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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.

02-Oct-2013 Introducing the new Roland VersaCAMM VS-i

The World's Best Just Got Better - Introducing the new Roland VersaCAMM VS-i Wide Format Printer/Cutters

Power your imagination with the next generation of the world’s best-selling printer in the durable graphics market*1 – an advanced yet affordable wide format printer/cutter equipped with the new ECO-SOL MAX®2 ink and a range of productivity and usability enhancements to deliver the versatility and exceptional image quality sought by print professionals. 

Sydney, Australia, October 2, 2013 - Roland DG Corporation, the leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional durable graphics, has introduced the new VersaCAMM VS-i Wide Format Printer/Cutter Series, including the 64-inch (1625mm) VS-640i, the 54-inch (1371mm) VS-540i, and the 30-inch (762mm) VS-300i.

"The new VS-i series continues Roland's rich history of innovation and builds upon the highly successful Roland VersaCAMM range - the world's best-selling printer in the durable graphics market," said John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director. "Leveraging Roland's leading print and cut technology, renowned reliability, and ease of use, and then adding to this a range of powerful new features and usability enhancements, the VS-i is one of the most versatile and affordable solutions available, and will no doubt remain the world's favorite printer/cutter for durable graphics."

The VS-i series incorporates the new high definition, nickel free ECO-SOL MAX®2 ink, available in nine colours including CMYKLcLm, White, Metallic Silver and Light Black. The new Light Black delivers accurate reproduction of grays and skin tones, for flawless photographic reproductions and seamless gradients. The latest generation white and metallic inks offer higher density than ever before, plus approximately 1.5 times faster production speed for white ink, and up to 2 times the speed for metallic ink compared to the previous model. All this enables the VS-i series to produce a versatile range of profitable applications including durable outdoor banners, metallic print and cut labels, transparent window graphics, striking vehicle wraps and high quality fine art prints.

In addition, the new VS-i series has a range of usability enhancements including front loading ink cartridges for easy user access, and the ability to adjust cut settings during operation to improve accuracy and flexibility on long or complex jobs and achieve flawless cutting results. The integrated contour cutting on the VS-i series can produce graphics of any shape in one seamless workflow. Backed by a comprehensive Roland warranty program and a range of premium after sales solutions through Roland DG Care including Roland DG Academy training and Roland DG Creative Center, the VS-i is a complete print solution for your business.

VersaCAMM VS-i Series Features:

  • Nine (9) colour eco-solvent wide format printer/cutter available in 3 models:
    • 64-inch (1625mm) VS-640i
    • 54-inch (1371mm) VS-540i
    • 30-inch (762mm) VS-300i
  • The industry's most advanced latest generation print head technology for reliable and stable production, outstanding image quality and high productivity
    • Innovative print head design fires droplets of seven different sizes, with settings that can be adjusted for specific media and print resolutions.
    • Print speeds up to 26.9m2/hr (288.9sqft./hr) for high production print modes.
    • Roland Intelligent Pass Control® precisely controls dot placement between passes for high quality images that are virtually free of banding.
    • Roland automated ink circulation systemto dramatically reduce maintenance costs of white and metallic silver inks and deliver consistent output quality.
  • New ECO-SOL MAX®2 ink produces rich, vibrant colours
    • Highly Durable, scratch resistant and virtually odorless
    • Fast, consistent drying across prints for even colours and sharp images and text
    • Supports coated and uncoated media
    • Environmentally friendly with no nickel compounds
    • GREENGUARD Gold certified
  • New ECO-SOL MAX®2 Light Black (Lk) ink
    • Achieves accurate gray colour reproduction and seamless gradations
    • Enhances the quality of subtle colours and skin tones which contain neutral colours
  • New white and metallic silver inks
    • Higher-density White ECO-SOL MAX®2 ink delivers approximately 1.5 times faster production speed while producing brighter, more opaque white text and graphics
    • Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX®2 delivers approximately 2 times faster production speed while the pigments are more reflective for maximum brightness
  • Five (5) different ink configurations of nine (9) colours including:
    • CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, White (CMYKLcLmLk+Wh)
    • CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, Metallic Silver (CMYKLcLmLk+Mt)
    • CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, White, Metallic Silver (CMYKLcLm+Wh+Mt)
    • CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black (CMYKLcLmLk)
    • Dual CMYK (CMYK+CMYK)
  • Usability enhancements including:
    • Front loading ink cartridges for easy access
    • Ability to adjust cut position while cutting
  • Roland Print & Cut technology for versatility
    • Prints and automatically contour cuts graphics to any shape
    • Ideal for custom applications such as POP, floor signage, stickers, vehicle decals or apparel heat transfers
  • Latest version of Roland VersaWorks®
    • Features built-in PANTONE® spot colour libraries to streamline the conversion process from PANTONE® to CMYK colours
    • Includes a predictive ink calculator that estimates the amount of ink needed and printing time for each job.
  • Roland OnSupport enables unattended printing by sending text or email messages to a smart phone or remote computer when a print job is completed or ink is running low.
  • Comprehensive Three Year Extended Warranty with Roland DG Care support.

For more information the new new VS-i series, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/vsi

*1 InfoTrends wide format data - 2009 Q4 to 2013 Q1, Solvent ink and durable aqueous ink technology category
*2 The total number of inkjet devices shipped from the company as of March 31, 2013. 

24-Sep-2013 New Larger Benchtop VersaUV LEF Printer

Roland Expands VersaUV Line with New Larger Benchtop Flatbed UV Printer - The VersaUV LEF-20

Sydney, Australia, Sept. 24, 2013 - Roland DG Corp. has introduced the VersaUV LEF-20, a new addition to its line of benchtop flatbed UV inkjet printers. At 20 inches (508mm) wide, the LEF-20 combines award-winning print technology, a new, more powerful LED curing system, advanced ECO-UV inks and optimised print control technology to bring greater productivity, outstanding print quality and ease of use to providers of custom promotional products, giftware and awards, as well as product designers and businesses specialising in UV printed items for the packaging and prototyping markets.

"Since its introduction two years ago, the revolutionary LEF series has opened up new creative possibilities for these businesses, enabling direct printing on a wide variety of solid materials," said John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director. "Now we have taken this technology to the next level. Inaddition to expanding theprint area, we have introduced a new LED curing system, advanced ECO-UV inks,and optimised print control technology which dramatically increase the LEF's productivity and overall performance."

The LEF-20 prints directly on materials measuring up to 508 mm width, 330 mm length and 100 mm in height. Its powerful UV-LED lamp cures the ink much faster than the previous model,*1 printing at more than twice the speed for CMYK and gloss varnish. Up to 20 different presets are available to store settings for both the print area and height position. With this feature, users can automatically set up the LEF-20 for their most popular jobs, saving valuable time and labour.

The innovative UV-LED lamp cures UV inks instantly and allows users to print directly on a wide variety of substrates, including PET, ABS, polycarbonate, TPU,*2 leather and fabric materials, as well as 3D objects, ranging from golf balls, key chains and pens to metal tablet covers, smart phone cases, awards, and both industrial and consumer products.

The LEF-20 features Roland ECO-UV ink in CMYK, white and clear formulations for wide colour gamut, bright, high-opacity white images and text, and premium varnishing and embossing effects. For jobs involving transparent or dark coloured materials, the LEF-20 features advanced ECO-UV high-density white ink and optimised print control technology. Clear ECO-UV ink can be layered into interesting patterns and textures in both gloss and matte finishes.

To ensure the ultimate in reliability, the LEF-20 features an enclosed airtight cover to protect the operator from UV light during printing and to prevent dust from settling onto the surface of materials. The flatbed design of the LEF-20 automatically adjusts the distance between the print head and the surface of the material for maximum print quality.

The LEF-20 includes Roland VersaWorks® RIP print management software, which features an intuitive interface for easy operation and job management. Roland VersaWorks® allows the user to choose from generic print mode for printing fine details and distance mode for printing on curved surfaces. Variable data printing is also included, making it easy to personalise printed objects with individualised serial numbers, logos, graphics and names.

For more information, visit www.rolanddg.asia/lef20 or contact your local Authorised Roland Dealer.

*1 Introduced in 2011 as the industry's first desktop UV flatbed printer, the LEF-12 offers a print area of 305 mm width by 280 mm length.
*2 Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is commonly used to produce smart phone cases.

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