23 Jun 2021

Screen launches Truepress Jet1600UV-F: Its latest tool for Sign and Display Printing

Screen Truepress Jet 1600

Screen's Truepress family of sophisticated digital printing systems continues to add new members with innovative capabilities to address different opportunities for printers in a changing marketplace. Today Screen launches the Truepress Jet1600UV-F, a high-quality inkjet printing system developed for the sign and display business. It makes its debut at Print 09.

"The Truepress Jet1600UV-F delivers high precision and high flexibility," said Rob Hageman, European Product Manager, Screen Europe. "This easy-to-use flatbed device is built around the latest technology for inkjet printing and UV-LED curing."

The Truepress Jet1600UV-F is a welcome addition to the printing landscape not only because it enables vivid, full-colour printing of signs and displays. Its advanced functionalities also provide printers with significant advantages in the production of backlit graphics, wide-format posters, point-of-purchase displays, commercial furniture and construction signage.

The Truepress Jet1600UV-F prints images up to 1,602mm (63in) wide and up to 3,100mm (122in) long. It is capable of printing 13 sqm (140 sqft) per hour on a diverse array of substrates up to 50mm (1.96in) thick.

HIGH PERFORMANCE
Several unique features make the Truepress Jet1600UV-F ideal for printing operations that require high performance. The inks are hard-dried using ultraviolet rays produced by dedicated light emitting diodes (LEDs). The UV-LED light source used by the Truepress Jet1600UV-F generates very low heat during imaging, increasing the range of media that it can handle efficiently. As a result, the Truepress Jet1600UV-F accommodates such heat-sensitive materials as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic and styrene panels without warping or distortion. The UV-LED light source also lasts longer and draws less electricity than conventional UV lamps so its impact on the environment is minimized.

"The UV-LED technology helps achieve low energy consumption and a work environment mostly free of volatile organic compounds," Hageman pointed out.

NEW IMAGING SYSTEM
A newly created imaging system features eight individual printing heads that support rapid printing. The enhanced productivity allows the Truepress Jet1600UV-F to take on fast-turnaround jobs in quick succession.

The new head positioning system incorporates a high-resolution linear scale. The extremely precise dot placement translates into legible type on large-size prints, even when outputting sizes down to 3-point text. The reproduction is exceptionally sharp and the tints and gradations exceedingly smooth thanks to the maximum resolution of 1,200 dpi x 1,200 dpi, coupled with the piezo variable-drop printhead that emits up to seven dot sizes.

FLEXIBLE AND RIGID INKS
Two types of UV ink, one for flexible media and the other for rigid media, give operators a great deal of choice in printing applications. Available in four process colours, the flexible UV ink can be stretched by up to 200 percent, as well as cast or bent. It exhibits excellent performance on white media, including substrates employed for packaging, POP displays and life-size panels.

The rigid ink resists friction and exposure to damaging chemicals. This ink series is particularly well suited to printing on aluminum composite panels and decorative illuminated film. It is offered with cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white inks. The addition of white ink ensures high-quality colour output on transparent, metallic and coloured media.

 

Roland DG Announces New VersaCAMM SP-i Series of Inkjet Print&Cut Devices

Sp 300i

Roland DG UK today announced the new VersaCAMM SP-i series printer/cutters delivering reliable performance and unmatched print quality for a low initial investment.

With the addition of new SP-i models, the VersaCAMM series now includes four print/cut models: the high performance 54” VP-540i and 30” VP-300i, and the more affordable 54” SP-540i and 30” SP-300i.

“We remain committed to providing our customers with a wide selection of inkjets to support their business demands in this challenging economic environment,” said Brett Newman, Head of Product Management, Roland DG (UK).  “The new SP-540i and SP-300i are our most powerful entry-level printer/cutters to date thanks to the addition of innovative Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology.  This revolutionary upgrade ensures superior image quality and 1.5 times the productivity of the previous SP models in standard print mode.  Easy-to-use Roland VersaWorks 3.2 operation software complete with ink consumption and print time calculation tools is also included, making the SP-i a complete digital printing solution.”

The first opportunity to see this new machine in action will be at this month’s Sign and Digital Ireland taking place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin September 23rd to 24th alongside other exciting new products, including the only sneak preview worldwide of a machine not yet available for release.

New Roland VersaCAMM SP-540i and SP-300i Features:

  • Complete production solution for professional-quality signs, banners, decals, labels, stickers, posters, POP displays, vehicle wraps, heat transfers for apparel and more
  • Low initial investment
  • Innovative Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology for professional print quality with smoother gradations and flawless solid colours
  • Increased throughput – up to 50 percent faster than the previous SP models in Standard print mode on vinyl and banner media
  • Integrated Print&Cut technology creates labels, decals and other graphics of any size and shape, on demand and without dies
  • Roland ECO-SOL MAX ink
  • Produces brilliant colours for both indoor and durable outdoor display
  • Virtually odour free and packaged in easy-handling sealed cartridges
  • Supports a wide variety of media including adhesive-back vinyl, banner, paper, film, tarpaulin and heat transfer paper
  • Cost effective for short production runs
  • Intuitive Roland VersaWorks operation software included
  • Handles media rolls up to 30kg (66 lbs.) for the SP-540i and 20kg (44 lbs.) for the SP-300i
  • As easy to operate as any other office equipment
  • Legendary Roland reliability and world-class service and support including workshops and seminars through the Roland DG Academy
  • Roland Eco Label and Energy Star Program certified
  • Available in 54”-wide and 30”-wide models


Roland VersaWorks Operation Software, Designed Exclusively for the Company’s Inkjet Devices

Every SP-540i and SP-300i comes complete with VersaWorks 3.2, Roland’s own easy-to-use RIP software for professional print quality. VersaWorks includes advanced features such as the Roland Color System which enables users to accurately reproduce spot colours using Roland Color charts and swatch books. Variable Data Printing makes it easy to create a series of individualized prints based on one template, with each print featuring its own photos, messages, numbers and names. In addition, VersaWorks estimates the ink usage and print time for each graphic so users can accurately monitor their time and costs.  Users can also update VersaWorks software automatically through the Internet. Based on the genuine Adobe CPSI3018 PostScript engine, VersaWorks is designed for speedy performance and compatibility. VersaWorks supports Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and later versions of the Windows operating system.

Roland DG announce Large Format Inkjet with Metallic ink

Roland DG Metallic Ink Printer 

The world's first large format metallic inkjet printer: Open up a whole world of new opportunity, and set yourself apart from the competition in an increasingly competitive marketplace, with the world’s first mainstream large format inkjet printer to feature metallic inks - another first from Roland DG.

Imagine: all the speed and versatility of a high-speed Roland production printer, including integrated Print&Cut, plus the added versatility and profit potential of metallic ink.

New technology, new opportunities, new profit

Fast, effective and affordable, the new metallic ink solution from Roland will open up a whole new revenue stream for your business.


See the worldwide preview on Stand E2 at Sign & Digital Ireland, taking place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, September 23rd to 24th.

Further attractions on Stand E2 include the new VersaCAMM SP-i series, and the new faster VersaUV LEC-330, which also make their public debuts at the show.


Not visiting the show? Pre-register your interest in Roland Metallic Inkjet printing by contacting Roland DG UK on Tel: 0845 230 9060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New VersaUV LED UV Inkjet Printer/Cutter Achieves Double The Productivity On A Wider Range Of Media

Roland VersaUV LEC-330

Roland DG Corporation, the pioneer of integrated Print&Cut technology, today introduced the LEC-330, the company’s newest VersaUV LEC UV ink curable 30”-wide inkjet printer/cutter. Based on award-winning VersaUV technology, the LEC-330 prints CMYK+White+Gloss all in one device for luxurious, customized graphics with unique special effects and finishes. The LEC-330 delivers greater overall performance and versatility than the LEC-300, with higher image quality, up to twice the productivity in standard print mode, and support for an even wider range of materials including rigid substrates. The LEC-330 is ideal for applications ranging from high-end package prototyping to control panel production and small lot production of labels and decals.

VersaUV Special Effects and Finishes

Roland VersaUV LEC-330 applications
(From left to right: multi-layered printing, gloss finish, matte finish, and high-density white ink printing)

“The new LEC-330 offers greater media compatibility, production-level print speeds and three unique ink combinations,” said Mat Drake Print Product Manager, Roland DG (UK). “Designed for a host of short-run production, packaging prototyping and labelling applications, the LEC-330 is an exceptional tool that can save time, lower pre-press costs and generate new revenues for commercial printers.”
The new LEC-330 includes a high-quality artistic print mode (1440 x 1440 dpi) for sharp, detailed graphics and text.  Additional print heads and innovative Roland Intelligent Pass Control® technology further enhance image quality. Production level print speeds enable professionals to manage urgent requests for quick delivery of prototypes, labels and products. To meet their individual business requirements, users can also choose from three ink combinations: the standard ink configuration supporting the widest variety of applications (CMYK+White+Gloss), a high-opacity white ink configuration (CMYK+White+White) and a thick gloss-ink-effect configuration (CMYK+Gloss+Gloss).

The first opportunity to see this new machine in action will be at this month’s Sign and Digital Ireland taking place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin September 23rd to 24th alongside other exciting new products, including the only sneak preview worldwide of a machine not yet available for release.

VersaUV Applications:

Roland VersaUV LEC-330 applications
(From left to right: package prototypes, labels and decals, cosmetics package prototypes, operation panel prototypes for industrial products, custom-made goods and interior décor items)

New VersaUV LEC-330 Features:

  • 30” LED-UV inkjet printer/cutter
  • Supports a wide range of applications including package prototyping, control panel production and small lot production of labels, decals and custom graphics
  • Beautifully prints a design in CMYK, White and Gloss inks for finished graphics with rich special effects created by multiple layers of gloss
  • Prints on a wide variety of media including paper, film, leather, card stock, plastic, polycarbonate and other rigid substrates (except metals) up to 1 mm (0.04”) thick
  • High-quality artistic print mode (1440 x 1440 dpi) rivals offset and gravure print quality for applications that require sharp, detailed graphics and text
  • Roland Intelligent Pass Control® technology achieves smooth gradations and flawless solid colours
  • Can combine matte and gloss finishes in multiple layers for interesting patterns and textures – even Braille
  • Produces brilliant, durable colour graphics that can be flexed and stretched around edges and curves without feathering or cracking
  • Higher productivity at an affordable cost
  • No plates or films required to produce graphics
  • Produces finished prototypes, labels and products quickly for next-day delivery to customers (For example, 100 wine bottle labels, as shown above, were produced in 46 minutes)
  • Prints CMYK, opaque White and Gloss inks in both gloss and matte finishes for unmatched versatility
  • Available in three ink configurations to meet individual business requirements:
  • CMYK+White+Gloss – Standard ink configuration supporting the widest variety of applications
  • CMYK+White+White – High-opacity white ink configuration enables printing on transparent films for soft package prototyping
  • CMYK+Gloss+Gloss – Creates thick gloss ink effects such as embossing
  • Prints and digitally die cuts graphics in virtually any shape automatically through one seamless workflow
  • Includes powerful, easy-to-use Roland VersaWorks® RIP software for precision colour management
  • Easy setup and maintenance
  • Long-lasting LED lamps
  • Operate on demand, without pre-heating or cooling down between uses
  • Last approximately 10,000 hours – up to five times longer than industry standard halogen lamps
  • Automatic White Ink Circulation System prevents the pigment from settling, minimizes ink waste and ensures continuous printing without interruptions
  • Energy efficient – Roland Eco Label and Energy Star Program certified


Roland VersaWorks® Professional Colour Management RIP Software Included

VersaUV LEC inkjets include VersaWorks 3.2, the latest version of Roland’s colour management RIP software. VersaWorks supports Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology for exceptional image quality and features the Roland Color System for precision spot colour matching. With VersaWorks, users can print swatch books and colour charts, reference tools that make communication with clients easier. In addition, VersaWorks estimates the ink usage and print time for each graphic so users can accurately monitor production time and costs. The Roland@NET auto update service allows easy, automated access to updated VersaWorks versions and profiles. VersaWorks supports Windows Vista® and 2000/XP.

Allen Datagraph Systems launches the Itech Axxis Digital Label System

iTech AXXIS Digital Label System Printer

Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. (ADSI) announces the launch of a revolutionary new product for the printing and finishing of high-quality, short-run labels on a wide variety of substrates:  The iTech AXXIS Digital Label System.

"Many small-to-medium-sized companies have the need for high quality labels. However the cost associated with purchasing small quantities of high quality labels is one of the biggest issues these companies have to resolve - while still offering products that are appealing to the consumer at the point of sale. Until today, they had only a few options," explains Mark Vanover, VP Sales and Marketing at ADSI.  "They were required to purchase labels in large quantities creating inventory that may never be used, or they paid a high premium for short-run labels - both options decreasing their profitability. Their last option was to use inferior pre-cut label solutions. We believe that the iTech AXXIS Digital Label System represents a paradigm-shift in label manufacturing by offering a complete desktop label production system printing high quality labels at an astonishingly low cost per label to produce."

The iTech AXXIS Digital Label System, designed and assembled in the U.S., is comprised of both the iTech AXXIS Digital Label Printer, a high-resolution (5760 x 1440 dpi) roll-fed CMYK print engine featuring variable-droplet technology, and the iTech AXXIS Digital Label Finisher that laminates, integrates die-less die cutting, and both strips and rewinds the label roll.  Printing on substrate widths from 100 mm to 220 mm with an outside roll diameter up to 280 mm, the system images at up to 100 mm a second - or 6 meters per minute.

The complete iTech AXXIS Digital Label System, small enough to fit on a desktop yet engineered to handle high-productivity throughput, is priced at under Euro 25,000 in Europe.  "No other label system can offer the features of the iTech AXXIS Digital Label System for anything close to that investment," continues Vanover.  "We're turning the industry's assumptions of label production on its head by bringing affordable digital label manufacturing within reach of everyone. We believe the iTech AXXIS Digital Label System enables every converter to never have to walk away from their customers short-run label production needs again."

The first showing of the iTech AXXIS Digital Label System will be on the Epson America booth (7328) at Print '09, September 11-16, Chicago IL. (www.print09.com). The official launch of the iTech AXXIS Digital Label System will be on the ADSI booth (9F48) at Labelexpo Europe 2009, September 23 - 26, Brussels, Belgium (www.labelexpo-europe.com), the world's largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry.

The iTech AXXIS Digital Label System will be available for delivery in Q4 2009.

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 brings quality and convenience to large format printing

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Epson today announces the launch of its high specification professional A2+ photo printer, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Offering flexibility of use across a broad range of media the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 can be used by professional photographers and aspirational amateurs alike. Using Epson’s advanced, fourth generation UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment inks to deliver long lasting, high quality large format prints in both black and white and full colour, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 offers fast, flexible printing suitable for a number of applications.  With a uniquely small footprint the Stylus Pro 3880 is ideal for those with limited studio space and is fully equipped with all of the additional features that Epson users have become accustomed to, such as high speed connectivity with USB 2.0 and Ethernet.

Individual ink cartridges increase the economy of colour printing whilst Epson’s patented Micro Piezo print head ensures accurate ink placement. The combination of Epson’s pigment inks with the Epson Micro Piezo print head ensure colour prints show excellent colour stability, light fastness and colour gradation. Artists or those producing limited edition prints can be assured that each print will be the same as the first, even if printed months apart.

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 incorporates a special driver mode that allows professional users to create bespoke black tones and clear whites, offering a great level of precision and artistic control. This combined with the three levels of black and the enlarged greyscale supplied by Epson’s UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology, puts the Stylus Pro 3880 at the top of its class in producing sharp, precise and durable black and white prints. The ability to switch between photo and matte black as well as the neutral gradations users can achieve in colour and black and white make the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 ideal for photographers.

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 offers excellent colour stability after just 30 minutes with no visible colour shift, thus making it an ideal printer for use in proofing. Customers can sign-off proofs quickly and have the certainty that what they see is what they will get in the final print run. This consistency of output means that the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is also ideal for remote proofing.

The Stylus Pro 3880 is compatible with a wide range of Epson media including glossy paper, matte paper, fine art paper, plain paper, proofing paper and poster-board of up to 1.5mm in thickness. It is designed to support flexible paper handling for cut-sheet printing and users can benefit from border and borderfree printing in a range of photo sizes from 4"x6" up to 17"x22", helping to extend the usability this printer offers. The printer can be fed with different papers via three paper paths; auto sheet feeder, rear manual feeder for fine art paper and front manual insertion feeder for rigid media.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, commented: "The launch of the Stylus Pro 3880 makes Epson’s fourth generation UltraChrome K3 VM inkset available to a broader range of users and consolidates the Stylus Pro range. The combination of Epson’s latest hardware innovations, industry-leading ink technology and an exceptionally small footprint makes this printer a perfect match for photography, fine art, proofing and POS printing. The printer’s accuracy makes it ideal for the creation of long-lasting prints to sell, exhibit or include within portfolios."

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is the successor of the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and will be available from October 2009.

EPSON STYLUS PRO 3880 KEY FEATURES SUMMARY:
- Eight colour Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta expand the printable gamut and include three black inks for superb grey balance
- Print on a variety of different media and media surfaces from 4x6" up to 17x22"
- Ideally suited for fast and flexible printing in the photography, fine art, proofing, POS prints and graphics markets
- Uniquely compact A2+ printer makes it ideal for small studios
- ENERGY STAR® qualified
- RRP excluding VAT, £995 - available 01 October, 2009