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Roland extends metallic ink printer range to cater for burgeoning demand

Roland Versa CAMM VS-640, VS-540, VS-420 and VS-300 Following the strong uptake of the VersaCAMM VS-640 with its metallic and white ink capabilities, Roland DG (UK) has extended the choice offered by its innovative print-and-cut technology with the addition of three cost-effective more compact models.

Designated the VersaCAMM VS-540, VS-420 and VS-300, the 1.37 m, 1.07 m and 0.76 m printers utilise the same dedicated feed and print-head mechanism as the 1.62 m version, offering users the benefits of advanced ink handling technology and high quality results.

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

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

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

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

The construction of the ink feed in the VersaCAMM VS series is designed to accommodate the viscosity of both metallic and white formulations, ensuring accurate and seamless integration with the standard colour palette. Roland's Intelligent Pass Control and the greater range from the variable dots generated by the new generation print-head, result in consistently vibrant and accurate output, with smooth gradations and vivid solid shades.

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

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

For further information visit www.rolanddg.co.uk

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