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06-Oct-2014 The Global Launch of the New "Texart" Inkjet Printer

Roland DG Announces the Global Launch of its New "Texart" Inkjet Printer for Exclusive Use in Textile Printing, the First Product from its Newly-Formed Textile Department

Hamamatsu, Japan, October 6, 2014 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, today announced the launch of the new "Texart" brand for exclusive use in digital textile printing. Following on from previous generations of complete textile solutions, including printer and sublimation ink, Roland DG is proud to release the 64-inch RT-640 as the first product in the new Texart generation lineup. The RT-640 is a state-of-the-art dye sublimation transfer printer featuring the latest generation print head, innovative print control technology, powerful RIP software and a choice of four-colour (CMYK) or eight-colour (CMYKLcLmOrVi) original dye sublimation ink and is backed by a comprehensive Roland warranty.

 

"One of the RT-640's major innovations is our new Texart ink and the bulk ink delivery system" said Yuko Maeda, general manager of the Textile Market Development Department. "The newly developed Texart ink delivers bold and vibrant colours with deep and rich blacks. Adding orange and violet inks increases the colour gamut and allows for exceptional reds, oranges, deep blues and purples, while light cyan and light magenta provide subtle gradation and a remarkably fine level of detail." Available in economical one litre bags, the RT-640 can be configured to deliver either one litre per colour in eight colour mode, or two litres per colour in CMYK, each with an automatic ink changeover system. To best leverage the new ink system and customer workflows, users have a choice between Roland VersaWorks Server Edition RIP and ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software, the later specifically developed for the RT-640 by ErgoSoft, one of the premier RIP vendors in the textile printing industry.

The RT-640 offers numerous features custom made for digital textile productions. Among entry-level dye sublimation transfer printers, the RT-640 has achieved the industry's highest level of practical print speed, 22.0m2/h and high speed 2-pass modes of 32.6m2/hr. in this market segment. A customised fan absorption system keeps transfer paper flat for printing combined with a newly designed media Feed Adjuster at the front and back provides even tensioning and prevents skewing, even over long distances.

Masahiro Tomioka, chairman and president of Roland DG commented, "We see huge potential in digital textile printing, and established our Textile Market Development Department just a year ago in October 2013 with a firm commitment to make a full-scale entry into the market. I believe the digital textile printing business will become one of our core businesses and the next growth driver for the company.

Maeda agreed, stating, "The digital printing market for textiles shows great promise with research showing an expected surge in demand and double-digit growth rates for the coming years." Demand for digital printers is growing as a means of increasing the efficiency of high-mix, low-volume production and tailored production in a wide range of fields, including fashion apparel, interior decor, gifts and promotional goods. Roland DG has again provided the market with a number of solutions including the manufacture of soft signage printed on fabric (such as polyester banners and flags) and decorations on sportswear garments. And now we offer a dedicated brand for textiles that has been developed to capitalise on the increasing size and growth potential of the market.

Maeda continued, "The RT-640 is based on our core inkjet printing technology cultivated through years of experience in the sign and display and textile markets, combined with our extensive market and user research in the specialist textile printing market. I believe the RT-640 offers users a comprehensive, optimal combination of superb quality, vivid colouring and highly stable performance needed for professional textile printing."

Roland DG is increasing production of the new RT-640 as part of the new manufacturing plant expansion. Global shipping will begin in February 2015 with full global stocks available in March. To find out more about the RT-640, or to register your interest today, please contact Roland DG Australia on 02 9975 0000 or sales@rolanddg.com.au.

24-Sep-2014 Roland Dental Mills Receive VITA ENAMIC Hybrid Ceramic Certification

Hamamatsu, Japan, August 26, 2014 - Roland DG Corp has announced that its DWX-50 and DWX-4 dental mills have been validated by VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) for use with the company's new hybrid ceramic material VITA ENAMIC®.

“Dental labs are increasingly working with VITA ENAMIC® due to its enormous strength and superb esthetics” said Takuro Hosome, Market Development Manager for Roland DG Corp. “Equipped with optional ZDB-100D/50D/30D milling burs, our DWX-50 and DWX-4 customers worldwide can now take full advantage of this cutting-edge material.”

VITA ENAMIC® is a hybrid ceramic material, which combines high load capacity and aesthetics of a dental ceramic with elasticity of a dental composite. It is acclaimed in the industry for its resistance since masticatory forces are absorbed. VITA ENAMIC is finished without firing, which reduces labor and production time.

Paired with VITA’s ENAMIC® and Roland’s ZDB-100D/50D/30D milling burs, that developed specifically for dental hybrid type materials, such as VITA ENAMIC®. DWX-50 is the perfect way to extend material capability of dental labs. Five-axis simultaneous machining capabilities and a 5-station automatic tool changer streamline production, and its open architecture design allows seamless integration with commercially available dental CAD/CAM software and hardware.

Roland’s DWX-4 features 4-axis milling and an optional 4-position Automatic Tool Changer into a compact and easy-to-use production platform. Using with ZDB-100D/50D/30D milling burs, the DWX-4 can achieve an excellent accuracy and quality for VITA ENAMIC®.

For more information on VITA ENAMIC®, please visit www.vita-zahnfabrik.com.

02-Jul-2014 The new VersaEXPRESS RF-640 Wide Format Printer

Roland Introduces the New VersaEXPRESS 64-inch Printer, Designed for High-Speed Production and Superior Print Quality, All at a Smart Price 

Sydney, Australia, July 2, 2014 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, has introduced the new 64-inch VersaEXPRESS RF-640, a high-speed production printer that delivers outstanding print quality at an affordable price point.

"The new VersaEXPRESS printer line was designed to meet the demands of the competitive global marketplace by providing unmatched performance and value at a low price," said John Wall, Roland DG Australia President & Director. "Sign shops and print service providers worldwide, and especially in emerging countries, require affordable volume production solutions that will help them increase their productivity and profits. Offering high-speed printing, superior image quality, competitively low running costs and ease of use, the RF-640 is the ideal production tool for many shops."

The RF-640 features Roland's advanced print control technology for quality imaging and colour consistency. It is supported by a robust take-up system as well, which stabilises production at print speeds up to 48.5m2/h, with real, day to day production speeds of 13-18m2/h. Equipped with the new Roland Ink Switching System, the RF-640 further increases productivity by supporting unattended continuous printing. This unique system allows users to load a backup cartridge that automatically discharges ink to the printer when the primary cartridge is empty.

Other advanced features include an industrial high-performance print head, GREENGUARD Gold certified, low-VOC ECO-SOL MAX® 2 inks, and new optimised profiles which together deliver vivid, rich colors at an ink savings of up to 20%*1 when compared to previous models. Easy to operate, the RF-640 features the new Roland Printer Assist*2 system, which allows you to manage printer functions remotely from the printer. With this intuitive new app, you can also monitor the printer status and manage jobs comfortably from your iPad*3 for maximum convenience and efficiency. A redesigned front-loading ink cartridge unit provides easy access to cartridges while minimising the printer's footprint. Other key features include media loading levers positioned in both the front and back, and special media brackets that support even the heaviest media rolls as they are loaded into place.

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*1 Results are based on Roland DG's comparison test between the RF-640 and RE-640. The numbers vary depending on the use conditions.

*2 Roland Printer Assist is a free downloadable app available from the iTunes*4 App Store and needs to operate on a WAN that the printer is connected to.

*3 iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple, Inc.

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