New Roland Hybrid UV-LED Inkjet Printer
Roland Expands VersaUV Range with a new 64" Model
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, APRIL 28, 2011 - Roland DG Corporation., a worldwide leader in wide-format UV-LED inkjet technologies, today introduced the new 64-inch (1625mm) LEJ-640 UV-LED inkjet printer. The newest addition to Roland's award-winning VersaUV line, the LEJ-640 prints CMYK, White and Clear Gloss inks on a wide variety of flexible roll media and rigid substrates up to 13mm (.51") thick. Versatile by design, the LEJ-640 enables professionals to explore exciting new options for applications ranging from wide-format signage, displays and window graphics to POP, packaging prototypes and interior décor items.
"The LEJ-640 prints directly onto lightweight board and cardboard up to 13mm (.51") thick, widely used for decorated trade show and store displays," said Conrad Birkett, Roland DG Business Development Manager. "As a hybrid printer, it also supports flexible roll media such as window film. Innovative UV-LED lamps cure UV inks instantly, allowing users to finish graphics immediately without the delays associated with drying time."
The LEJ-640 is equipped with a host of advanced features that together streamline the production workflow, including a media-securing mechanism that holds flat substrates in place. This mechanism ensures that the substrate's form and surface finish remain intact, and supports even the thickest packaging materials. At 64 inches wide, the LEJ-640 allows users to quickly and easily create a wide variety of packaging prototypes -from folding cartons for cosmetics, medicine, electronic devices and software to flexible packaging such as for food and candy, with realistic details and finishes including custom varnishing and embossing effects.
(From left to right: add a gloss finish to cosmetic POP displays to create a luxurious luster；choose from a wide variety of board stock for exhibits and décor；create realistic packaging prototypes using corrugated board and other rigid materials.)
Roland VersaUV LEJ-640 Features
- 64-inch hybrid UV-LED inkjet printer
- Prints on a wide variety of rigid substrates and flexible roll media up to 13 mm (.51") thick and 1,625mm (64 inches) wide
- Produces highly customized graphics, including indoor signage, interior décor items, trade show displays, POP, large-format window graphics and small lot packaging prototypes
- Features ECO-UV inks in CMYK, high-density White and Clear Gloss for exceptional print quality
- Layers of Clear Gloss ink create both gloss and matte finishes including 72 ready-to-apply geometric patterns from the Roland Texture Library in VersaWorks®
- High density White ink prints crisp, bright text and graphics on a range of colored and transparent media
- High-quality artistic print mode (1440 x 1440 dpi) rivals screen, gravure and offset print quality for applications that require sharp, detailed graphics and text
- Powerful, easy-to-use Roland VersaWorks® RIP software offers precision color management
- Energy efficient UV-LED lamps are cool to the touch for a safe printing environment
- Easy setup and maintenance
- Automated white ink circulation system prevents pigment from settling, minimizes waste and ensures continuous uninterrupted printing
- Roland OnSupport allows remote online production tracking
- Available in three ink configurations
- 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 - Generates thick gloss effects such as embossing
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Sydney, Australia, May 31, 2016 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the release of fluorescent ink specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye sublimation printers.
Developed specifically for dye-sublimation transfer printing, Texart printers deliver outstanding print quality and productivity for sportswear, fashion, soft signage, decor, promotional merchandise and much more. The new inks, Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Yellow (Fy), can be combined with Roland DG’s Texart process ink colours to produce hundreds of vivid fluorescent hues. The proprietary Roland DG Fluor Colour Library swatch palette can be installed in Adobe® Illustrator® and CorelDRAW® for unmatched ease of use and colour customisation. Simply clicking the desired colours in the swatch palette allows you to quickly and easily incorporate brilliant and pastel fluorescent colours into your dye sublimation output.
According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Digital Printing market development for Roland DG, the new fluorescent inks will be available mid-July of 2016 in a configuration of CMYKOrViFpFy for the Texart XT-640 and RT-640 printers with ErgoSoft Roland Edition software RIP. “There is growing demand for custom one-off and small-lot production in the growing field of textile decoration,” she said. “We believe the addition of fluorescent ink will not only enhance the versatility of our Texart printers, but greatly expand textile printing possibilities for our users, especially for sports and fashion apparel.”
Roland DG will showcase a large quantity of sample textile applications created using fluorescent ink at DRUPA 2016, the world’s largest international tradeshow for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 31 to June 10, 2016, at its booth: Hall 9, Booth E04-1.
Innovative Attachment Allows for Easy, Precise Printing on Bottles and Cylindrical Objects
Sydney, Australia, May 17, 2016 - Roland DG Australia has announced the availability of a new RotaPrint attachment for the company’s VersaUV LEF Series flatbed printers that makes printing directly on bottles and other cylindrical objects easier and more effective than ever. Simple to install and remove, the RotaPrint utilises the LEF’s existing feed system, enabling it to print cleanly and precisely onto glass, plastic, metal or ceramic objects with a diameter between 40 to 77mm*.
Developed by DigiGraphics exclusively for use with Roland’s LEF-12, LEF-20, and LEF-300, the RotaPrint’s ingenious design makes it ideal for LEF owners looking for a highly accurate and efficient rotary-printing solution. The lightweight yet incredibly rugged RotaPrint fits perfectly within the LEF, attaching to the printer via a series of magnets. The RotaPrint is also unique in that it doesn’t feature any motors or electrical connections. Instead, it is powered solely by the motion of the printer, allowing for maximum simplicity and efficiency.
“The RotaPrint further expands the already impressive capabilities of Roland’s VersaUV LEF Series printers,” said Greg Stone, Roland DG Australia Product Manager. “This incredible attachment works seamlessly with the LEF Series, allowing users to print vibrant, detailed graphics on cylindrical objects with ease and precision.”
To learn more about the RotaPrint visit: go.rolanddg.com/rotaprint or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
*Due to the varying surface finishes of some materials testing is recommended to ensure suitability of application.
TechShop is an international, open-access DIY workshop based in the US. A driving force behind the Maker Movement*1, each TechShop location is equipped with professional-quality tools, making it easy for non-professionals and professionals alike to give form to their ideas. It also acts as an innovation hub, bringing together companies, ranging from startups to major corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, creators, students, investors, and local communities to engage and interact with each other.
As the first TechShop location in Asia, TechShop Tokyo opened in the Ark Mori building in Minato Ward, Tokyo, in April 2016. It is equipped with more than 50 different state-of-the-art tools including a total of five Roland DG devices to foster members’ creative expression. With the VersaUV LEF-20 UV-LED flatbed inkjet printer, members can print vibrant color directly onto a wide range of substrates, including leather and film, as well as fabrics, plastics and three-dimensional objects. Users can create not only original goods but also customised models and prototypes. The MODELA PRO II MDX-540S mills a wide variety of materials including resin and non-ferrous metals for prototypes, snap-fit parts and all manner of 3D objects while the monoFab SRM-20 produces custom printed circuit boards for use in electronics manufacturing. With precision printing on a wide variety of metallic materials, the METAZA MPX-90 impact printer is ideal for adding value to products and parts by permanently imprinting logos, serial numbers and text.
Following its beginning in 1981, Roland DG has been committed to developing innovative digital technologies, including the world’s best-selling inkjet printers and 3D devices, under its vision of Transforming Your Imagination into Reality. Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG general manager of 3D markets, Easy Shape Business Development HQ said, “In the more than 30 years since we launched the world’s first desktop 3D milling machine, our 3D devices have been used by manufacturers for designing and prototyping, by schools for educating the next generation of designers and engineers, and by individual hobbyists for the creation of models. In recent years, Fab Labs*2 and makerspaces*3 are using our machines to produce the creative works and new business ideas of individuals all over the world.”
Shoichi Arisaka, President & Representative Director of TechShop Japan Limited, the operator of TechShop Tokyo, said, “We provide not only a facility for creators to work individually, but also a venue for co-creation and open innovation where diverse people refine ideas by sharing their knowledge. We believe that it will inspire individuals and company employees to create new projects that will change the world. Through TechShop Tokyo, we aim to expand the base of creativity in Japan as well as to shape the future of society where anyone can easily turn their ideas into reality.”
Roland DG shares TechShop’s concept of “BUILD YOUR DREAMS HERE” and plans to support the next generation of fabrication activities by providing innovative new digital tools that enhance people’s creativity and expand the potential of fabrication.
For more information about TechShop Tokyo, please visit http://www.techshop.jp/.
*1 The Maker Movement is a cultural trend that places value on an individual’s ability to be a creator of things using various analog and digital fabrication tools.
*2 A Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make “almost anything.”
*3 A Makerspace is a community center or workshop that provides technology, manufacturing equipment and educational opportunities to the public.
Sydney, Australia, March 22, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation today announced that the company was again recognised as the leading wide-format printer manufacturer in the durable graphics market for 2015 in a recent report compiled by InfoTrends.
According to the InfoTrends 2015 Quarterly Wide-Format Tracking Shipping report, Roland DG shipped more units than any other manufacturer in the 30-inch and up category. The study suggests price point and technology type are key factors driving global demand for Roland DG products and enabling the company to achieve this level of continued leadership.
The InfoTrends product tracker is considered a reliable source of sales information. “Our data shows that Roland DG is the leading seller of wide-format durable graphics printers in 2015, as they have been for many years prior,” noted Steve Urmano, InfoTrends analyst for the wide-format printing market.
The InfoTrends report covers all four reporting quarters in 2015 and takes into consideration all wide-format inkjets 30-inches wide and larger, priced under $50,000 USD, including solvent and latex ink technologies considered to be the largest segments of the wide-format digital printing market.
“We are thrilled, but not surprised, to learn that Roland DG remains the leader in worldwide sales within this market,” said Eli Keersmaekers, president of global sales for Roland DG Corporation. “Especially in today’s competitive landscape, with manufacturers introducing alternative solutions, this achievement shows that our technology continues to offer the best combination of quality, durability, and overall return-on-investment. Add to that our industry-best service, support and reseller channels, and it’s clear why we continue to be the top choice.”
The report by InfoTrends follows Roland DG’s recent introduction of several new wide-format models: TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters which introduce new core technology and innovative features to Roland DG’s leading eco-solvent technology; the SOLJET EJ-640, an eco-solvent printer that combines outstanding print speed and image quality with low running costs; the Texart XT-640, a dye-sublimation printer designed for high-volume production; and the VersaUV LEF-300 UV-LED, the largest addition to Roland DG’s LEF series of benchtop UV flatbed printers.
“Roland DG is committed to continuously innovating and providing products that meet the high demands of graphics professionals around the world,” noted Keersmaekers. “Users know they can count on Roland DG products to deliver unmatched versatility, performance and reliability day in and day out. Our customers also know that we will be with them every step of the way, ensuring that they get the most out of their products. That’s what differentiates us from the competition.”
InfoTrends is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the imaging, document solutions, production print, and digital media industries. We provide insights and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and grow their business.
For more information, please visit www.infotrends.com.
Sydney, Australia, March 8, 2016 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of the TrueVIS VG-640/540 64” (1625mm) and 54” (1371mm) printer/cutters, a new generation of advanced wide-format, eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters to be released under the TrueVIS brand name.
According to Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia Sales & Marketing Director, the TrueVIS brand expands Roland DG’s technical capabilities in ink formulation, print head design, precision control, and firmware engineering, resulting in far greater flexibility for Roland DG customers moving forward. “We will now be able to match the most appropriate head technology to each application and market that we serve, delivering the best available solutions to all of our users,” said Farina.
The VG series represents Roland DG’s most advanced printer/cutters ever. Farina states, “Our goal was to provide an innovative, state-of-the-art solution for our customers’ businesses, while delivering optimum production capability for a vast array of signs and graphics. VG printer/cutters are the ideal tool for producing indoor and outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics, banners, posters and displays, labels and decals, packaging prototypes, apparel heat transfers and more.”
TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters are equipped with four newly developed Roland DG FlexFire print heads which more flexibly control the metallic plate attached to the ink chamber, for a higher firing frequency. The FlexFire print heads also deliver precision droplet placement in three sizes, and an approx. 25% wider print swath compared to previous Roland DG models. Farina said, “The combination of the new FlexFire head and new TrueVIS INK – engineered specifically for the print heads – delivers stunning fine details and vibrant colours at a production speed of 10.6m2 per hour in High Quality mode on vinyl and up to 34.8m2 per hour on banner in dual CMYK ink configuration*1.”
The VG-640/540 also offers seven-colour (CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black) or eight-colour (CMYKLcLmLk plus White*2) ink configurations. White ink provides excellent opacity for transparent window graphics while Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black offer smooth gradations, perfect skin tones and beautiful images.
The VG-640/540 uses new GREENGUARD Gold certified TrueVIS INK which comes in cost-effective 500ml pouches that fit neatly into reusable cartridges that slide into a hidden ink bay for clean operation with less waste. In dual CMYK configuration, up to one litre of ink can be loaded for each colour, ideal for high-volume, unattended production.
New Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software – included with the VG – features a new core engine that accurately interprets native PDFs as well as legacy PostScript files, including files with transparencies. The precision cutting mechanism of the VG-640/540 is adopted from Roland DG’s latest cutting advancements, facilitating reliable contour cutting of complex designs, and expanding the range of possible applications such as cutting thick materials for laminated floor signs.
The VG-640 and VG-540 are also designed to be easier to use than other similar devices. The newly developed Roland DG Mobile Panel allows users to perform control panel functions with their existing smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating systems, utilising a Bluetooth connection. This innovative new feature provides a rich interface either directly on, or remotely in range of the VG, enabling operators to receive machine status updates as well as make adjustments and conduct test printing and cleaning functions from their mobile device. In addition, newly featured LED lights boost visibility inside the printer, making it easier to check printing status and perform maintenance work, as well as providing colour-coded operation updates.
Finally, Farina said that the TrueVIS marks a new level of reliability and economy. “The optimised printing technology enables the VG to produce vibrant colour with low ink consumption and minimal electricity in comparison with alternative ink technologies. This results in a total savings of tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the product.”
“Roland DG introduced eco-solvent wide-format printers and printer/cutters more than 10 years ago,” Farina said. “And they continue to be the number one choice for durable graphics worldwide. As a global leader, we recognised the need to continue moving the market forward which is why we developed the TrueVIS brand. The brand concept of TrueVIS,” Farina continued, “represents harnessing true precision and power – “VIS” in Latin – to bring our customers’ VISION to life, in order to achieve stunning VISUAL results. We believe the functionality of the VG series, combined with our extensive customer support – including Roland DG Care, Roland DG Creative Centre and Roland DG Academy – will lead to the expansion of our customers’ businesses and the entire industry.”
*1 For the VG-640 in dual CMYK ink configuration.
*2 White ink is scheduled to be available early in the second half of the year.
To learn more about Roland DG’s new TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540, please visit: www.rolanddg.com.au/truevis
29-Feb-2016 Roland DG Announces Leadership Changes
long-time Representative Director, Chairman and President Masahiro Tomioka will
step down from the position of President, and Hidenori Fujioka, Director and Executive
Vice President of the company, will assume that role. Tomioka will continue as
Representative Director, Chairman of the company.
The change is subject to the resolution at the Ordinary General Meeting of
Shareholders for the 35th Business Term and the following Board of Directors’ meeting,
both to be held on March 24, 2016.
During his thirty-year tenure as President, Tomioka spearheaded the transformation of
Roland DG from a manufacturer of pen plotters to 3D desktop fabrication tools, vinyl
cutters and wide-format inkjet printers while achieving worldwide sales leadership
with high profitability. To ensure future sales growth, he recently tapped into the
company’s inkjet and 3D technologies to expand into the on-demand digital printing and
health care industries. He was also responsible for promoting the company’s innovative
GlobalOne plan, which unified R&D with sales and marketing as one group and
The announcement comes as Roland DG implements a new mid-term business plan
for 2016-2020 and a new organisational structure to facilitate new business
development. “As we look toward the next thirty years, we aim to use the GlobalOne
platform to drive sustainable growth and create multiple pillars of business to meet
the needs of the coming era,” Tomioka said. “I believe Fujioka’s extensive knowledge
of industry-leading technologies and his track record of creating high-value solutions
for a wide variety of markets will allow the company to quickly adapt its business
model and accelerate its growth.”
Since joining Roland DG, Fujioka has earned acclaim for strengthening and diversifying
the company’s ink, inkjet print head, 3D and UV technologies to enable the company to
quickly develop a variety of new products and solutions that deliver added value.
“These are exciting times at Roland DG and I am honored to serve as President,”
Fujioka said. “Roland DG offers a sophisticated product line with a passionate culture
and family spirit. While upholding its corporate culture and spirit, I intend to turn
the company into a more progressive and innovative organisation to achieve
sustainable growth.” Fujioka added. “My goal is to shift our business to a new digital
era model that will serve as a foundation for the next big leap in growth by
capitalizing on our GlobalOne business platform. Together, we will unlock the
full potential of our employees worldwide in order to realise new market creation
with products and services that exceed customer expectations.”
Fujioka joined the company in 2014 from RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, a
manufacturer of copying and printing machines, where, as Director, he oversaw the
development of the world’s fastest color inkjet cut sheet printers along with advanced
technological features tailored specifically for business needs. Previously, he worked for
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) for 25 years, including 6 years as President of its subsidiary,
SII Data Service Corp., where he oversaw the integration of profitable service
components to core offerings, such as providing support services for terminals that meet
payment settlement needs. As President for SII Printek Inc., another subsidiary of SII
and a manufacturer of inkjet print heads, he succeeded in making the company
profitable within the first year. He also worked for four years as the Vice President of
product management of Seiko Instruments USA, a sales subsidiary of SII, as well as
Vice President of product development for Seiko Instruments Development, the US
software development subsidiary of SII.
Sydney, Australia, January 28, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of dental milling devices worldwide, announced that its latest DWX-51D and DWX-4W dental mills have been validated by VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) for use with the company's dental prosthetic materials, including VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II.“Dental materials from VITA, including hybrid ceramic and glass ceramic type materials, are becoming increasingly popular with dental technicians, dentists and their patients due to their superb aesthetic appearance, strength and shortened processing time required,” said Takuro Hosome, manager of dental business development for Roland DG. “The certification provides not only an endorsement for the excellent accuracy and quality of dental prosthetics produced with our milling machines, but also peace of mind to our customers and prospects that our devices meet the high quality standards set by VITA.”
The certification has been given for milling VITA ENAMIC® with the DWX-51D equipped with ZDB-100D/50D/30D milling burs developed specifically for milling dental hybrid type materials. Introduced in 2015, the DWX-51D 5-axis dry mill is capable of producing copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments and other prosthetics from materials such as zirconia, wax, PMMA, composite resin, PEEK and gypsum with unparalleled speed and precision. Also launched in 2015, the DWX-4W, the company’s first wet mill which was especially designed for milling glass ceramics and composite resins, is certified to mill VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II. The DWX-4W features 4-axis milling and a 4-station automatic tool changer (ATC) for changing grinding burs automatically as needed without interrupting production.
“Our DWX series dental mills were purposely built using an open architecture design in order to integrate into an existing workflow with commercially available dental CAD/CAM software and hardware,” said Hosome. “This feature allows us to partner with exciting dental companies like VITA to ensure that our customers always have access to the latest, most advanced prosthetic materials rather than being locked in to a single source.”
Patrick Bayer, Head of Global Cooperation Management of VITA, said, “We are proud to provide the Roland DG users with high quality VITA CAD/CAM material solutions. The combination of the validated Roland DG milling machines and the innovative VITA CAD/CAM materials ensure the best results for the patients.”
VITA ENAMIC® is a hybrid ceramic material which combines the high load capacity and aesthetics of a dental ceramic with the elasticity of a composite. It is finished without firing, which reduces labor and production time. VITA SUPRINITY® is high-strength, zirconia-reinforced glass ceramic acclaimed for its high load capacity. It also boasts brilliant esthetics based on integrated translucency, opalescence and fluorescence. With optimized edge stability due to fine-grained configuration, it can be used for prosthetics which require precision. VITABLOCS® Mark II is a feldspathic glass ceramic with more than 25 years of clinical experience providing excellent bonding to the tooth structure.
To learn more about Roland DG's DWX dental milling machines, please visit http://www.rolandeasyshape.com.
For more information about VITA ENAMIC®, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/en/VITA-ENAMIC-10846.html.
For more information about VITA SUPRINITY®, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/pdb_CCDC92_en.html.
For more information about VITABLOCS® Mark II, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/en/VITABLOCS-Mark-II-25030,27568.html.
According to Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia Sales & Marketing Director, VersaUV printers, which include the previous LEF-12 and LEF-20 models, are popular for their ability to print rich color directly on a vast array of materials, including three-dimensional items up to 100 mm thick. The LEF-300 was developed in response to customer demand for greater productivity in the personalisation and custom printing markets, which are characterized by small-lot production of numerous products. To accommodate greater quantities and larger-sized items, the LEF-300’s printing area has been expanded to 770 mm wide by 330 mm long, 50% more than the previous models.
“With the LEF-300,” Farina said, “you can print on a wide variety of substrates such as PET, ABS, and polycarbonate, and soft materials such as TPU and leather, as well as three-dimensional items, including pens, smartphone cases, signs, personalised awards, giftware, promotional items, laptop covers and more. A vacuum table makes it easy to hold thin and soft materials in place,” he added.
With four print heads and two UV-LED lamps, the LEF-300 enables bidirectional printing approximately 60%* faster than the LEF-20. The number of white and clear (gloss) ink nozzles have been doubled for faster printing, increased density and opacity and faster build-up of multiple layers for three-dimensional textures. A new draft print mode improves overall efficiency for users in need of quick prototype prints.
The LEF-300 comes equipped with the new Roland VersaWorks Dual software RIP that includes all the advanced, easy-to-use features of VersaWorks, and now supports both PostScript and PDF files for improved file processing. Within VersaWorks Dual users can now automatically generate White and Gloss ink data, making it simpler than ever to create amazing high value effects. In addition, features like offset, positioning, rotation and registration of ink layers can be handled directly in the RIP without the need to return to design software.
The LEF-300 uses new EUV4 ink, Roland DG’s proprietary CYMK, White and Clear ECO-UV inks for premium quality prints. EUV4 ink reduces odor and the shrinking of thin film materials like BOPP, PE and PET when curing. In addition to a 220 cc cartridge, a new, larger 500 cc ink cartridge has been introduced which is more economical and requires less cartridge replacements. (White ink is only available in 220 cc cartridges.)
According to Farina, “The growth of digital technology has facilitated the printing of photographs, illustrations and logos onto items that people wear or carry, both as a means of self-expression and as a means of feeling closer to the things they value. The market for on-demand printing onto various articles is expected to expand further still in the future.”
“We have seen an increasing number of businesses using VersaUV LEF printers to provide custom printing services for smartphone cases and accessories,” Farina said, “including ecommerce sites as well as kiosks located within shopping centers, where they provide on-site printing of photographs taken by customers onto various blank goods to create a new shopping experience for their customers. The LEF-300 is perfect for handling the growing amount of tasks.”
Farina also sees potential in the application of UV printers used in mass production. “In order to accommodate customization and decoration of parts and modules in high volume production lines, the LEF-300 incorporates an input/output system that supports external devices such as warning lights and custom production automation systems. In addition, the LEF-300 is built with precision parts that are not susceptible to changes in temperature or humidity and are designed to maintain accurate high-quality printing even during long production runs.”
* In a CMYK ink configuration
To learn more about Roland DG’s newest VersaUV LEF-300 and the complete VersaUV lineup, please visit: http://www.rolanddg.com.au/versauv
After curing PRF35-ST (Flexible type) offers greater friction force and elasticity when compared to the conventional resin “PRH35-ST” (a standard hard resin). This feature will enable users to now create a wider range of more realistic design prototypes with the monoFab 3D printer, such as grips, seals, gaskets and buttons.
“With every new material, we expand the possibilities for industrial designers to bring their designs to life in realistic models and prototypes,” said Peter Kettle, 3D Business Development Manager for Roland DG. “Our philosophy has always been to deliver the right tools for the right application. This is why we always promote the ARM-10 3D printer alongside the SRM-20 milling machine. Whether you are looking for mechanical accuracy, complex geometry or specific material properties, this combination of technologies covers everything.”
Kettle continues, “The new flexible type resin extends possibilities further, ensuring that your models not only look real, they feel real too.”
The PRF35-ST flexible type resin is available in 350g bottles. Once cured, it can be sanded for a smoother finish. It is semi-transparent, yellowing in extended exposure to UV light if it is not painted.
Following its beginning in 1981, Roland DG established a comprehensive customer services and support capability now called Roland DG Care to ensure that its products continue to perform well for many years, thereby increasing customers’ peace of mind and ensuring the smooth operation of their businesses. The goal of the Global SE Awards is to recognize SE abilities both regionally and globally and motivate them to raise the standard of Roland DG Care even further.
The first Global SE Awards was held in 2013. The second worldwide competition was expanded to include emerging nations and regions. A total of 440 certified SEs from 50 countries and regions participated in 15 local competitions. The winners of these competitions were then brought together for the final contest held in Japan to compete for the title of World Champion. 21 finalists from 18 countries and regions competed in three challenges including practical and written exams to demonstrate their superior abilities as Service Engineers.
In the practical exam where contestants had to replace the inkjet heads in the company’s wide format inkjet printers, they were judged not only on the accuracy of their basic maintenance work and the quality of their performance, but also on the care and thoroughness displayed in the handling of machines and parts, based on the idea that the products belong to customers. The challenge also provided opportunities for observation and learning by opening the tests to other SEs for viewing, which encouraged the sharing of skills and individual know-how. In the practical exam of printer troubleshooting, contestants’ problem-solving skills were tested by intentionally setting up situations that went beyond the contestants’ normal assumptions. In the written exam, contestants were judged not only on the knowledge required for maintenance work, such as analysing graphics printed with inkjet printers and analysing schematics of machine electronics, but also on their abilities to satisfy a wide variety of customer demands.
Named Champion of the Second Global SE Awards was Terry Carpenter with 14 years’ experience representing authorized Roland DG reseller Far From Normal located in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.A. “I had a wonderful time learning new things and meeting all the other finalist SEs from around the world,” Carpenter said. “The competition expanded my understanding and knowledge base. To be able to tap into that larger network of SEs really helps. What I learned from the competition was to take your time, be careful and do things step-by-step. Even when you know what you’re doing, it’s important not to rush.”
Alexandre Geraldi, contestant from Brazil whose performance earned him second place in the competition, said of his work: “I had to perform under pressure, but it was good because, in real life, we are always pressured by the customer. The customer cares a lot about his equipment, his business, his family – and we have a very important role when working on their machine. To our customers, a machine is not just a machine -- it’s a dream of success.”
Peter De Bont of Belgium finished in third place. “There were things I learned during the competition which will help me to solve problems easier and faster in the future,” he said.
Roland DG’s Chairman and President Masahiro Tomioka praised the fine efforts of all who participated. “I really respect your participation in this competition as Roland DG representatives from all over the world. In order to provide optimum solutions to our customers, it is essential that SEs provide the finest on-site services around the world to ensure that Roland DG products deliver the outstanding quality they are designed for. As the best SEs in the world,” Tomioka said, “you are all expected to be the leaders in your respective regions while continuing to demonstrate and refine your skills and communication abilities.”
Roland DG sells its products in more than 200 countries and regions around the world. According to Mr. Takaaki Koshita, general manager of Roland DG technical services, the company is creating an online system to share information and promote cooperation in real time with not only those who participated in the contest, but with all Roland DG SEs around the world. “By combining the Global SE Awards competition and our online systems, we hope to build customer service and support systems that are the best in the world,” he said.
For further details of the Global SE Awards and the prize-winners, please visit http://www.rolanddg.com/se2015.html.
*About Roland DG Care Certified Service Engineers
Roland DG offers a certification program for its service engineers in order to provide uniform high-quality service to our customers worldwide. SEs are instructed in how Roland DG products are built and receive in-depth training on how to carry out product installation, make repairs, conduct inspections and maintenance. Only after passing practical and written exams proving that they possess appropriate knowledge and skills can trainees be approved as certified SEs.
Sydney, Australia, November 4, 2015 — Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, today announced the launch of its new Texart XT-640 inkjet printer for the textile printing industry.
The XT-640 is a dye sublimation transfer*1 printer designed for the production of a wide range of applications including sportswear, fashion, soft signage, interior decoration, promotional merchandise and much more. The XT-640 features dual print heads to achieve production print speeds of 41m²/hr to 63m²/hr and high speed modes up to 102m²/hr*2. The rail and frame structure has been reinforced to enable highly detailed printing with precise ink droplet placement. A new, more convenient Feed Adjuster at the front and back of the printer provides even tensioning and prevents skewing of the media. Optimised for textile printing, Texart ink delivers bold and vibrant colours and deep, 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 gradations, beautiful skin tones and a remarkably fine level of detail. ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software, developed especially for Roland DG by ErgoSoft, the premier RIP provider in the textile printing industry, is available with the XT-640.
According to Gino Farina, Sales and Marketing Director for Roland DG Australia, the XT-640 meets the needs of professional textile production with excellent output performance and image quality. “In October 2014,” he said, “Roland DG launched the RT-640 as the first product in the Texart brand lineup. With the RT-640, we looked for a wide range of textile decoration applications, including sports and fashion apparel, soft signs such as polyester banners and flags, curtains and other interior décor as well as promotional goods and personalised gifts. Since the RT-640’s launch, we have confirmed the demand for higher volume production in this area. The XT-640 was developed as the ideal solution to meet this need.”
Regarding market potential, Gino said: “In the fashion apparel field, trend cycles are becoming shorter as seen in “fast fashion” and the desire for personalisation that represents individual preferences and lifestyles. Within these trends, there is growing demand for digital printers that can quickly provide custom one-off and small-lot production. Also,” Maeda continued, “in the field of sports apparel, highly functional polyester materials such as sweat-absorbing, quick-drying and dry-touch features have become popular. There is increasing focus on dye sublimation transfer printers that can produce patterns and logos simultaneously while avoiding the uncomfortable seams inside that arise due to post-process sewing.
Prior to the XT-640’s launch, Roland DG acquired OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I*3 certification, ensuring the safety of textile items printed with the XT-640 using Texart ink. Our aim,” Gino said, “is to provide print businesses not only with excellent productivity and image quality, but also with added value including safety and eco-friendly aspects.”
Among the long list of features contributing to the XT-640’s productivity and ease of use, the Roland Ink System uses 1 litre ink pouches to ensure long-run printing. In 4 colour mode, the system provides two litres per colour. The proprietary Roland Ink Switching System automatically switches to the backup ink pouch when the primary pouch runs out. Further enabling unattended operation, Roland Printer Assist allows users to check printing status from anywhere in the building using an iPad app.
To learn more about the Texart XT-640 visit www.rolanddg.com.au/xt or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
*1 Dye sublimation transfer is a printing method that transfers illustrations, photos or other images that are printed in inverse on transfer paper with sublimation ink to polyester or other textiles using heat.
*2 Print speed will be dependent on suitability to the chosen application and production workflow.
*3 A worldwide examination and certification system verifying that textile products do not contain substances that are harmful to health. Product Class I certifies the safety of textile products for babies and toddlers aged up to 36 months, whose skin is sensitive, and these products are required to achieve the strictest of standards.
Sydney, Australia, October 27, 2015 — Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of its new SOLJET EJ-640 wide format inkjet printer.
With dual staggered print heads, an integrated tri-heater system, rigid industrial design and high-capacity 1-litre ink cartridges available in 4 or 7 colour configurations, the EJ-640 is built for optimum performance and productivity. New EJ INK was developed to drastically reduce running cost, with savings of 35% over other printers on the market. In a mirrored CMYK ink configuration, the EJ-640 achieves speeds of up to 102m2/h. New Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software processes both PDF and PostScript files, including files with transparencies.
According to Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia Sales and Marketing Director, “Today’s sign market is typified by intense competition due to the spread of wide-format inkjet printers and the increasing demand for quick delivery of high quantities with low operating costs. The new EJ-640 addresses these issues by delivering excellent productivity and quality with low ink costs.”
Special attention has been given to high-volume users. A rigid shaft holds long and heavy rolls securely, and a newly developed Feed Adjuster ensures the smooth progression of media through the printer and onto the take-up system. Meanwhile, the powerful heater and blower prevent ink from bleeding during take-up. In 4-colour CMYK mode, up to two litres of ink can be loaded for each colour. With the Roland Ink Switching System, continuous printing is possible overnight without worrying about ink running out. When the primary ink cartridge runs out, its backup begins supplying ink automatically. Unattended operation is further facilitated by Roland OnSupport which sends and email to your smart phone, tablet or computer when a job is finished or ink is running low.
“While the EJ-640 is built for exceptional productivity,” Farina adds, “the other aspects for which Roland DG is renowned, such as image quality and reliability, are maintained without compromise.” The rail and frame structure has been reinforced to enable precise ink droplet placement for vivid image quality even at higher speeds. Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP reproduces images with beautifully smooth gradations. In addition to dual CMYK, a seven-colour ink configuration consisting of CMYK plus Light Cyan (Lc), Light Magenta (Lm), and Light Black (Lk) is available for enhanced reproduction of greyscale gradients, natural skin tones and photographic images.
Farina concludes, “Since 1988, Roland DG has supported the growth of the sign industry by employing new digital technologies and providing products that truly make a difference. With the EJ-640, we continue to provide the best solutions to support print services providers.”
ECO-UV ink is cured by exposure to UV light enabling Roland DG VersaUV users to print brilliant colour on an exceptionally wide variety of materials, including paper, film, leather, and rigid materials such as polyester, ABS, and acrylic, making it popular for decorating labels and decals, packaging materials and personalised consumer products such as smart phone cases. The addition of clear ink produces unique textures and simulated embossing effects.
The new EUV4 ink features a change in chemistry that reduces odor and the shrinking of thin film materials like BOPP, PE and PET when curing. In addition to a 220 ml cartridge, a new, larger 500 ml cartridge has been introduced in response to user requests (white ink is only available in 220 ml cartridges). According to Yuko Maeda, Roland DG division president of digital printing, market development, the larger size not only accommodates less ink cartridge replacements, but the price is more economical, thus allowing for a reduction in running costs.
Roland DG introduced the VersaUV printer series in 2008 as the world's first UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line. Today, the company provides seven different devices in the VersaUV line, including the LEF-20, a benchtop flatbed printer capable of printing on three-dimensional objects up to 508 mm width, 330 mm length, and 100 mm in height.
EUV4 Ink specifications:
- Ideal for extended production runs, EUV4 ink is available in high-volume 500 ml cartridges of CMYK and Clear for the LEJ-640FT flatbed, LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed, and LEC-540/330/300A/300 printer/cutters.
- EUV4 is also available in 220 ml cartridges of CMYK, White and Clear for the LEJ-640FT flatbed, LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed, LEC-540/330/300A/300 printer/cutters, and LEF-20/12 benchtop flatbed printers.
17-Sep-2015 Roland Unveils First Wet Mill and New Dry Mill
Sydney, Australia, September 17, 2015 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading provider of dental milling devices worldwide, announced today the simultaneous release of its first 4-axis wet mill, the DWX-4W, together with its latest 5-axis dry mill, the DWX-51D. With the addition of the DWX-4W, Roland DG now offers the dental industry the option of a comprehensive, two-mill combination capable of producing a wide range of dental prosthetics from a vast assortment of materials.
Since its launch in 2010, the DWX series has gained industry recognition for its desktop size, user- friendliness, robust reliability and open architecture. As the popularity of CAD/CAM software, digital scanners and advanced materials ushered in a new era of dental technology, the DWX-series quickly became an industry standard with over 3,000 units sold worldwide. According to Takuro Hosome, Roland DG Corporation’s manager of dental business development, one of the reasons these mills are so popular is their open architecture, which allows users to choose whichever software, scanner or materials they wish, rather than being locked in to one manufacturer.
“We based the new DWX-51D on nearly 30 years of proven Roland DG 3D milling technology, as well as extensive feedback from existing users of our DWX-50 milling machine,” said Hosome. “The result is a next-generation mill that’s not only incredibly advanced, but also extremely easy to operate.”
Equipped with a 10-station automatic tool changer (ATC), a new C-clamp with torque wrench for easier loading of materials, and an expanded Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel) with built-in maintenance routine, the DWX-51D takes dry-milling to a whole new level. It’s capable of producing copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments and other prosthetics from zirconia, wax, PMMA, composite resin, PEEK and gypsum with unparalleled speed and precision. Simultaneous 5-axis machining with 360-degree rotation in clockwise or counterclockwise directions (A axis) and 30-degree tilting toward the front or back (B axis) supports deep undercuts. For higher quality output, the DWX-51D employs an improved airflow system, which boosts vacuum performance and prevents dust from building up in the milling area. The 10-station ATC enables multiple tooling options as well as unattended operation from start to finish. For optimum convenience, a color-coded light informs the technician of the machine’s operational status. “If you’re running the machine unattended, as many labs do, the user receives an e-mail notification if an error occurs, or when milling has been completed,” explained Hosome.
Previewed at major dental conferences earlier this year, Roland DG’s DWX-4W wet mill is specially designed for milling glass ceramics and composite resins, which are popular with both dentists and patients for producing aesthetically superior crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. In addition to milling on X, Y and Z axes, the DWX-4W rotates pin-type blocks 360 degrees on a fourth axis (A axis) to support undercuts. The DWX-4W also features a high-performance Jaeger DentaDrive spindle that operates at speeds of up to 60,000 RPM for precision milling and unmatched reliability. A multi-pin clamp lets you mill up to three different pin-type materials simultaneously, while a 4-station ATC automatically changes grinding burs as needed without interrupting production. The DWX-4W is also equipped with a fully-integrated pump and coolant system with a slide-out container for simple maintenance.
Both the DWX-4W and DWX-51D boast touch-button controls and automated milling, so they are easy to use, even for novices. “The workflow is very simple,” noted Hosome. “After installing the material and milling tools into the machine, lab technicians use the VPanel to configure settings from their computer. With just a few clicks of a mouse, production is underway.”
Roland DG’s new dental mills feature a slim, attractive design, but the beauty of these machines is much more than skin deep. Unsurpassed performance, accuracy and efficiency also come standard. Ball screws for the X, Y and Z axes help maximise precision and reliability. “Another feature that customers really like is the multi-cast capability of our devices,” Hosome added. “This allows you to connect up to four respective DWX machines to a single system for centralised control from one PC.”
Roland DG believes its multiple-device solution – combining the DWX-4W wet mill with a state-of-the-art dry mill like the DWX-51D – provides significant advantages over single machines that offer both dry and wet milling. “Roland DG’s two-machine system enables users to perform both dry and wet milling, as well as process different materials, simultaneously and without a changeover,” Hosome said. “Unlike dual-function machines which tend to compromise performance in their attempt to multi-task, our solution allows each mill to specialise in its intended function, ensuring optimum results while saving time, effort and money.”
In addition to Roland DG’s renowned service and support, easy-to-follow manuals with detailed descriptions are included with both the DWX-51D and the DWX-4W.
To learn more about Roland DG’s newest DWX dental milling machines, or the complete DWX lineup, visit http://www.rolandeasyshape.com
19-Aug-2015 Roland DG Releases WallFlair™ Removable Fabric
Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, WallFlair Removable Fabric is a versatile, high quality media that’s perfect for a wide variety of applications, including wall graphics, POP displays, trade show graphics, posters, indoor signage, short-term outdoor signage, and more. It has a rich appearance, adheres well, and produces colour‐saturated prints that dry fast for greater productivity and efficiency, making it an ideal alternative to traditional vinyl wall graphics.
The back of the premium 6.7 mil, 150 x 150 denier fabric is coated with a proprietary white acrylic and solvent adhesive, so it’s easy to remove and reposition, and can be taken down easily without leaving a messy residue. This makes WallFlair an excellent choice for enhancing walls in office, retail or residential settings with vibrant graphics and unique decorative touches.
WallFlair Removable Fabric is unique because of its GREENGUARD Gold certification, which ensures environmental safety even for sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly. Combined with the GREENGUARD certified Roland ECO-SOL MAX or ECO-SOL MAX 2 inks, WallFlair provides full assurance that GREENGUARD ratings are guaranteed. Together these products provide architects, designers and facility managers with an environmentally-friendly solution that meets the highest quality and durability standards.
“The new WallFlair Removable Fabric produces colourful, vibrant prints with all the softness and richness that has made fabric one of today’s most popular wall décor materials,” said Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia Sales & Marketing Director. “Not only does it have a great white point and greater opacity than many of the materials in this segment, the GREENGUARD certification really sets this product apart.”
To learn more about WallFlair Removable Fabric, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/wallflair or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
01-Jul-2015 Introducing the Versatile New Flatbed UV Printer
Sydney, Australia, July 1, 2015 - Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters has today introduced the VersaUV LEJ-640FT UV-LED flatbed printer, capable of printing on substrates up to 150mm thick and weighing as much as 100kg.
A natural extension of the award-winning VersaUV series, the LEJ-640FT flatbed UV printer delivers unparalleled printing capabilities and superior compatibility with the widest range of substrates, including heavy, rigid materials. With advanced features to improve everyday workflows such as automatic media height detection, mutli-mode base point selection and zoned vacuum system, the LEJ-640FT delivers the productivity that businesses are looking for.
In addition to CMYK, the LEJ-640FT adds White and Clear Coat ECO-UV inks for spectacular POP displays, interior design, art, promotional products, and 2-sided signs with high visual impact and unique dimensional effects.
LEJ-640FT Feature Summary:
- Dual media sensors that automatically detect media thickness, allowing the setup of material in a matter of seconds
- Cross-hair laser guide for extreme base-point selection, with a multi-mode allowing for fast return to previous position for repeat or additional jobs
- Powerful, zoned vacuum system for holding difficult materials flat, and allowing for jobs to be set up whilst another job is printing
- Unsurpassed media compatibility for substrates up to 150mm thick and up to 100kg
- Robust 1625mm x 2490mm flatbed
- ECO-UV inks, available in 500cc cartridges
- Low-heat UV LED curing system
- Patent-pending Automated Ink Circulation System
- Produces flawless 1440 x 1440 dpi prints
- Easy-to-use handheld control unit for full printer operation and status monitoring
- Two sided printing with edge to edge capability
- Roland Intelligent Pass Control™ for enhanced image quality
- Comprehensive Two year warranty
- VersaWorks RIP software included
To learn more about the VersaUV LEJ-640FT, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/lej640ft, or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
25-May-2015 Roland DG Achieves OEKO-TEX® Certification
Roland DG Textile Decorating Technology Achieves OEKO-TEX® Class I Certification
Sydney, Australia, May 25, 2015 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, announced today that the company’s dye sublimation transfer technology has achieved certification of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I. The certification has been given for inkjet printing on polyester fabric with the company’s Texart ink, which is used for the Texart RT-640, the company’s latest dye sublimation transfer printer.
OEKO-TEX® is an independent certification system for testing the safety of textile materials and chemicals at every stage of production from raw materials to end products. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is divided into four classes based on human ecological requirements, with class I which ensures that printed textile items are safe for babies and toddlers being the most difficult to achieve. Growing awareness among customers has fostered the rise in popularity of the OEKO-TEX® label.
“We are very pleased that the Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center has awarded our dye sublimation printing technology the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I,” Yuko Maeda, division president of digital printing, market development for Roland DG said, “We developed Texart ink and the RT-640 for a wide range of textile decoration applications, including sports and fashion apparel, curtains and other interior décor as well as promotional goods and personalised gifts. The OEKO-TEX® certification provides not only an endorsement for our efforts to pursue environmentally-safe digital printing, but provides an important decision-making tool for our customers to better meet the needs of end users.”
Roland DG launched Texart ink and the RT-640 in October, 2014. Maeda said the RT-640 incorporates a host of technological advancements that optimize sublimation transfer output while minimising running costs. “One of the RT-640’s major innovations is our new ink which is available in both four (CMYK) and eight color versions (CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Orange and Violet). Previously, colors printed on sublimated fabrics could look faded with dull blacks, missing grays and fuzzy details. The RT-640’s variable droplet technology in combination with Texart ink displays bold, vibrant colors and rich velvety blacks, as well as subtle gradations and fine details.”
The Texart RT-640 was on display at the recent Visual Impact trade show in Sydney, and will be showcased at various trade shows throughout 2015.
Sydney, Australia, 29 April, 2015 - Following on from the global release of the Texart RT-640 dye sublimation printer in late 2014, Roland DG Australia, a leading worldwide manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, has today announced the launch of their complete Texart sublimation solution, including the new Texart CS-64 Calender unit.
With advanced print control technology available in either four or eight-colour configurations, the RT-640 delivers vibrant colours, rich blacks, subtle gradations and remarkably fine details, all backed by a comprehensive 3 year warranty. The included take-up unit, integrated bulk ink system, premium ErgoSoft Roland Edition Sublimation RIP, plus the optional Texart CS-64 heat transfer calender unit completes the package.
Roland's 3rd generation SBL3 dye-sublimation ink delivers bold, vibrant colour, deep, rich blacks, subtle gradations and remarkably fine details. In four-colour (CMYK) mode, Texart ink produces bright colours with velvety blacks, improved grey scale and high quality, detailed output. In eight-colour (CMYKLcLmOrVi) mode, the addition of Orange and Violet ink produces an increased colour gamut with exceptional reds and oranges and deep blues and purples while Light Cyan and Light Magenta provide subtle gradations and beautiful skin tones.
Roland's RT-640 is equipped with a bulk ink system that uses airtight-sealed one litre pouches. When in four-colour mode, the system provides two litres per colour. The proprietary Roland Ink Switching System* automatically switches to the backup ink pouch when the primary pouch runs out. Further expediting production, you can replace an empty pouch without stopping the printer.
ErgoSoft Roland Edition was developed especially for Roland by ErgoSoft, the premier RIP provider in the textile market. Support for both four-colour and eight-colour printing is provided and it includes numerous features especially for digital textile production that combine excellent high-speed RIP throughput and image quality.
The new Texart CS-64 calender unit is the perfect finishing partner for Roland DG’s Texart RT-640. The CS-64 transfers sublimation print produced by the RT-640 at high speed onto a variety of polyester-based materials used for flags, banners, soft signage, fabric for fashion, sports apparel and many other promotional applications. Built to meet high production demands and designed for ease of use, the CS-64 appeals to both seasoned professionals and companies new to the dye sublimation print process.
Simple to use, the control panel of the CS-64 can be mastered in seconds. Loading and unloading materials is equally straight forward. The CS-64 uses a precision roller feed system and digitally regulated, infra-red heat to transfer dye sublimation print onto fabrics. With practical speeds of 40m²/hr and the option of an in-feed table, the CS-64 has the versatility to handle large roll volumes and small pre-cut fabric jobs with equal finesse.
To learn more about the Texart RT-640 and CS-64, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/texart, call Roland DG on 1800 500 119, or see them on display at Visual Impact & Printex.
Sydney, Australia, March 11, 2015 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced digital tools, announced a worldwide competition for its service engineers (SEs). One SE will be crowned champion of the Global SE Awards* from among their peers based upon a demonstration of their knowledge and skills. The finals of the contest will be held at Roland DG's Hamamatsu headquarters in October 2015 following local competitions beginning Spring 2015.
Roland DG service engineers are engaged in the repair and maintenance of all Roland DG products, including wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, vinyl cutters, engravers, milling machines, and 3D printers. The goal of the Global SE Awards, according to Stephen Lane, Roland DG Australia service manager, is to raise the quality and uniformity of maintenance services provided by Roland DG service personnel to the highest levels worldwide.
With sales offices located around the world, Roland DG has built a comprehensive customer support system consisting of Roland DG Creative Centers, Roland DG Academy, and Roland DG Care to contribute to the development of its customers' businesses. Creative Centers offer a creative showcase of application samples to inspire the imagination, and invite customers to experience the full potential of our products. Customers can easily share ideas and consult with us about ways to grow their businesses as well as solutions that can transform their ideas into reality. Academy offers seminars and workshops to our customers worldwide, designed to help them utilise our equipment and software to the maximum potential and acquire the skills they need for their businesses. Care provides a broad range of customer services and support including maintenance and troubleshooting to ensure that there are no obstacles preventing the work from getting done.
Ultimately, Lane said, the contest is about creating increased peace of mind for Roland DG customers. "This competition aims to help SEs who work on the front line to improve their skills by learning from each other, as well as increasing their personal pride and motivation," he said. "We would like to combine this objective with our desire to improve the service quality of the entire Roland DG Group, and to assist with the growth of our customers' businesses. I hope that through this competition we will be able to see growth in SEs from all parts of the world."
Yannig Van de Wouwer, from Belgium, earned the title of Champion at the 2013 global competition and claims it helped him acquire even higher skills and knowledge. "I acquired the understanding necessary to improve the quality of my own work," Wouwer said. "My customers now expect an even higher level of service than they did before. Every day, I try my best to live up to the expectations of customers who are proud to be served by a global champion."
The Australia and New Zealand competition will be held at Roland DG Australia headquarters in Sydney on the following dates:
- Wednesday 22 April, 2015
- Wednesday 29 April, 2015
The ASEAN region competition will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, with dates for this forthcoming.
The winner of these competitions will earn their place in the global final to be held at Roland DG Corporation headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan in October 2015.
For details regarding the 2015 SE Awards, please refer to the following website:
For details regarding SE Awards 2013, please refer to the following website:
*About the Global SE Awards
The SE Awards began in 2008 for SEs residing in Japan. In 2013, the competition was opened up to SEs worldwide. Twenty elite SEs selected from around the world gathered at the company's Hamamatsu HQ to compete for the world championship title by demonstrating the abilities and knowledge cultivated in their daily work through problem-solving trials and written exams.
All Roland DG Care Certified Service Engineers are eligible to take part in the Global SE Awards competition. In order to ensure its customers receive the same high-quality service and support worldwide, Roland DG offers a rigorous training and certification program for its service engineers. Certified SEs receive in-depth training on how Roland DG products are built, how to carry out product installation, repairs, inspections and maintenance, and have passed both practical and written exams proving that they possess appropriate knowledge and skills.
Hamamatsu, Japan, February 12, 2015 — Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of dental milling technologies, today announced the development of a new wet milling dental machine, the DWX-4W, to be exhibited at key dental conferences worldwide beginning in February 2015.
The recent introduction of CAD/CAM software, CNC milling machines and new restorative materials has revolutionised the production of dental prostheses, including crowns, copings and bridges. One of the most popular restorative materials is lithium disilicate, glass ceramic which is gaining support from dental clinics and patients for its superior hardness and aesthetic qualities. Roland developed the DWX-4W milling machine especially to meet the demands of this growing market.
“By providing a device capable of wet milling a wide variety of materials with reliable precision,” said Takuro Hosome, manager of medical business sales at Roland DG, “we plan to complement our existing portfolio of conventional dry milling machines which already receive great support from dental labs worldwide.”
Roland DG has identified a market need that it intends to fill. “In the current market,” Hosome said, “we are familiar with products that combine the functionality of dry milling and wet milling into a single machine. While these machines can process a variety of dental CAD/CAM materials, they require a changeover, however, when switching between wet and dry machining, which entails the disposal of milling residue, then cleaning the inside of the machine and drying out the processing area. Furthermore, the combination of two separate functions in one machine means both functions are compromised to some degree.”
“Roland DG’s multiple device solution,” Hosome continued, “combines dry milling and wet milling with the advantage of being able to handle the simultaneous processing of different materials by both dry and wet milling without the inconvenience and delay of a changeover. Each machine specialises in its intended function, which delivers optimal functionality, and compared to a dual-function machine, is more efficient. Furthermore,” Hosome added, “having separate machines opens up the ability to add an additional unit to meet production demands. For example, if the ratio of work involving zirconia and glass-ceramic is 3:1, an optimal setup could be a combination of a single unit of the flagship DWX-50 5-axis dry milling machine and a DWX-4W, or three 4-axis DWX-4 dry milling machines and a DWX-4W. After that, it is a simple matter to change the setup according to any shift in the workload.”
Upcoming DWX-4W Exhibitions:
LMT LAB DAY Chicago 2015
February 27-28, 2015
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, USA
March 10-14, 2015
Cologne exhibition center, Cologne, Germany
Booth #：Hall 3.1 Stand L030 M039
36th Australian Dental Congress
March 26-28, 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
20th Dental South China International Expo 2015
April 5-8, 2015
China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou, China
LMT LAB DAY West 2015
May 2, 2015
Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, USA
58th Congress Amici di Brugg 2015
May 21-23, 2015
Rimini Fiera, Rimini, Italy
13-Jan-2015 Introducing The CAMM-1 GS-24 Desktop Cutter
Sydney, Australia, January 13, 2015 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of large-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters, vinyl cutters, and other advanced digital devices, has introduced its most advanced desktop cutter ever, the new CAMM-1 GS-24, offering increased cutting power and precision, a host of high-performance features, and unsurpassed reliability.
The GS-24's robust build quality, redesigned cutting carriage and blade holder, 10x overlap cutting capability, and 350g of downforce (a 40 percent increase from its predecessor) allow users to cut a variety of materials from 50 to 700 mm wide - including thick, dense substrates - with ease and accuracy. Equipped with a powerful, durable digital servomotor, the GS-24 is built for optimum efficiency, versatility and productivity. It's capable of cutting vinyl, paint mask, twill, heat transfers - even magnetic materials and card stock - at speeds of up to 500 mm per second. With its combined power, speed and accuracy, the GS-24 is an unbeatable tool for creating high quality vehicle graphics, signs and decals, decorated apparel, specialty graphics and more. Perforated cutting capability also makes producing labels and decals for individual sale a simple task.
While the GS-24 incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, it is incredibly user-friendly. A newly-designed LCD panel allows for convenient monitoring and control, while a precise blade groove on the cutter's apron ensures easy manual cutting. There's also an included roller base that keeps feeds straight for a precise cut each and every time. The bundled Roland CutStudio™ software lets you enlarge, reduce, reposition, rotate and mirror images quickly and easily. An improved tiling function makes cutting oversized images a breeze, and you can even cut TrueType fonts without the need for outlining. CutStudio™ supports BMP, JPG, STX, AL and EPS file formats, as well as the ability to cut directly from Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
"Since Roland released the first CAMM-1 cutter in 1988, more than 420,000 cutters have been sold around the world", said John Wall, Roland DG Australia President & Director. "Continuous research, innovation and an in-depth understanding of the needs and wants of the market have led to the development of our new GS-24 - the most productive, easy to use desktop cutter in CAMM-1 history. Users, even those who are not familiar with digital cutting, will find it simple to achieve outstanding results with the GS-24 over a wide range of applications."
To learn more about the new CAMM-1 GS-24 desktop cutter, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/gs24 or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
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 email@example.com.
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®.
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.
*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.
*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.
05-Apr-2013 Introducing the New Roland PRO4 XF-640
The Fastest, Most Advanced Roland Wide-Format Printer to Date.
Sydney, Australia, April 2, 2013 - Roland DG Corporation, the leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional durable graphics, has introduced the latest addition to the all new PRO4 range. The 64-inch (1625mm) SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 is the company's fastest wide-format printer to date and is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. The PRO4 XF-640 incorporates next generation dual print heads and redesigned take-up and pinch roller systems, plus a host of other advanced features for high quality imaging at a maximum print speed of 102m2/hr., and every day real production speeds of 20-63m2/hr. to take your business to the next level of productivity.
"Today, more than ever, high-speed large format printers are in demand across developed countries and emerging markets alike," said Conrad Birkett, Roland DG Business Development Manager. "While high volume production is the goal for many of these businesses, quality imaging is equally important. The PRO4 XF-640 answers this need in the marketplace by combining exceptional print quality with reliable, high-speed performance. After the success of the versatile PRO4 XR-640 Print & Cut solution released last year, we are confident the new XF-640 advanced print only solution will be a popular addition to the PRO4 range."
Designed for both indoor and outdoor applications, the PRO4 XF-640 is the ideal production tool for signs, banners, vehicle wraps, window graphics, POP displays, trade show graphics, posters and more. With the PRO4 XF-640, new advanced print control technology incorporates the industry's most advanced print head in a staggered design for maximum productivity. The dual mirrored CMYK ink configuration virtually eliminates banding for consistent colour imaging when handling large graphic files. The new heads are also designed to fire high levels of ink for added density and rich, saturated colours. Roland's newest eco-solvent ink, ECO-SOL MAX 2™, dries quickly and delivers an expanded colour gamut for exceptional image quality.
The PRO4 XF-640 features a robust architecture with several new performance upgrades. Durable construction of its unique bearing rail and frame firmly support and stabilise the head assembly for highly precise ink droplet delivery. A total of 16 pinch rollers and a new grit roller system ensure flawless media feeding. Additionally, a redesigned media take-up system and heater maximise productivity by reducing the amount of time required for printing and drying graphics during high-speed, volume production.
Like the rest of the Roland printer range, the PRO4 XF-640 is easy to operate. A redesigned front-loading ink cartridge unit provides easy ink access while minimising the functional printer footprint. A latched maintenance cover protects the print head assembly and opens automatically at the touch of a button for easy cleaning. With the PRO4 XF-640, media loading levers are positioned in both the front and back for maximum convenience. Special media brackets support even the heaviest media rolls as they are loaded into place.
SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 Features:
- Built for high-speed production and outstanding image quality
- New head control technology drives the industry's latest print heads, staggered to achieve print speeds up to 102 m2/hr.
- Mirrored CMYK ink configuration ensures consistent imaging at top speeds
- Roland Intelligent Pass Control® precisely controls dot placement between passes for exceptional images, virtually free of banding
New ECO-SOL MAX 2™ ink produces rich, vibrant colours
- Increased ink coverage allows for high-density printing, even in the fastest mode
- Durable, scratch resistant and virtually odorless
- Supports coated and uncoated media
- Fast, consistent drying across prints for even colours and sharp images and text
- Environmentally friendly with no nickel compounds
- Durable construction of rail and frame stabilises head movement for precise ink droplets
New media take-up system for long, unattended production runs
- Redesigned for exceptional results at high print speeds
- New supply bar supports eliminate distortion
- New dancer roller device stabilises media handling
Redesigned heater supports quality high-speed printing with the take-up system
- Ensures even drying across every inch of the graphic
- New AC servo motor supports extended production runs
Easy operation ensures maximum productivity from the very first print
- Front loading ink cartridges are easy to access
- Media loading levers are located in both the front and back of the printer for maximum convenience
- Automated, latched maintenance cover opens at the touch of a button for easy cleaning
New 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 which estimates the amount of ink needed 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.
See the PRO4 XF-640 at PacPrint and Visual Impact Melbourne in May. Watch the feature video and find out more at www.rolanddg.asia/xf.
22-May-2012 Striking New Look for Roland DG Service Vehicles
Sydney, Australia, May 22, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading supplier of solutions to the Sign, Display and Graphics Arts industry, recently unveiled their new look vehicles for their NSW and Victorian Service Technicians. The vehicles have been updated with a vibrant new design to represent the Roland DG Care branding and to particularly demonstrate the application of the award winning ESL3-MT Eco Solvent Metallic ink.
The designs were printed with the versatile Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 printer/cutter, using the 3M IJ-180CV3 media. The metallic ink combined with the 3M 8518 gloss laminate made for spectacular results which are sure to turn heads as the vehicles are out on the open road.
"As the brand we aim to inspire our users to try and to achieve new applications," said John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG Australia. "With so many Roland users specialising in this area, there is a lot of pressure to do it well and create something inspiring. If nothing else, the new wraps demonstrate the striking metallic effects that can be achieved with metallic ink, and we hope to inspire our customers to find similar success in creating new opportunities with the metallic solutions".
The world's first metallic eco-solvent ink was released in late 2009 for the SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT printer/cutter. After winning a prestigious DPI award for Best Ink in 2009, Roland DG also released the revolutionary new VersaCAMM VS Series in 2010 with the metallic ink option. The VS Series with the famous Roland print & cut functionality, metallic ink and now available with a double white ink option, is fast becoming a very popular machine for sign writers, particularly with those who specialise in vehicle wrapping.
Clayton Ockerby and his experienced team at Pivot Creative made easy work of the wraps, and were impressed with the vibrant colours and application of the metallic ink. "We produce & install dozens of vehicle wraps a month, so we see plenty of different designs and applications" said Clayton. "We really liked the vibrant blue in these new Roland wraps, and the application of the metallic ink was quite impressive. Our Roland XC-540 has never let us down, but seeing this impressive metallic application definitely challenges me to think about an upgrade to the XC-540MT metallic option."
The recently expanded Roland DG service fleet is an integral part of the Roland DG Care customer support programme. Roland DG Service Engineers travel thousands of kilometres each week to visit customers, provide technical advice and perform regular maintenance as part of the Roland DG extended warranty programme. Keep an eye out for the new look Roland service vehicles at your next service, driving around Sydney or Melbourne, or visit one of the Roland DG Creative Centres to view the vehicles and a vast range of other unique applications produced by Roland DG.
To see more photos of the new Roland wraps visit the Roland DG Flickr gallery.
25-Apr-2012 New Appointment to Strengthen Roland DG Care
Sydney, Australia, April 23, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters and 3D milling and engraving solutions, today announced the appointment of a new National Service Manager, Solomon Ferreira.
Roland DG welcomes Solomon back to the Roland DG family, having worked previously at Roland DG New Zealand as Business Development Manager for 3D and Education. Staying close to the Roland brand since then, Solomon has most recently worked at Roland DG's New Zealand partner, Aarque Graphics in the role of National Service Delivery Manager, overseeing Aarque's extensive national service network. Solomon brings to this new role over 20 years of experience in technical services, training, education and development with various companies around the world."Solomon is a welcome and valuable addition to the Roland team," says Roland DG Sales Director, John Wall. "Solomon brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to the Service Manager position that will be invaluable to develop and extend the Roland DG Care program into the future."
Having now moved to Sydney, Solomon will be working with the team to improve operational efficiencies in order to take the Roland DG Care program to the next level and deliver superior customer service and technical support to the market.
"Our comprehensive service and support programme, Roland DG Care, is something that sets Roland DG products apart," says Wall. "We know the value of getting it right, and the cost of getting it wrong. So we are working hard to make sure our Roland DG Care programme is rigid, effective, and reliable and sets a new high standard in the industry for service and support."
For more information Roland DG Care visit www.rolanddgcare.com.au .
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23-Apr-2012 Introducing The New Roland VersaART Range
Sydney, Australia, April 23, 2012 - Roland DG Corp., a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, has introduced two new VersaART 64-inch (1625mm) inkjet printers: the RE-640 eco-solvent model for worldwide distribution, and the RA-640* aqueous model for distribution in China and Korea where large format aqueous inkjets are widely used.
"The new VersaART printer line was designed to meet the demands of today's global marketplace by providing high-speed printing and impressive colour reproduction at an affordable price point," said Conrad Birkett, Roland DG business development manager. "Sign shops and print providers across western countries will appreciate the performance features, versatility and outstanding overall value offered by our eco-solvent RE-640. The RA-640 addresses the demands of emerging markets by combining our most advanced technologies into an aqueous inkjet platform, widely used in these countries."
The new VersaART RE-640 (front) and RA-640 (rear)
Engineered for long, unattended production runs, the new VersaART line features Roland's latest print head technology for outstanding image quality. The VersaART's unique eight-channel print head accurately reproduces the finest details while delivering vibrant high-density colours for flawless photographic reproductions, smooth gradations and superb contrast. A mirrored dual CMYK ink configuration (CMYKKYMC) produces unrivaled colour consistency, even in the fastest print modes - 33m2/h for the RA-640 and 23.1 m2/h for the RE-640. In fact, with the new VersaArt series, the image quality achieved in high-speed mode equals that of the previous model's standard mode. As a result, high-quality prints can be produced much faster.
VersaART RE-640/RA-640 Features:
- 64-inch (1625mm) wide-format inkjet printer line, available in two models:
- RE-640, featuring ECO-SOL MAX ink
- RA-640*, equipped with aqueous ink
- Four colours (dual CMYK) offered in both models
- The industry's most advanced print head technology for exceptional print quality
- Variable droplet control produces droplets in seven different sizes to accurately reproduce every detail
- Mirrored eight-channel ink configuration ensures colour consistency at all print speeds
- Roland Intelligent Pass Control virtually eliminates banding
- Maximum print speeds
- 23.1m2/hr. for the RE-640
- 33m2/hr. for the RA-640
- Easy maintenance and low running costs
- Automated cleaning function preserves the print head while minimizing ink consumption
- A dual-wiping system effectively removes dust and debris from the print head to reduce maintenance requirements
- Powerful, easy-to-use Roland VersaWorks® RIP software
- Media profiles that automatically adjust the colour, amount of ink and other factors critical to print quality
- Easy-to-use interface for quality results from the very first print
- Energy Star and Roland ECO label certified for environmentally-friendly operation and long-term performance
- Unmatched service and support with Roland DG Care, Academy and Creative Center
Service and Support Resources
For added value, Roland products are backed by Roland DG Care, providing reliable, world-class service and support for all Roland products over their lifespan. Roland DG Academy teaches everything from printer basics to advanced production techniques, applications and more. The Roland DG Creative Center is an extensive online gallery of real-world applications and a great source of inspiration for new creative ideas.
* The RA-640 model is currently not available in the Australian/NewZealand market.
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26-Mar-2012 Specialised White Ink Configuration
Introducing Specialised White Ink Configuration for Roland VersaSTUDIO BN-20 and VersaCAMM VS Series
Sydney, Australia, March 27, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, today announced that the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 and VersaCAMM VS Series eco-solvent metallic inkjet printer/cutters, now offer a specialsed new ink configuration for white-colour printing applications. This new configuration is available in 5 colours for the BN-20 - cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white; and 7 colours for the VS-Series - cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan light magenta and double white. Users can choose the ink configuration that best suits their business needs at the time of purchasing.
"Currently white colour printing is available for screen printing and gravure printing," said Conrad Birkett, Business Development Manager Roland DG Australia. "However, the high costs involved in plate making and paper use with these traditional methods means that small lot printing becomes unprofitable. Moreover, these traditional methods can take several days just to deliver a few pieces of print. With the new white-colour configuration, Roland's BN-20 and VS Series are an ideal solution for small printing businesses, design offices and medium-sized screen printers to increase productivity, add value to their offering and cover a wider-variety of their customer's needs."
In today's market, the life cycle of a product is getting shorter, and as a result visual communication tools are becoming more significant to enhance retail promotions and drive sales. With innovative solutions such as the new white ink configuration, Roland DG aims to provide printing businesses with the tools to meet the growing demand from brand owners, retail outlets and design houses for small lot and specialsed printing.
VersaSTUDIO BN-20 - Compact and Low Running Cost
The BN-20 is a 20" (515mm) wide compact desktop ECO-Solvent inkjet printer/cutter. The BN-20 allows you to print small lot graphics on a wide variety of media including transparent film. You can also easily produce prototypes of soft packaging, bottle packaging design and labels right from your desktop. The BN-20 will allow you to save production costs and time with the unique Roland Print&Cut workflow that prints and contour cuts graphics of virtually any shape. In addition, by using transparent film users can achieve a luxurious feel where it appears as if there is no label at all, which is useful for beauty products, and various packaging applications.
VersaCAMM VS Series - High Opacity, High Speed and Quick Dry
The VS Series Eco-Solvent inkjet printer/cutters are available in 4 different widths: 30" (762mm), 42" (1071mm), 54" (1370mm) and 64" (1625mm). Using transparent film and the new white ink configuration with high-opacity white, the VS Series can produce a wide variety of high-quality applications such as small lot packaging prototypes, window displays, or labels and decals. The new white ink configuration increases speed by 200% for standard white colour printing compared to the previous Roland configurations. Furthermore, white colour printing is twice the speed for the double white setup compared with the previous Roland configuration for high productivity. The combination of a dedicated dryer and blower fitted on the VS-series device vastly increases productivity, and assures efficient drying of the white ink even in high opacity mode.
TIFF Merge Function Assures High Quality Printing of Process-Colour and White Colour
For precision printing, "TIFF Merge" function has been added to both the BN-20 and the VS-Series. The TIFF Merge function sends and prints a process-colour data file and a white-colour data file at the same time, preventing any gap between the two files, which can occur when the two files are sent to the printer and printed separately.
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Sydney, Australia, March 1, 2012 - Leading wide-format print, 3D milling and engraving solution providers Roland DG Australia have recently launched a new Authorised Dealer Logo. The new logo brings a fresh creative look, which ties into the companies 'Imagine' branding.
Originally launched in 2006, the Authorised Dealer Programme is now well recognised in the industry as a way of distinguishing a company that has the backing of the manufacturer, and who offer an unparalleled high level of support and service across the Roland DG product range.
The distinctive new look logo represents a new phase in Roland DG's partner relationships, and aims to reinforce the quality and value of its current dealer channel. John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director commented, "Roland Authorised Dealers invest a great deal of time and money to be the best suppliers within the industry and in supporting the Roland DG brand. By purchasing machines and supplies from a Roland Authorised Dealer, the customer can feel at ease knowing not only that they are purchasing genuine Roland products, but are also backed by a comprehensive warranty and after sales care all part of the Roland DG Care programme."
For more information, or to locate an Authorised Roland Dealer visit www.rolanddg.com.au/dealers or call 02 9975 0000.
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Sydney, Australia, February 15, 2012 – Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide format print solutions, 3D milling and engraving technologies, have announced the regional winners of the Roland Creative Awards.
Beginning in September 2011, the global competition attracted more than 1000 entries worldwide, and over 100 entries in the South Pacific region. Showcasing their best work produced on a Roland device, entrants were competing for prizes including iPad’s, a trip to Japan and the worldwide grand prize of Roland device of their choice.
Regional winners were chosen by an experienced judging panel made up of VISA President, Mark Tailby, ASGA President, David Hay, Roland DG Managing Director, Marc Margetts, Roland DG Sales Director, John Wall, and Roland DG Business Development Manager, Conrad Birkett. Each entry was judged based on three specific criteria - Creativity, Innovation and Execution.
“The quality of entries was generally very high, and I was impressed with what can be achieved with Roland devices,” said David Hay. “Everyone knows you can print a fantastic vehicle wrap with a Roland, but there were some other very unique and specialised applications that I never imagined would be produced on a Roland.”
The South Pacific regional winners are:
- Regional Winner (1st place): Whites Law Bindery - Mahogany Room Menu Folder’
- Honourable Mention (2nd place): Signs QLD – ‘Shane's Autoglass VW Transporter’
- Honourable Mention (3rd place): Signrite – ‘Holyoake Captiva’
Marc Margetts commented “Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their creative work with the world. Congratulations to Whites Law Bindery for their amazing ‘Mahogany Room Menu Folder’ that was executed perfectly and clearly demonstrates how Roland technology can work together to produce innovative and creative works”.
Whites Law Bindery have won a trip to Japan to compete against regional winners from across the globe for the worldwide grand prize – announced on the 17th April 2012.
To view the winning entries and over 1000 more creative works from around the globe visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com.
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14-Feb-2012 Roland DG Intruduces the METAZA MPX-90M
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 - Roland DG Corp., a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling, engraving and direct part marking technologies, today introduced the new METAZA MPX-90M, a desktop impact printer designed to permanently mark UDI (Unique Device Identification) barcodes on medical instruments for tracking and traceability. Incorporating 30 years of Roland's proven technology, the MPX-90M quickly creates two-dimensional (2D) DataMatrix barcodes that meet GS1*1 standards, and imprints them on the surface of medical instruments with high speed and precision. MPX-90M barcodes can be read with commercially available barcode scanners*2 to trace and track the usage of medical instruments throughout their lifecycle.
"To protect the safety of patients, medical professionals need a reliable way to trace and track the usage of instruments such as scalpels, tweezers and forceps," said Matthew Landrigan, Roland DG 3D product manager. "The new MPX-90M has been exclusively designed for this application, marking tools and devices with lasting barcodes, serial numbers and other information. Among the industry's most precise direct part marking tools, the MPX-90M creates 2D DataMatrix barcodes as small as one square millimeter."
The MPX-90M imprints data on a wide variety of materials*3 without generating any odor or debris. Because it does not burn or remove materials, marked surfaces remain protected from corrosion. With the MPX-90M, no special training is required. The included vise makes it easy to secure an item and a built-in laser pointer pinpoints the exact area to be marked. Its compact footprint and energy efficiency make the MPX-90M ideal for small office settings, as well as medical-instrument manufacturers and suppliers.
METAZA MPX-90M Features
- Durable diamond-tipped stylus directly imprints on titanium, stainless steel and other hard metals*3
- Quickly imprints 26 digits of information inside an area as small as one square millimeter
- Clean, high-speed precision marking does not burn or remove material on impact
- Operation is free of odors and debris
- Marked area will not rust
- Includes GS1 standard 2D DataMatrix barcode software
- Imports CSV spreadsheet files for variable data printing which allows for serialisation of barcodes
- Imprints logos, text and graphics in jpg or bmp file formats to incorporate branding elements and other customised data
- Easy to setup and use with the included vise and built-in laser pointer and no special training or daily maintenance required
- Compact footprint and energy efficient design make it ideal for small office settings, as well as medical instrument manufacturers and suppliers
- The built-in laser pointer is safe to use, with a fully enclosed, class 1 laser
Included METAZAStudio Software Generates UDI Numbers
The MPX-90M comes with METAZAStudio software, which includes a 2D DataMatrix barcode feature. To create a unique barcode, simply select the barcode icon from the software's main screen and enter the appropriate UDI numbers. The software does the rest, creating a 2D DataMatrix barcode that can be output on the MPX-90M. METAZAStudio also imports CSV files for variable data printing to add 2D DataMatrix barcodes with a series of numbers and text. METAZAStudio also imprints logos and graphics in jpg, bmp or Adobe Illustrator 8 (ai/eps) file formats to incorporate branding elements.
For more information download the MPX-90M Brochure, or contact Roland DG today on 1800 500 119 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*1 GS1 is an international not-for-profit association with member organizations in over 100 countries, dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards to improve the efficiency and visibility globally and across sectors.
*2 Computer and barcode scanner required for a complete UDI system.
*3 Vickers hardness (HV) of the surface to be imprinted must not exceed 200.
08-Feb-2012 Roland DG Announce 2012 Training Dates
Developed and fine-tuned by experienced Roland DG product specialists, these full day courses provide detailed lessons on how to use both the standard and advanced features of VersaWorks™. Elements covered include:
- Colour management
- Advanced media & production tips
- Managing and tweaking profiles
- Workflow Automation
- New features in the latest version of VersaWorks™
- Important maintenance that will help extend the life of your Roland printer.
The Academy courses offer an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge with the most up to date skills, improve business productivity and commercial performance, or cater for new staff as they enter your organisation. The training sessions also benefit prospective clients who attend training sessions, enabling them to see how easy it is to use solutions and hear real-world feedback from other students.
The courses are on offer throughout Australia and will commence in Sydney and Melbourne as below with dates for Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to be announced shortly. Don't miss out, register today and mark these dates in your calendar:
- 29th March - Sydney
- 17th May - Melbourne
- 12th July - Sydney
- 30th August - Melbourne
- 4th October - Sydney
- 22nd November - Melbourne
To register, or for more information on Roland DG Academy visit www.rolanddg.com.au/academy or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.
In addition to Roland Academy training courses, Roland DG has been running Roland Clinic days at their Sydney office since 2008.
Roland DG is excited to announce that these Clinics will now also be held in Melbourne every Friday commencing 17th February 2012 - bookings are essential. Product Specialists will be on hand to assist with any specific issues that customers may be facing in their day to day work.
There is no charge to attend the clinics, and they are open to the public with non-Roland users also welcome to attend. Materials, tooling and files are encouraged to be brought along.
To register for Roland Clinic visit www.rolanddgcare.com.au/rolandclinic or call Roland DG on 02 9975 0000 for further information.**ENDS**
23-Jan-2012 Roland DG and TeamVodafone Continue Partnership
Roland DG Continues to Power V8 Supercar Champions Print Requirements
Sydney, Australia, 18 January 2012 - Leading wide format manufacturer Roland DG Australia and 2011 V8 Supercar champions TeamVodafone, will continue their successful partnership into 2012.
Coming off a highly successful 2011, which saw Jamie Whincup take out the V8 Supercar Championship title ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone are preparing for another big year in 2012, and will once again rely on Roland equipment to power all their printing requirements. The new Holden Commodore's, the re-designed transporter, the pit walls and other equipment will all be produced by the innovative Roland XC-540MT printer/cutter with metallic ink technology, and finished with the Roland VersaLAM laminator and VersaCUT print trimmers.
TeamVodafone Commercial Operations Manager Peter Jamieson commented, "We had a very successful 2011 both on and off the track, highlighted by the fact that we also won the 'Best Presented Team' which we have to thank the Roland equipment as it played a big part, by reliably producing exceptional results for all our in-house graphic needs.
Since receiving the Roland equipment, we have been constantly impressed with its capabilities and are looking forward to extending the car livery boundaries into the future. Our aim is to remain at the forefront of the Championship, and the XC-540MT gives us the ability to consistently deliver quality prints, meaning our cars will continue to look fantastic, allowing us to focus on winning races!"
"Congratulations to Jamie, Craig and the whole team on the 2011 Championship!" said John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG. "TeamVodafone had an amazing year in 2011 and Roland DG was proud to be associated with such a professional and successful organisation"
With planning for 2012 well underway, and the Clipsal 500 not far off, TeamVodafone will once again be working with Roland DG to get the best results from their printing. "We look forward to working together with TeamVodafone again in 2012 to achieve the same success as 2011" said John.
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18-Jan-2012 FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT v10.5 RELEASED
SAi Implements its PDF RIP Engine - FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT : v10.5 RELEASED
Sydney, Australia, 18 January 2012 - Roland DG Australia, an official reseller for SA International (SAi), the leading provider of Solutions for the Professional Sign Making, Large Format Digital Printing and CAD/CAM for CNC Machining Industries, are pleased to announce that we have released FlexiSIGN v10.5 and PhotoPRINT v10.5 for Windows. The new installers can be downloaded from www.SAintl.biz/pdf, type in your keynumber and the 4 first digits of your passwords and you will immediately receive your 10.5 password by return and a download link to 10.5. ICC profiles created in 6.1v2 and above versions do not have to be recreated in the new v10.5. ICC profiles can be downloaded separately from www.photoprint10.com and www.flexisign10.com .
Highlights for this release are:
- PDF RIP engine. This next generation raster image processing technology highly improves rendering of transparencies and allows to choose the page bounding box for PDF files
- Repeat Job has been added to PhotoPRINT SE
- Added Pantone Plus libraries
- Added font size selection for barcode 128
- Improved the nesting algorithm in Flexi to further optimize media usage
- New Added Drivers for the Roland: VersaUV LEC-12 and VersaStudio BN-20.
Customers with Flexi 10 (with RIP) or PhotoPRINT 10 software will need a new password to run the free 10.5 update. To make this process as seamless as possible, SAi will make the new passwords available on a special site.Visit www.SAintl.biz/pdf to obtain your 10.5 password and a direct link to the 10.5 installer. Please note that no updater is available for existing 10.0.1/10.0.2/10.0.3 and 10.0.4 installations, a new 10.5 install is required. This link can also be used to obtain your new 10.5 NFR-password.
Previous versions - which included the Adobe CPSI RIP engine - will no longer be commercially available : this applies specifically for all pre-10.5 printing products (including V8.x/V6.x and older) on Win-PC and OSX-Mac, including upgrades to, new licenses and site licenses.
Exception to the above applies for exchanges for broken keys and the extension of existing NFR dealer-licenses.
For more information or should you have any further questions please contact Roland DG today.
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20-Dec-2011 Roland Creative Awards Deadline Extension
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, December 21, 2011 - Roland DG customers worldwide now have until January 29, 2012, to showcase their best work and compete for thousands in prizes, including a trip to Japan and the Roland device of their choice. The deadline to enter the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS has been extended in response to the popularity of the contest, which has received more than 570 entries since its launch on September 21, 2011.
"This contest has truly been one of the highlights of the year for us," said John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG Australia. "We are getting such a wide variety of entries, from wall murals to vehicle wraps and even Lego figurine decals produced on the new VersaStudio BN-20, and each entry is so imaginative. We invite everyone to visit the site and vote for their favorites."
Celebrating the company's worldwide 30th anniversary, the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS are open to all users*1 of Roland equipment across the globe at www.rolandcreativeawards.com. Entries will be judged based on Creativity, Innovation and Execution in each of 14 regions representing 123 countries. More than 75 prizes are being awarded worldwide, including:
• Monthly People's Choice Awards - This award recognises one top entry per region each month, as voted by site visitors.
• Honourable Mention Awards - Honourable mention will be named in each region with prizes varying by region.
• Regional Winner - Regional winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two (2) to Japan*2 to celebrate 30 years with Roland DG and compete for the global grand prize in April 2012.
• Worldwide Grand Prize - The contest's top entrant worldwide will win his or her choice of a Roland machine -- a VersaCAMM VS series 42" printer/cutter, an EGX-360 gift engraver, a JWX-30 jewellery model maker or an MDX-40A milling machine.
Judging for the worldwide competition will take place during Roland's 30th Anniversary Celebration, to be held in April 2012 at the company's global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan.
To participate in the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS, Roland customers must submit entries online by January 29, 2012. For more information, visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com or contact your local Roland DG office.
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*1 The contest is not open for some regions or countries. For a complete list of participating Roland DG locations, please visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com/region-list
*2 Trip to Japan includes: Roundtrip airfares, 5 nights accommodation (3 star or similar), transfers, meals and sightseeing for the regional winner and his/her guest.
For complete terms & conditions visit http://www.rolandcreativeawards.com/terms-and-conditions/
30-Nov-2011 New Version of FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT
New Versions of FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT Plus December Special Offers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 30, 2011 - As an official Australian Partner, Roland DG Australia announced that SAi have released FlexiSIGN v10.0.4 and PhotoPRINT v10.0.4 for Windows. The updaters for existing 10.x installations and the new installers can be downloaded from www.PhotoPRINT10.com or www.FlexiSIGN10.com.Highlights for this release are:
- Barcode 128 support
- Alternate colorspace for spotcolors on export
- Improved Send to VersaWorks
- Roland Metallic Ink Workflow for VersaWorks
Please note to some drivers & features require an additional optional password for the Flexi or PhotoPRINT license, Contact Roland DG for information on how to obtain the optional password(s). Below is a link to both the updater and complete installer :
Installer : 10.0.4 Installer
Updater : 10.0.4 Update
FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT CELEBRATE the Release of Version 10.0.4 with DECEMBER PROMOTIONS
During December 2011 existing users of FlexiSIGN or PhotoPRINT are invited to add the following options to their license with 50% discount:
Tiling & Nesting to any PhotoPrint SE : $490 now $245
Tiling Separately to any PhotoPrint SE : $290 now $145
Nesting Separately to any PhotoPrint DX or SE : $290 now $145
ColorProfiler to any RIP product : $790 now $395
PlusPRINT RIP add on for Flexi (Sign or Expert) : $790 now $395
Contact Roland DG Australia on 1800 500 119 or email@example.com to take advantage of these special offers.
28-Nov-2011 Colour-Accurate Proofing and Mock-up Solutions
CGS, Roland DG and Revolution Transfers join forces to offer a portfolio of color-accurate packaging proofing and mock-up solutions that now include metallics.
Successful UK Roland DG dealer Revolution Transfers to represent ORIS color management solutions for packaging and large format applications throughout the UK. Being first to the proofing market with an eco-solvent solution that includes metallic and white ink capabilities.
Like the Roland VersaUV series, the solution includes integrated print and cut within the same device, a wide range of media options and costs per proof which are a fraction compared to laser based legacy systems or even water based inkjet technology.
Hainburg (Germany) / Minneapolis MN, (November 28, 2011) – CGS Publishing Technologies International, global leader of color management solutions, digital proofing systems and specially formulated media, announced today that Revolution Transfers, Coalville, Leicestershire has become a CGS reseller. Revolution Transfers will represent the CGS packaging and large format color management products in the UK, particularly concentrating on end-to-end solution bundles, including the award-winning ORIS Color Tuner // Web and Roland DG’s VersaUV LEC and VersaCAMM VS printer ranges.
"We have been highly successful in selling the innovative Roland DG VersaUV LEC print, cut and crease range in the UK, which enables printing onto own stock with white and gloss inks. As a natural extension, we immediately saw the enormous impact Roland’s VersaCAMM VS printer/cutter series would have on the flexible packaging market”, states Jan Edgecombe, Managing Director of Revolution Transfers.
“The VersaCAMM VS printer/cutters feature eco-solvent ink technology that will deliver highly color accurate proofs, with integrated print and cut within the same device, and include white and metallic ink on media that is an incredibly close match to the substrates used in the final production. However we recognised the included RIP could not fulfil the demanding color management requirements of the packaging industry,” explains Edgecombe.
“When Roland DG introduced the ORIS solution from CGS, we were immediately enthusiastic about it. Taking the complex requirements of the demanding packaging industry into account, ORIS Color Tuner // Web enables you to produce results which are absolutely stunning.
CGS also provides a full range of substrates, ranging from an ultra-thin clear film to metallised film and even shrink foil. We can therefore offer a complete end-to-end solution, including hardware, software and media, along with reference profiles, complete with the option of special, value added white and metallic ink,” concludes Edgecombe.
Steve Chappell, Business Manager at Roland DG (UK) Ltd comments: “We are absolutely delighted with this new agreement and it is fantastic to be the first to the proofing and packaging market with an end-to-end solution that can utilise both metallic and white ink. Revolution Transfers are re ally opening up a variety of options for these customers, with the use of special inks and effects that can be created on Roland’s printer/cutters. Both Roland VersaUV and VersaCAMM products offer customers a wider range of printable materials whilst reducing printing costs when compared to water based proofing technology.”
"We are very pleased to be working with Revolution Transfers. Their team has an outstanding reputation in the UK market and a broad expertise in color management, which is necessary to understand the requirements of complex environments like the packaging industry,” states Heiner Mueller, Director of Communications & Business Development at CGS.
“The tie-up with CGS and Revolution Transfers now enables Roland DG to offer a color managed solution for the eco-solvent VersaCAMM VS range as well as the VersaUV LEC range, providing a cost-effective end-to-end packaging proofing solution that includes both metallic and white.” Müller concludes.
For further information about Revolution Transfers, visit www.revolutiontransfers.co.uk . For details on Roland DG’s VersaUV LEC or VersaCAMM VS printer range, suitable for the flexible packaging market visit www.rolanddg.com.au and for more information on color management from CGS visit www.cgs-oris.com .
Jan Edgecombe, Revolution Transfers (l.), Steve Chappell, Roland DG UK (r.)
with Roland VersaCAMM VS-420
Press Contact CGS
Director Communications & Business Development
CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH
Phone +49 6182-9626-0 | Mobile +49 172-926 86 30 | Fax +49 6182-9626-99
SAS Visuelle Kommunikation
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Phone: +49 172-511-2633
Established in 1985, CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH, Hainburg, Germany, is a world leader in color proofing, productivity and production systems for the professional graphics arts market. Headquartered near Frankfurt, CGS also has operations in the Americas, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world. More information can be found on the CGS Web site: http://www.cgs-oris.com/.
02-Nov-2011 Roland DG wins viscom BEST of 2011 Award
The VersaSTUDIO BN-20 takes out the Signmaking category for its metallic printing, desktop size, and affordability
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 4, 2011 – Roland DG Corporation today announced that the VersaSTUDIO BN-20, 20-inch wide metallic Eco-SOL MAX inkjet printer/cutter, received the prestigious viscom BEST of 2011 Award in the sign-making category at viscom Düsseldorf 2011.
“We are pleased that the jury recognized the BN-20’s unique ability as a desktop device to print metallic ink, and furthermore offer it at a reasonable price,” said Kevin Shigenoya, Roland DG product marketing executive officer. “We aim to meet the needs of businesses and will continue to encourage the broad use of inkjet devices in the market by demonstrating that versatile applications, such as metallic printing, adds value to products and services.”
Roland VersaSTUDIO BN-20
The BN-20 is the industry’s first metallic desktop eco-solvent printer/cutter. The BN-20 combines all the versatility and advanced features of Roland’s latest inkjet printing technologies into a compact, affordable device. The BN-20 quickly and easily produces a wide range of full-color prints with metallic effects, on demand, for apparel heat transfers, labels, decals, POP, promotional signage and more. Integrated print/cut technology allows the BN-20 to contour cut graphics into virtually any shape without additional die cutting equipment. The BN-20 includes powerful Roland VersaWorks® RIP software exclusively developed for Roland inkjets.
BEST of 2011 Award and viscom düsseldorf
viscom is the largest trade show in Europe for signmaking industry, taking place biannually, switching between Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. Since it was founded in 1986, viscom has become the leading trade show for visual communication. The viscom Awards honour the innovative achievements of the Viscom exhibitors. There are five categories for the awards: Signmaking, Large-format printing/LFP, Light advertising, Textile refinement and Software. The jury consisted of the editors-in-chief of various trade magazines, representatives of trade organizations and members of the exhibition organization.
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Roland DG Corporation
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Roland DG Corporation is a leading worldwide manufacturer of inkjet devices, milling and engraving machines, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, a jewelry wax model maker and photo impact printers. Roland pioneered the development of Print&Cut technology and today is the number one brand of Print&Cut devices with more than 85,000 sold worldwide.* In addition, the company markets software and other components that provide professionals with complete solutions. Roland DG's "Digital Value Engineering" (DVE) employs the latest digital technology to improve the company's business workflow processes. Integral to DVE, Roland DG has replaced its conventional production lines with a digitally-controlled system entitled Digital Yatai. Roland's Digital Yatai production technology features guided on-screen instructions and other automated systems that enable individuals to produce Roland inkjet printers and other products in an unassisted manner while preventing human errors. Roland DG is ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company strives to preserve environmental protection while maintaining the highest quality standards.
ECO-UV S Named Industry's Top Digital Ink and LEJ-640 Hybrid Flatbed UV-LED Printer Earns Honorable Mention
** Roland DGA Press release - click here for original article
Irvine, Calif. Oct. 27, 2011 – Roland DGA Corp. announced that the company's new ECO-UV S ink took top honors in SGIA's Product of the Year 2011 competition in the Digital Ink category. Roland's VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed printer received the Honorable Mention award for Poster Size UV Inkjet Printers under 96 inches.
These awards follow several prestigious industry honors for VersaUV technology, including past DPI, EDP and Label Industry Global Innovation awards.
"We are honored by these awards and believe they reflect the strength of Roland VersaUV LED technology," said Rick Scrimger, vice president and general manager of Roland DGA Corp. "The VersaUV platform is truly revolutionary and has been embraced by businesses for applications ranging from labels and packaging prototypes to signage, POP displays and even personalized gifts and electronics."
Roland VersaUV inkjets come in five models, ranging from 12 to 64 inches in width. Wide-format VersaUV models support the new, highly flexible ECO-UV S ink, which expands up to 220 percent. This extended elasticity allows prints to mold perfectly to the contours of PET bottles and plastic cups, and ensures flawless results on thermoformed plastic that is commonly used for items ranging from food service trays to auto parts packaging and consumer electronics cases. ECO-UV S is offered in CMYK and white for the VersaUV LEJ-640 printer and LEC series printer/cutters.
The 64-inch LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed printer prints CMYK, white and clear coat, which produces embossed and tactile effects on both flexible roll media and rigid substrates up to a half-inch thick, ranging from shrink wrap, pressure sensitive media and papers to corrugated cardboard, polycarbonate sheets and foam board. Users can choose from original ECO-UV or new ECO-UV S inks.
Roland DGA Corp.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Roland DGA Corp. serves as the U.S.-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corp. in Hamamatsu, Japan. Celebrating 30 years of innovation, Roland provides business-critical solutions everyday to professionals across the sign, grand-format, sublimation, UV inkjet, digital graphics, vehicle graphics, fine art, dental, photography, packaging, label, engraving and 3D modeling industries. Roland DGA is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and Roland DG is ISO 9001:2000 and 14001:2004 certified. For more information on Roland products, please call (800) 542-2307 or visit the Roland website at www.rolanddga.com.
Roland DG Corporation
A worldwide leader in digital technology for the sign and display, graphic arts, photographic reproduction, engraving and 3D modelling industries, Roland DG was formed in 1981 from a small division of world-renowned musical equipment manufacturer, Roland Corporation. Since becoming its own company 30 years ago, Roland DG's vision, precision and commitment to quality have revolutionised the way creative professionals work. From the original CAD plotters and digital vinyl cutters to today's high-performance digital printing and engineering solutions, Roland products have always been at the forefront of technology and innovation.
05-Oct-2011 Roland DG Introduce iModela iM-01
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 5, 2011 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling and engraving technologies, today introduced the new iModela iM-01. Incorporating 25 years of Roland's proven 3D milling technology, the iModela is an inexpensive, easy-to-use desktop device that mills wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and hobby projects.
"Digital devices have transformed the way we do so many things, and continue to play an important role in the lives of people everywhere," said John Wall, Roland DG Business Development Manager. "With iModela, artists around the world can bring their most innovative design ideas to life, adding dimension and style to creative projects, whether or not they have any previous experience with 3D technologies. iModela makes it easy to create a physical model from an artist's 3D rendering, using powerful 3D modeling technology to sculpt shapes, drill holes, create reliefs, smooth surfaces and engrave designs. With iModela, 3D modellers and hobbyists can affordably produce even the most complex designs with precision."
iModela Creator Design Software Included
With the iModela Creator design software, iModela is a complete solution for producing a wide range of items, from charms, pendants and key chains to small figurines and accessories for doll houses or model train sets.
iModela Creator allows users to create and mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns with precision right out of the box. Free-hand drawing tools are available so users can sketch out more complex ideas. With iModela Creator, users can either download a file or create original 3D models and designs with their computer. Intuitive menus and icons make design and production easy, even for novice users. Once the milling material is loaded, the iModela produces the design in precise detail.
Roland iModela iM-01 Features:
• Precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of foam, wax, balsa wood and plastic
• iModela Creator, Roland's 3D design software, is included, allowing users to accurately mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns right out of the box
• Affordable, easy-to-use platform for exploring creativity
• Easy to setup and operate, with just a power switch, simple LED display and external control panel for adjusting computer settings
• Compact, desktop device stores in a dedicated carrying case and travels easily
• A specially designed spindle motor*1 unit supports a variety of milling tools*2 commonly available at model shops and do-it-yourself (DIY) retailers
• iModela artists can share projects and learn from others around the world by joining the online community at http://icreate.rolanddg.com*3
Exclusive iModela Online Community
To help iModela artists further their creative goals, iModela has its own dedicated website, http://icreate.rolanddg.com.*3 In addition to complete information on the product, the site discusses design ideas, production workflows and maintenance tips, and also offers free project samples which can be downloaded for production on iModela. Direct links to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter allow iModela users to share projects and techniques with each other. The site also features a wide range of optional materials and supplies as well as the iModela unit.
*1 Spindle motor is compatible with 130 motor for model.
*2 Accommodates both new and used tools (dia. 2.35mm), including router bits.
*3 The online community will open on November 9, 2011.
21-Sep-2011 Roland Creative Awards
Roland DG Celebrates 30th Anniversary with the
ROLAND DG CREATIVE AWARDS
HAMAMATSU, JAPAN, September 21, 2011 - To celebrate the company's 30th anniversary, Roland DG is inviting customers worldwide to participate in its first ever global awards contest.
"We owe our success to our loyal customers and are excited about the opportunity to share their creative achievements with the world through the Roland DG Creative Awards 2011," said Kevin Shigenoya, executive officer and general manager, Roland DG Product Marketing Department. "Thirty years is a true milestone and during this time our customers have produced some amazing creative work."
The 2011 ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS are open from September 21 through December 31, 2011 to all users*1 of Roland equipment around the globe. All entries will be showcased live online at www.rolandcreativeawards.com where anyone, Roland user or not, can participate by voting for their favourite entry to determine the monthly People's Choice winner. For the major prizes, official judges will select winners based on Creativity, Innovation and Execution in each of 14 regions representing 123 countries worldwide. Prizes awarded including:
- Monthly People's Choice Awards - One top entry per region will be selected each month (September/October, November and December), with prizes varying by region
- Honourable Mention Awards - Two honourable mention winners will be named in each region with prizes varying by region.
- Regional Winner - One regional winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two (2) to Japan*2 to celebrate 30 years with Roland DG and compete for the global grand prizein April 2012.
- Worldwide Grand Prize - The contest's top entrant worldwide will win his or her choice of a Roland machine -- a VersaCAMM VS series 42"printer/cutter, an EGX-360 gift engraver, a JWX-30 jewellery model maker or an MDX-40A milling machine.*3
To participate in the ROLAND CREATIVE AWARDS, Roland customers must submit entries online by December 31, 2011. For more information visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com or contact Roland DG Australia on 02 9975 0000.
*1 The contest is not open for some regions or countries. For a complete list of participating Roland DG locations, please visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com/region-list
*2 Trip to Japan includes: Roundtrip airfares, 5 nights accommodation (3 star or similar), transfers, meals and sightseeing for the regional winner and his/her guest.
*3 Prize for the Worldwide Grand Prize may be substituted with an alternative if restricted by the winner's region/country's laws.
10-Aug-2011 New Version of Flexi and PhotoPRINT
SA International Announces the Release of Flexi and PhotoPRINT version 10.0.3
Sydney, Australia, August 10, 2011 – Roland DG Australia, an official reseller for SA International (SAi), the leading provider of Solutions for the Professional Sign Making, Large Format Digital Printing and CAD/CAM for CNC Machining Industries, recently announced the latest release for Flexi and PhotoPRINT – version 10.0.3.
Thanks to the important feedback from Flexi and PhotoPRINT users and partners, SAi has released its latest update to Flexi and PhotoPRINT 10, version 10.0.3. SAi is offering this update free to anyone who owns Flexi or PhotoPRINT 10.
Some highlights of the update include features like enhanced Fotoba support, certified drivers and profiles for various printers, support for Roland VS, LEC, and LEJ, RGB 8bit profiling, easy weeding around groups, cut overlapping lines once, and many new printer and cutter drivers. For a full list of updates, click here to view the PDF.
The new release is available for instant download from www.FlexiSIGN10.com or www.PhotoPRINT10.com. An installation disk containing the updates will begin shipping with all Flexi and PhotoPRINT packages for Microsoft Windows within the next two weeks.
“SAi is pleased to offer this update to our customers and resellers as a free service,” says Don Feagan, President and COO. “After months of compiling a list of requests and reported issues, our team’s efforts have culminated in this robust free update.”
About SA International
SAi is recognized as a global leader in providing complete, professional solutions for the sign making, digital printing and CNC machining industries. The Company’s solutions help turn creative ideas into reality by providing world-class design and editing tools geared for production. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, SAi has additional offices in Belgium, Brazil, and China.