Roland DG Introduces the Future of Printing Technologies at Sign and Digital UK 2019
At Sign and Digital UK 2018, Roland presented a large array of their devices totalling 12 machines. This year, they have decided to focus on the newest additions to the Roland catalogue.
“In previous years, we have displayed a wide range of our bestselling devices,” says Rob Goleniowski, Head of Sales for UK & Ireland, “but in 2019, we aim to focus on the cutting edge of development. On Stand F30, visitors will get the chance to see some of Roland’s latest creations.”
The Next Generation of Print and Cut
Following the recent release of the TrueVIS VG2 series in early March, this new device will be making its UK exhibition debut at Sign and Digital. The latest stage in the evolution of their headline print-and-cut solution, the VG2 demonstrates how lots of small changes can add up to a game-changing device.
“We’ve made a lot of small upgrades throughout the device,” says Rob Goleniowski, “but the major difference is in the ink. The VG2 has a new configuration allowing the use of orange ink, which extends the colour gamut significantly. With the addition of 3M MCS and Avery ICS certification, the new VG2 is ideal for things like vehicle wraps.”
For visitors looking to take the next step and upgrade their business, this is a great opportunity to see the machine that is leading the market for print and cut graphics.
Stunned by ColourThe VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8 Colour has been stunning onlookers with colour since its first preview at Sign and Digital UK 2018. An addition to the VersaEXPRESS family, this device incorporates an additional 4 ink channels on top of the standard CMYK, featuring Light Black, Red, Green and Orange ink. At only £12,999, this printer achieves the widest colour gamut in its class, with the ability to accurately hit up to 99% Pantone®+ Solid Coated colours.
Diversifying with UV PrintingVisitors will also get to see the latest addition to the VersaUV LEF Series, The LEF2-200. “The LEF series has been huge, and it’s helped a lot of businesses make creative new products,” says Academy Manager, Joe Wigzell. “This new machine comes with lots of little tweaks and upgrades that make it easier to use. We’ve really gone back to the core build of the machine and looked at ways to make the device more efficient. Along with the hardware changes, we’ve also included some LEF2 upgrades in the latest edition of VersaWorks, that can speed up production.”
Roland’s S-Series wide format UV printers previewed at SDUK last year. “We’ve had a huge amount of interest in the S-Series,” says Rob Goleniowski, “Because it has such a wide range of applications and uses, it’s attracted lots of diverse industries. Some want to print directly onto custom furniture, some want to print on lockers, some just want to print hundreds of phone cases at the same time.”With the versatility of UV printing technology and the continuous suction belt, this machine makes it possible to print onto virtually any substrate as part of a non-stop production workflow. It’s a great choice for printers and suppliers as it can dramatically shorten the production cycle by eliminating the need for things like time-consuming set-up times associated with alternative methods.
A Complete DTG Solution with Minimal Investment
Roland’s first ever desktop direct-to-garment device, the VersaSTUDIO BT-12, is sure to cause a stir at Sign and Digital UK 2019. This is a complete DTG solution from Roland which combines reliable technology, user-friendly software and Roland’s legendary customer support. “We talk to a lot of signage businesses,” says Ronee Gillett, Dealer Support for Personalisation and Dye sublimation, “more and more of them are looking for other ways to make money, like offering custom t-shirts or tote bags. This machine is the perfect way to test the waters and experiment with your market. Best of all, it’s so easy to use, it takes up hardly any space, and it’s extremely affordable.”
Compact and User-Friendly Engraving
Roland will also be showcasing the new DE-3 engraver by DGSHAPE. Building on the hugely successful technology of the EGX-350 desktop engraver, the DE-3 has been re-engineered to include time-saving features. For example, the new laser pointer which significantly cuts down set-up time and simplifies the process for less-experienced users. For sign and graphics businesses, this machine can add new capabilities like durable labelling and product customisation.