them with process colours and white for dazzling results formerly only achievable using the screen process or offset litho.

"Roland's decision to offer a choice of sizes in its cost-effective VersaCAMM VS series is typical of the company's pioneering approach to present-day and future market needs," states Brett Newman, technical director at Roland DG (UK). "Roland is leading the field with its Eco-Sol Max metallic ink, now in its second generation, configuring it within printers which are specifically designed to handle both this chemistry and our own white ink formulation."


New Rhotex 320 soft signage printer to make North American debut at SGIA Expo

Durst Rhotex 320

Durst Image Technology US LLC will showcase the Rhotex 320, the company's new "industrial" inkjet printer for the soft signage markets that garnered a lot of positive attention at FESPA in June. It's making its North American debut at the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas.

Developed to address the growing popularity of lighter-weight, easier-to-install, higher-margin, reusable and “green” media options, the 10.5-foot-wide Rhotex 320 utilises environmentally benign water-based dye inks and on-board hot-air dryers on an advanced printing platform with Quadro Array 30D AQ print heads (designed specifically for Rhotex 320 water-based inks) to deliver POP-quality output at up to 775 sqft/hr.

Also in the Durst booth will be the five-meter Rho 500R Superwide Roll-to-Roll UV Inkjet Printer, chosen as the 2009 Digital Printing & Imaging Association's "Product of the Year" in the grand-format roll-to-roll UV-cured ink printer category, and the Rho 900 Large-Format UV Inkjet Printer—a 98-inch-wide printing platform that combines highly efficient automated media handling, "process color additions" and high-speed printing to deliver greater productivity and a wider colour gamut.

"The Rhotex 320 generated a high level of interest at FESPA earlier this year, and we're expecting a similar reception at SGIA," Howard said. "Our newest digital printing platform gives the industry a high-quality, high-production printer that specifically addresses the large and still growing demand for soft signage—flags, banners and wall coverings. We think the Rhotex 320 is the right 'tool' for where the market is today, and where it's heading tomorrow. We're also happy to exhibit our award-winning Rho 500R roll printer and the Rho 900 flatbed printer at this show as well."

As the imaging business progresses and both printing processes and media improve, the benefits of "soft signage" are becoming more apparent: light weight, easier transporting, ability to be reused, distinctive new “apps,” environmental advantages, and so on. The Rhotex 320 allows users not only to print in vibrant colours on the widest variety of soft media, but to print in high volumes at production speeds.

The six-colour printer—CMYK + Lc, Lm, Lk (gray), spot colours—features an inline ink dryer positioned ahead of the take-up roll to prevent smudging and sticking. An automated Capping Station covers all print heads automatically when the sled is in "park" position to eliminate evaporation of the printer's water-based inks. And an Integrated Ink Absorbing System keeps inks from penetrating through the media.

Along with Durst's workflow software, advanced feed/take-up systems and other high-tech capabilities, the Rhotex 320 can run unattended 24 hours a day. It features all the capabilities—efficient workflow software, Quadro Array 30D AQ print head technology, linear magnetic drive system, sophisticated media feed/take-up systems—found on the all latest Durst Rho printers.

The Rho 500R prints six-colour, 600-dpi images on five-metre vinyl, mesh and other superwide roll media at speeds up to 4,300 sqft/hr. It also is able to print three independent images from three separate job queues on three different 1.6-meter rolls all at the same time to achieve high efficiency and handle a broader range of applications. The printer operates unattended, uses less ink than comparable superwide platforms, and minimises operational costs due to its high productivity, advanced workflow and remarkable versatility.

High-performance carriage and linear motor drive systems, precision Push Media transport mechanisms, a proven front-to-back registration system, on-board laser media tracking sensors, Durst's intelligent dither technology, a range of user-settable parameters, and a variety of other innovative technologies combine to make the Rho 500R one of the most effective, economical large-format imagers ever developed.

The Rho 900 is equipped with Durst's Quadro 30D Array print head technology to deliver high speed, improved efficiency and exceptional image quality. Its media handling incorporates an auto-feed table with belts, sheet feed gate with guides for parallel board printing and an automated two-point pin registration system to ensure accurate front-to-back registration.

The Rho 900's process colour additions—orange & green or orange & violet—are printed in the same mode as its CMYK process colours. No special file preparation is necessary. These extra colours can be printed, even with white ink or light colours, with no loss in output speed to enable much smoother colour gradients and more even solids at production-level output speeds.

Top speed of the six-colour Rho 900 is up to 72 4x8-foot boards (more than 2,300 sqft) per hour, while the speed for POP-quality printing is a productive 34 4x8-foot boards (nearly 1,100 sqft) per hour. The user can incorporate the process colour additions with no loss of print speed. The Rho 900 also can print white, varnish and light colours along with the process colours to expand the possibilities of print jobs and applications.


Expand purchases latex printer from Hewlett Packard

Hp Scitex Lx800

Expand International has announced the addition of the 104-inch wide HP latex printer to their printing department. The HP Latex machine allows for a wider range of printable materials from fabric to vinyl and can produce graphic panels at a true production speed with the highest of quality. This wide-format printer provides Expand with the ability to produce graphics for most of Expand's portable indoor displays as well as their outdoor flags and retractable banner stands.

New water-based HP Latex Inks provide many of the benefits of solvent-ink technology without imposing the typical environmental, health and safety considerations. Prints produced with HP Latex Inks are odourless and emit extremely low levels of volatile organic compounds. No special ventilation is required, facilitating an improved printing environment. HP Latex Inks are not classified as hazardous waste and are non-flammable and non-combustible.

EFI’s New Rastek H652 and T1000 Wide-Format Digital Inkjet Printers Combine Best-in-Class Image Quality, Speed and Affordability


Rastek T1000

EFI  today introduced two new entry-level production wide-format digital inkjet UV printers, the Rastek H652 UV hybrid and the Rastek T1000 UV flatbed, aimed at production print shop environments where fast service, superior image quality and printing on the widest range of substrates are the keys to customer satisfaction and increasing profits. The new printers will be on display in EFI's booths at Graph Expo (Booth #2000, 3-6 October in Chicago) and SGIA (Booth #413, 13-15 October in Las Vegas).

"The Rastek H652 and T1000, the newest wide-format printers from EFI, offer stunning greyscale print quality up to 1200 dpi along with white ink capabilities, all at production speeds.  This provides print shops the opportunity to expand their offerings into new, unique applications to both grow and differentiate their businesses", said Scott Schinlever, vice president and general manager of EFI Rastek and EFI ink business. "Bringing these printers to market is yet another example of EFI's dedication to providing customer-focused solutions that provide superior profits to our customers".

EFI's Rastek H652 UV hybrid builds on the success of the popular H650, adding nearly twice the speed without sacrificing image quality. Reaching speeds of up to 42 sq metres per hour in greyscale print quality with resolution up to 1200 dpi, the new Rastek H652 handles a wide range of rigid and flexible materials up to 4.5 cm thick and 162.5 cm wide, making it the perfect, affordable entry-level production UV hybrid solution for businesses that want to offer wide-format applications ranging from banners and billboards to posters and point-of-purchase graphics. With white ink capabilities and greyscale high resolution print quality, the H652 delivers saturated colours and smooth gradients.

EFI's Rastek T1000 flatbed has a three-zone, 132 x 249 cm vacuum table with the versatility to quickly and easily handle materials up five cm thick, including difficult-to-handle substrates that require superior hold-down.  With speeds up to 43 sq metres per hour and greyscale print quality with resolution up to 1200 dpi, the T1000 is ideal for creating head-turning posters, point-of-purchase advertisements including lenticular, along with speciality industrial applications such as membrane switches and packaging applications.  The T1000 offers white ink capabilities with no compromise in print speeds, with the ability to print in white at the same speed as CMYK.

Both the Rastek H652 and the Rastek T1000 expand the range of unique, high-margin applications that will differentiate businesses from their competition and help fuel profits for sustainable growth. For more information on the EFI Rastek H652 and T1000 wide-format digital printers, visit EFI at Graph Expo (Booth #2000) in Chicago from 3-6 October or at SGIA (Booth #413) in Las Vegas from 13-15 October.


KIP announces the next generation of decentralised wide format multifunction systems

Kip 700

KIP has launched two new decentralised multifunction systems, aimed at entry level to mid volume production use. The KIP 700 & 7100 Series systems set new standards for professional quality and performance with sophisticated feature sets previously available in high end multifunction systems.

"The new KIP 700 & 7100 Series systems deliver incredible value, exceptional performance and superior ease of use. With a highly sophisticated feature set that delivers premier KIP value and performance, the new KIP 700 & 7100 multifunction systems provide individual and workgroup productivity to a new market space," said Rich Gigl, vice president of marketing for KIP.

Features include:

  • Touchscreen printing: KIP 700 & 7100 systems offer users the ability to print documents from a variety of storage locations directly from the innovative KIP touch screen—eliminating the need for additional PC components.
  • Superior print quality for professional results: Using KIP HDP print imaging technology, the KIP 700 & 7100 Systems ensures exceptional quality output—sharp, fine details, smooth grey scales and brilliant renderings of 3-D drawings and intricate graphics.
  • KIP 700 & 7100 for today's colour workflow: For the ultimate in document workflow management in today's changing market environment, both new KIP systems have been fully colour enabled to scan file and copy to inkjet printers. Additionally, KIP Color Advanced provides users with features to optimise colour copy, print & scan workflows while simultaneously reducing costs.
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive interface: The KIP 700 & 7100 intuitive colour touch control interface makes work easier by guiding users through system operations. Advanced job management software allows users to prioritise workflow and delivers the ability to scan to and print from USB drives at the touchscreen interface.
  • Optimised workflow with innovative management software: The web & PC based KIP Software Suite optimises technical document printing—from desktop job submission to enterprise-wide print management. The KIP Accounting System allocates operational costs by department, project and customer, turning expenses into revenue.
  • Smart Eco2 design: The energy star qualified KIP 700 & 7100 systems provide positive economical and environmental impact with compact single footprint design, recyclable organic drums, 100 percent toner efficiency with Zero waste removal from the systems and a high percentage of recyclable parts.


Wider VersaUV from Roland opens up the market for more versatile UV-curable applications


Roland Versauv Lec 540 Printer

Following the success of its VersaUV LEC-330 innovative roll- and sheet-fed UV-curable print-and-cut solution, Roland DG (UK) has introduced a 1370 mm (54 inch) version which will appeal to users looking for high quality and niche application areas. Incorporating the company's LED curing technology and flexible inks, which include a highly opaque white and clear varnish, the new VersaUV LEC-540 is designed to output very fine quality displays, customised and prototyped packaging, control panels, labels and decals as well as industrial applications.

With a maximum resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 dpi and the ability to support thicker/rigid materials up to 1 mm, the Roland VersaUV LEC-540 benefits from a refined LED curing system for long life high production, and a new ink circulation system for lower running costs. The machine can be used to output matte and gloss clear varnish which can be applied in multiple layers to produce special effects and tactile finishes, including Braille.

The integrated cutting capabilities of the LEC-540 now incorporate new cutting, perforating and creasing tools, with the machine's table unit enabling thicker materials to be handled efficiently. Its versatility enables users to produce a vast range of high quality printed, cut, creased and folded applications from a single system, enhanced by the ability to output sophisticated gloss and matte textures.

Included with the VersaUV LEC-540, as with all Roland ink-jet systems, is the company's VersaWorks RIP. This comprehensive software solution includes 72 ready to use textures and special finishes so that users can easily produce unusual and distinctive effects which, hitherto, have not been available from a wide-format ink-jet printer.

Fine detail and sharp, clear text are enhanced with the use of Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology, with ease of set-up and production level print speeds allowing time-saving and efficient throughput of single and multiple jobs. Users can choose from three ink combinations of CMYK plus white and clear, CMYK plus two white ink channels for high opacity or CMYK plus two clear varnish channels, ideal for multi-layer effects.

Designed to output to most materials, the LEC-540 prints and cuts to a range of packaging substrates, vinyls, films and papers, artists' canvases and industrial products. Its long-life LED curing lamps ensure finished prints need no additional drying time, and its fine quality output is suitable for very close viewing.

"We're pleased to add this wider version of Roland's UV-curable print-and-cut technology to our portfolio of versatile ink-jet products," states Brett Newman, Technical Director of Roland DG (UK). "The potential of the VersaUV is continually being discovered by users wanting to move into niche markets where special effects across a wide range of materials and different types of application can be produced to very exacting standards. The generous size of this new machine will enable increasingly innovative displays to be created and generated whilst the improved cutting and creasing tools benefit the labelling, prototyping and packaging sectors."