Inkcups Wins Award for Helix Hi-Fi Direct-to-Shape Inkjet Printer

The 6-color Helix® Hi-Fi photorealistic digital rotary printer manufactured by Inkcups has earned a 2019 SGIA Product of the Year award in the non-flatbed, Direct-to-Shape Printers category.

Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix® Hi-Fi prints multi-color graphics and photos on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures.

Inkcups Helix Hi-Fi digital rotary printer


The Helix® Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches; the system can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches.

The new Hi-Fi version of the Helix printer adds light cyan and light magenta inks to the CMYK and white inks on the standard model.

The two light inks enables the printer to produce realistic skin tones on cylindrical objects that will be personalized with facial images.

While the standard Helix® already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colors brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother tone transitions, less graininess, and higher resolution edge effects.

Helix® Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution photo gifts, such as glass candle holders and drinkware such as stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, and pint glasses.

A built-in programmable tilt system reduces product change-over time and eliminates the need to optimize print recipes for each SKU change.

The Helix® Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions as well as warranty and service coverage.

The company offers multiple pre-treatment options, inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request.

Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

“The Helix® Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these two inks are a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalized results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalization category.”

The Helix® Hi-Fi is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. It will be displayed at the 2019 Printing United show, Oct. 23-25, in Dallas, TX.

About Inkcups

Inkcups manufactures inkjet printing equipment, pad printing equipment, laser plate-makers and corresponding supplies. Their equipment is used in companies that serve the apparel, drinkware, promotional, electronics, medical, sporting goods and automotive markets.

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Roland Launches New 8-Color Eco-Solvent Printer

Roland DGA has launched the VersaEXPRESS™ RF-640 wide-format inkjet printer. The 64-inch, 8-color eco-solvent printer can produce outdoor durable graphics with an extremely wide color gamut. In addition to the standard CMYK process-color inks, the RF-640 includes Light Black, Red, Green, and Orange inks. This 8-color inkset enables users to produce exceptionally vibrant prints that can last up to 3 years outdoors.

Roland Versa EXPRESS RF-640 8-Color Ecol-Solvent Printer
Excellent Color Reproduction

The RF-640 8C accurately matches and reproduces colors that are normally difficult to achieve.

With the right media, up to 99% of Pantone® + Solid Coated spot colors are within gamut. This means print service providers who need to match corporate brand colors in signage can hit a specified color with greater ease and precision.

“Colors such as green and orange are notoriously challenging to reproduce precisely,” noted Daniel Valade, Roland DGA Product Manager of Digital Print. “By adding these ink colors, as well as red, the RF-640 8C offers significant advantages and opportunities for print-service providers, especially those working with major brands and corporate customers.”

Red, Green and Orange inks extend the range of achievable colors across the entire spectrum. Along with Light Black, these inks deliver exceptional skin tones and smooth gradients for unsurpassed photo reproduction.

In addition to signage, the RF-640 8C printer is well-suited to produce interior décor, fine art, or other types of images for hotel chains, museums, galleries, entertainment venues, or offices.

Other Noteworthy Features

The RF-640 8C features a state-of-the-art gold-plated printhead with Roland Intelligent Pass Control. The printhead precisely places dots within passes and uses variable dot control to produce ink droplets of up to seven different sizes.

The RF-640 8C comes with ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 SPECIAL PLUS RIP software. This print management software offers a host of advanced features that optimize productivity, color management, and overall performance. The advanced color replacement and profiling tools within the RIP make it possible to configure precise colors for all major industry swatches.

“Our new VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8C is the result of responding to needs and desires of our customers for a printer that not only offers exceptional value, but also incorporates innovations that will help them build and grow their businesses,” said Valade. “It really comes down to giving our customers a decided edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace – and that’s exactly what the RF-640 8C provides.”

The MSRP of the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8C is $16,995.

To learn more about Roland’s new VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8C printer, visit http://www.rolanddga.com/rf8color.

About Roland DGA Corporation

Roland DGA Corporation serves North and South America as the marketing, sales, distribution and service arm for Roland DG Corporation. Based in Japan, Roland DG is a world leader in wide-format inkjet printers for the sign, apparel, textile, personalization and vehicle graphics markets.

For more information about all of the products Roland DGA sells, visit: https://www.rolanddga.com/

New 44-in Epson Dye-Sub Printer Includes Epson Edge Software

Epson’s new SureColor® F6370 44-in. dye-sublimation printer quickly and efficiently produces high-quality images on dye-sublimation transfer papers that can be used with a heat transfer press to make promotional products, soft signage, cut-and-sew fabrics, and more.

Like all of Epson’s dye-sublimation printers, the SureColor F6370 is a turnkey solution that includes Epson printhead technology, Epson dye-sublimation inks, Epson DS transfer media, Epson ICC profiles, and Epson service and support.

Epson SureColor F6370
The 44-in. Epson SureColor F6370 dye sublimation printer

The SureColor F6370 also comes with Epson’s new Epson Edge® layout and print-management workflow software with an Adobe® PostScript® 3™ engine.

Other features include a built-in cutter for roll-to-sheet convenience and an optional take-up reel system for unattended printing.

The SureColor F6370 replaces the 44-in. SureColor F6200 in Epson’s line-up of SureColor F-Series printers. Other models include the 64-in. SureColor F9370 and 60-in. SureColor F7200.

“The award-winning SureColor F-Series product line is the number-one selling large format dye-sublimation printer,” said Tim Check, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “We are thrilled to continue expanding the series and providing new features customers have requested.”

Epson Edge Print Software

The new Epson Edge Print layout and printer management software features an Adobe Postscript 3 engine and includes job nesting and textile-printing tools such as step-and-repeat patterns, custom spot color matching, and support for project color libraries,. Users can import new media settings when available, edit media settings and manage projects remotely.

The Epson Edge dashboard, a remote-printing management software, gives operators detailed views on current printer activity, ink supply levels, and error messages. The software can also remotely perform cleaning cycles and various maintenance cycles and update printer firmware.

Dashboard users can check the status of up to 10 printers, including all SureColor F-Series, SureColor F-Series Direct-to-Garment, and SureColor S-Series wide-format printers.

Epson printers are also compatible with leading RIP workflow software.

Epson Printhead and Accessories

The Epson PrecisionCore® TFP® printhead supports fast print speeds (up to 680 sq. ft./hr.), precision dot control for print quality and sharpness, and resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi.

The PrecisionCore print chip is ideal for dye-sublimation ink chemistry and was co-developed with Epson UltraChrome DS inks for extreme reliability.

The new roll media adapters lock into place to prevent unwanted roll movement and the built-in cutter makes it easy to trim sheets of printed paper for use in the counter-top heat transfer presses used with promotional products and smaller photo gifts.

The optional take-up reel streamlines the process of using a rotary calendar heat press to transfer images from rolls of printed paper to rolls of polyester textiles for soft signage or cut-and-sew fashions.

The user-accessible maintenance panel provides easy access to the printhead, wiper and wiper cleaner, and features simple instructions to complete routine maintenance checks.

Inks

The SureColor F6370 printer uses four colors (CMYK) of Epson UltraChrome® DS inks, including a High Density Black.* The inks produce vibrant color saturation and contrast and are sold in 1.1 liter, easy-to-change pouches. This pouch capacity provides about 10-percent more ink than the ink supplies for previous models.

The UltraChrome DS inks are Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex. This textile industry safety standard ensures that chemicals and colorants used in the textile production are safe for clothing worn by adults, children, and babies.

Images printed in reverse on rolls of transfer paper can be cut into sheets or rewound on a take-up real depending on what type of heat press will be used to transfer the print to the polyester fabric.

Transfer Papers

Epson offers four high-performance transfer papers optimal printing with Epson UltraChrome DS inks on the SureColor F series printers:

Multi-purpose paper can be used to transfer images to a variety of products, including mouse pads, T-shirts, and ceramics.

Photo paper is optimized to transfer images to hard surfaces with minimal grain.

Textile-adhesive paper is recommended for producing fabrics and apparel.

Production is a lightweight paper for roll-to-roll sublimation transfer printing.

All four papers have a unique chemical coating that allows for heavy ink loads with low cockling, superior clarity, and sharpness.

Support and Availability

The Epson SureColor F6370 Standard Edition is available now through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers for $8,495 MSRP. The optional take up reel will be available in Fall 2019.

The SureColor F6370 offers a standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure.

For additional information about Epson’s complete line of wide-format printing solutions, visit www.proimaging.epson.com.

Roland DGA Unveils Multi-function Dye-Sublimation Printer

Roland DGA Corporation describes their newest wide-format dye-sub printer as an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer. That’s because the Texart RT-640M uses specially formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks that enable you to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics or on different types of sublimation transfer papers.

The direct-to-textile print option on the Texart RT-640M simplifies the production of dye-sublimation fabrics for soft signage and trade show graphics. The ability to print to different types of transfer paper lets you create a range of products, including sublimated hard goods and rigid signs to apparel and decor fabrics.

Roland multifunction dye sublimation printer
The Roland Texart 640M multifunction dye sublimation printer enables you to print directly on coated polyester fabrics or transfer media for photo panels and other rigid substrates

Roland’s Texart SBL3 inks are available in 4-color (CMYK), 8-color (CMYKLcLmOrVi), and 8-color fluorescent (CMYKOrViFyFp) configurations.

Features

The RT-640M includes several advanced features:

  • The media take-up incorporates adjustable front rollers for no-skew printing, as well as magnet weights for improved tensioning and performance.
  • State-of-the-art 8-channel printheads deliver unmatched color and image results on a wide range of materials. The heads also optimize ink coverage for lower operating costs.
  • The Roland Bulk Ink Switch System features 1000 cc pouches and automatically switches to a back-up pouch for non-stop printing in a 4-color configuration.
  • An ink collection channel within the platen facilitates direct printing onto mesh, flag, voile and other thin textiles.

The Texart RT-640M comes with ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 software. This software offers unique tools for textile dye-sublimation and allows users to RIP up to eight jobs simultaneously.

ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 boasts an Aurelon PDF engine with 64-bit native support, plus unlimited hot folders and job cost estimation. Other features include a new smart fill function, rectangular image nesting, variable data, and a huge range of color profiles, and more.

“The RT-640M is an unbeatable investment for anyone looking to get into the dye-sublimation market,” said Lily Hunter, Roland DGA Product Manager, Textiles and Consumable Supplies. “This value-packed inkjet offers the most flexibility you can get in an entry-level sublimation printer. Its multi-function capabilities allow users to easily and cost-effectively produce everything from flags, soft signage and backlit signage to ChromaLuxe photo panels, apparel, and décor.”

To learn more about Roland’s new Texart RT-640M multi-function dye-sublimation printer, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/RT-640M.

For more information on the complete Roland DGA product lineup, visit https://www.rolanddga.com.

HP Unveils Stitch Line of Dye-Sublimation Printers for Textile Printing

At spring trade shows in Las Vegas and Munich, HP introduced their new HP Stitch line of wide-format and grand-format inkjet dye-sublimation printers.

The new HP Stitch S series of digital textile printers includes the 64-inch HP Stitch S300, the 64-inch HP Stitch S400, and the 126-inch HP Stitch S1000. The printers are built for easy maintenance and fast, precise color-matching, made possible by a built-in color-measuring device called a spectrophotometer.

About Dye-Sublimation

Inkjet dye-sublimation has become a wildly popular process for printing fabrics for trade-show banners, backlit signs, stage backdrops, sportswear, and fashions. Because the ink colors are fused into the molecules of different types of polyester textiles, the printed fabrics retain their soft feel, vivid colors, and draping characteristics. (In other words, the fabrics don’t “feel” printed.)

Unlike existing wide-format dye-sublimation printers that use piezo printheads, the HP Stitch printers uses thermal printheads heat to eject tiny droplets of ink onto a transfer paper. The printed transfer paper is then fed through a heat press, which uses carefully controlled amounts of heat and pressure to transfer the colors from printed paper to a wide range of dye-sub-compatible polyester fabrics from companies such as Fisher Textiles, Berger Textiles, and Top Value Fabrics.

Even though HP isn’t the first company to introduce wide-format and grand-format dye-sublimation printers, the market for digitally printed textiles is growing quickly.

“Décor and fashion application trends, on demand production and personalization are boosting digital print growth,” says Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The digitally printed textiles market is experiencing double-digit annual growth, forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2023, according to Smithers Pira. We look forward to more digital print transformations being realized with the arrival of the new HP Stitch S series.”

The HP Stitch S300 Printer was designed for newcomers to dye-sublimation printing who will be using it to create short runs of fabrics for soft signage, interior decor, or prototypes of fashion or sportswear designs.

The S300 uses one set of 775-mil cartridges of cyan, yellow, magenta, and black HP Dye-Sublimation Ink cartridges.

HP Stitch S300 wide-format dye-sublimation printer

Unlike dye-sublimation printers that use piezo inkjet printheads, you don’t have to call a service technician to replace a faulty printhead on HP Stitch printers. Because a printer operator can easily replace the thermal inkjet printheads as needed, users will experience less downtime and lower service costs.

“Our experience with HP Stitch S300 has been much easier and faster than other dye sub printers we’ve previously used,” says Teunis Roos of the Color Concepts independent profiling and testing lab for the digital wide-format printing industry. “Most printers require manual action in terms of head maintenance and alignment, but the HP Stitch S300 is more proactive and automated when it comes to performance.”

The HP Stitch S500 Printer for high production sites enables predictable dye sublimation color and less media waste. The symmetrical 2xCMYK printhead configuration and Optical Media Advance Sensor allow you to achieve saturated colors even in the fastest print mode. Inks are available in either 775-mil cartridges or 3-liter cartridges for lower ink costs and unattended print jobs.

The HP Stitch S500 also can hold larger rolls and is equipped for a Tension-Sensing Winder that reduces the risk of errors during overnight operations. The Stitch S500 includes HP Services and cloud-management tools.

HP Stitch S500 wide-format sublimation printer

With HP SmartColor tools, you can distribute print jobs across a fleet of printers and get consistent color from printer to printer. 

The front-loading printer is designed to save floor space and the HP Smart Nozzle Compensation system Help avoid reprints and media waste with 1200 native dpi printheads and HP Smart Nozzle Compensation system, saving up to 50 percent floor space with frontal media loading and a spindle-less system.

The HP Stitch S1000 Superwide Printer is designed for shops that require high levels of productivity when printing textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, backlit and frontlit signage, curtains, and upholstered chairs and sofas.

Designed for simplified operation, high uptime, and unattended printing, the 126-inch printer enables high-production shops to handle short deadlines and seasonal peaks. The HP Stitch S1000 can achieve production speeds up to 2,370 sq. ft./hr.

HP Stitch S1000 superwide dye sublimation printer

The printer delivers continuous high-quality prints on both transfer paper and fabric. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention. The HP Drop & Dry print zone dryer helps ensure sharp prints even when printing high-density jobs direct to fabric.

The printer holds 10-liter ink supplies and rolls up to 600 lbs. so jobs can run overnight when necessary.

The HP Stitch S1000 includes a built-in spectrophotometer and HP SmartColor tools that make it possible to achieve consistent colors even when jobs are printed on a fleet of HP Stitch printers.

New HP Dye Sublimation Paper

HP has also launched a set of new dye sublimation papers for the new HP Stitch S Printer series. These papers are designed and tested as a system with HP dye sublimation inks and the HP Stitch S Printer series to achieve excellent image quality and color consistency.

The HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers and HP dye-sublimation paper were showcased at the 2019 ISA Sign Expo in April. The HP Stitch S1000 Printer made its debut at the FESPA Global Print Show on May 13.  

Why Digital Textile Printing Is Growing

HP sees plenty of room for growth in the printed textiles market. For one thing, in a world of 7.8 billion citizens, everyone is surrounded with textiles from birth. Of course, only a small fraction of the portion of textiles are printed. Only 10% of the $308 billion worth of printed textiles are printed digitally. But this percentage is accelerating because the growth of e-commerce and digital marketing are transforming how fashions, apparel, and home goods are sold.

Design studios can use the HP Stitch S300 to print prototypes of fashion and sportswear designs.

Not long ago, only big brands and retailers could afford to create and sell apparel. Before digital printing and e-commerce, it took about 100 days for mass-produced garments to go from the design stage to the selling floor of the brick-and-mortar retailers. Designers and buyers had no way of knowing how many copies of a specific design consumers would buy. So unsold excess merchandise was either sold at clearance prices or destroyed.  And the manufacturer of the goods didn’t receive payment until the products were sold.

With digital printing and e-commerce technologies, garments don’t have to be printed, sewn, and delivered until the customers has actually ordered and paid for the garment. Consumers can  shop a marketplace of designs to have printed on whatever type of garment or accessory they choose. So with these new types of business models give consumers more choices, manufacturers a better cash flow, and the ability to reduce waste.

HP envisions the textile business of the future to be on-demand, personalized, intelligent, and circular. Print-on-demand garments can include new types of inks that change the functionality of the apparel. They believe “Textile printing should be accessible to everyone, sustainable, smart, and limitless.”

HP officials said they chose to enter the textile printing market because 60% of the square meters of fabric consumed in the $3.6 billion digital textile printing market is polyester.

Ricoh to Show Wide-Format Printers, Cutters, and More at ISA Sign Expo

At the ISA Sign Expo 2019 in Las Vegas April 24-26, Ricoh will showcase a portfolio of printing and cutting devices that sign shops can use to make indoor and outdoor signage and displays, customized T-shirts, promotional products, and more.

The RICOH Pro L5160 Latex Roll-fed printer uses safe, non-toxic inks to print everything from backlit graphics and wallcoverings to window displays, textiles, and floor graphics. It is available in CMYK or CMYK plus White ink configurations.

With the white ink, you can print full-color images on a range of clear and dark substrates without sacrificing vibrant color or durability.

“From hospitality to hospitals, many industries are starting to more fully embrace wide format. When we designed the RICOH Pro L5130/L5160 series, we were engineering a platform specifically to equip printers to reliably excel at meeting those diverse needs,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “Through the combination of Ricoh inks, Ricoh printheads and Ricoh design, these devices empower users to deliver the kinds of applications their customers are looking for – and do it better and faster than the competition.”

Ricoh Pro l5160 printer
Ricoh Pro l5160 Latex Wide-Format Printer

The RICOH Pro TF6250 UV-LED Flatbed Printer can print graphics and images on a wide range of substrates up to 4.3 inches thick, including wood, metal, glass, styrene, corrugated cardboard, and stone. In addition to CMYK inks, the printer can apply clear, white, and primer inks. The low-heat LED UV curing enables you to print on thin substrates without the risk of warping.

“In wide format, the difference between an application that stands out and one that does not often comes down to the inks that deliver the highest quality with adherence to a wide variety of substrates,” said Fulena. “With the RICOH Pro TF6250, we developed a technology platform that can handle the wide range of applications our customers’ customers are seeking.

Ricoh Pro TF6250 UV-LED Flatbed Printer

The RICOH Ri 1000 Direct-to-Garment Printer from AnaJet (a Ricoh company) can help sign shops diversify their offerings. With this fast, accurate, easy-to-use printer, you can decorate T-shirts, hats, bags, socks, and more. With just a three-step process (design, print, cure), you can fulfill orders for hundreds of customized T-shirts or a personalized one-off.

The RICOH Ri 1000 prints full color graphics at 1200 x 1200 dpi on garments of a diverse array of sizes, colors and materials. Quick-change magnetic platens, available in multiple styles and sizes up to 16 x 19.6 inches, provide a variety of print options. These platens easily snap on and off the machine, so switching between different garment styles and sizes requires virtually no downtime.

“Ricoh and AnaJet understand our customers’ need to diversify revenue streams through new printing technology,” said Karl Tipre, CEO, AnaJet, Inc. “With the RICOH Ri 1000’s affordable price point, automatic maintenance features and built-in Interactive Operation Guide, capitalizing on the garment market opportunity has never been so attainable. We’re proud of its speed, versatility, ease of use, and ability to deliver vibrant, high-resolution graphics. The RICOH Ri 1000 is our most user-friendly, full-featured DTG machine yet.”


Ricoh Ri 1000 Direct to Garment Printer

Other equipment displayed in the booth will include:

Colex Sharpcut SX Series Flatbed Digital Cutters. With work tables up to 10 feet by 10 ft., these powerful systems can cut: two-dimensional signs, decals, and lettering; three-dimensional point-of-purchase displays; package prototypes using corrugated, paperboard, chipboard, and folding cartons. The system can also be equipped to cut fabrics and other fibrous materials.

EFI Pro 16h UV-LED Hybrid Printer. With this space-saving wide-format printer, you can run rolls of flexible materials up to 65 inches wide and 65-in. sheets of rigid substrates up to 2 inches thick. It can print day/night backlit displays, exhibition graphics, indoor signage, long-term outdoor signage, point-of-purchase graphics, posters, and more.

EFI Pro 16h UV-LED Hybrid Printer

A pop-up shop in the Ricoh booth will show the wide range of products and graphics that can be printed and customized as needed.

Pop-Up Shop in Ricoh Booth

For the full range of products, services, and software available from the Ricoh Commercial and Industrial Production group, visit https://TakealookatRicohProduction.com

Roland’s New TrueVIS VG2 Wide-Format Printer/Cutters Use TR2 Eco-Solvent Ink

Roland DGA has launched its TrueVIS™ VG2 series of 54-inch and 64-inch wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters. Engineered for demanding sign and graphics printing projects, the new TrueVIS VG2 printers offer comprehensive color choices, improved machine efficiency, and increased print-and-cut accuracy for true unattended production.

Roland TruVIS VG2 wide-format inkjet printer/cutters with graphics
54- inch Roland TrueVIS VGS2-540 and 64-inch TrueVIS VG2-640

In addition to incorporating a host of technological advancements for optimum overall performance, the VG2 series uses Roland’s new specially formulated TR2 ink.

The inks are available in three different configurations:

  • 8 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, and White
  • 8 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, and Orange
  • 4 colors: Two sets of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black

The ink choices, including new Orange ink, allow for a wider color gamut and more color control than ever before.

A new Multiprocess Color Function enables Orange to be used as a process color. A new True Rich Color preset allows you to combine vibrant color with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones for stunning graphic output.

TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutters with TR2 ink are certified for long-lasting results by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty providing assurance of the quality and durability of graphics on qualified 3M materials.

The VG2 with TR2 ink has also earned Avery Dennison’s ICS performance guarantee, and is certified GREENGUARD Gold for safe indoor graphic applications.

For unsurpassed image quality and printing precision, VG2 printer/cutters are equipped with Roland DG FlexFire™ print heads that produce neutral grays, vivid colors and smooth skin tones, even at high speeds.

The VG2-540 and VG2-640 also feature improvements for increased printing and cutting accuracy as well as reliable, unattended operation. For example:

New middle pinch rollers raise automatically prior to starting the cutting process. New crop mark options for cutting laminated printed materials, combined with optimized pinch roller pressure, ensure maximum cutting stability.

A new, included TU-4 take-up unit supports two modes according to the type of media being used. This further stabilizes the machine for a smooth post-printing process.

Roland’s Most Powerful RIP

New VersaWorks® 6 RIP software, included with the VG2 series printer/cutters, boasts the latest Harlequin® dual core engine with PDF 2.0 and native 64-bit processing. Other features include a new icon-based interface with drag-and-drop functionality, and other easy-to-use capabilities. that make it Roland’s most powerful RIP ever.

“Roland DG’s original VG series won prestigious 2019 Pick Awards from Buyers Lab for their outstanding color and productivity,” notes Daniel Valade, Roland DGA Product Manager, Color Products and Cutters. “With the VG2 series, we’ve created a new generation of printer/cutters that are even more advanced, productive and easy-to-use. These innovative inkjets aren’t designed to simply meet customer expectations, they’re built to exceed them.”

2019 ISA International Sign Expo Innovation Award

On March 29, the International Sign Association announced today that Roland’s TrueVIS™ VG2 series eco-solvent printer/cutters won the 2019 ISA Sign Expo® Innovation Award in the “Printer” category.

The ISA Innovation Awards recognize the most unique and outstanding product launches at ISA Sign Expo 2019. The VG2-540 and VG2-640 impressed the judges – an outside panel of experts – with technological advancements, comprehensive color choices, improved machine efficiency and increased print-and-cut accuracy.

“The ISA Innovation Award winners truly represent the most creative and innovative products available on the ISA Sign Expo floor,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “Attendees at ISA Sign Expo have come to expect groundbreaking products and the latest solutions. These raise the bar.”

Roland DGA President and CEO Andrew Oransky was quick to point out the importance of winning this coveted award. “To have ISA recognize our new TrueVIS VG2 series as a standout product for 2019 is quite an honor, especially considering the stiff competition.”

“The cutting-edge technologies and features of these next-generation printer/cutters put them in a class by themselves,” Oransky added. “An amazing amount of research and effort went into the design and development of these machines, ensuring that every VG2 is built to exceed the needs of the most demanding graphics professional.”

For More Information

To learn more about Roland’s award-winning new TrueVIS VG2 series wide-format printer/cutters, visit http:// https://www.rolanddga.com/VG2. For more information on Roland DGA Corporation, or the complete Roland product line, visit https://www.rolanddga.com.

Kornit Atlas Industrial Garment Decorating System Handles Higher Production Levels

The Kornit Atlas is a heavy-duty system for industrial garment-decoration businesses. Capable of running to 350,000 impressions per year, the Atlas is being marketed to highly productive garment decorators, mid- to large-sized screen-printing firms, and innovative businesses. 

The Kornit Atlas direct-to-garment printer can print images and design on garments made
from cotton, polyester, cotton-polyester blends, lycra, viscose, silk, leather, denim, linen, wool and more.

“This is a huge leap forward, not only for Kornit, but also for the direct-to-garment printing industry as a whole,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy. “Simply put, the Atlas is the best and most cost-efficient direct-to-garment printing technology for high-quality and high-quality production requirements.” 

The system is equipped with ink-recirculating printheads and features a newly developed NeoPigment™ Eco-Rapid ink that meets global sustainability standards. The new ink carries the Oeko-Tex Eco-Passport certification and is GOTS pre-approved. It provides a white-ink opacity similar to those of conventional screen-printing inks and meets high durability standards on multiple fabric types. Its increased color gamut and saturation allow for deep, full tones and precise spot-color matching.  The Atlas system features six colors (CMYKRG) plus white. 

The unique print engine on the Kornit Atlas features an enhanced version of Kornit’s ink-saving HD technology and is complemented by professional RIP software that produces prints that meet high standards of retail quality and print durability.

Kornit Atlas with operator

The Kornit Atlas comes ready for the cloud-based business, productivity analytics, and optimization software platforms that are scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019. The platforms will allow for future network connectivity required to support fleet management and optimization of global multi-printer systems and multi-site enterprises.

Companies that participated in beta testing included DTG2GO and T Shirt & Sons

According to Deborah H. Merrill, president of the DTG2GO’s parent company, said Kornit Atlas innovations such as wrinkle detection and pallet ergonomics, present clear productivity benefits.  

“The new Eco-Rapid ink provides impressive brilliance and color gamut,and meets all wash test standards with no discernible scent,” said Merrill. “We are glad we had the opportunity to beta test the Kornit Atlas and are certain it will become a key component in DTG2Go’s production line.” 

Jon Lunt, co-founder and director at T Shirt & Sons, said, “Using the Atlas, T Shirt and Sons achieved a significant boost in garment decoration production through the peak holiday season. In several weeks of rigorous testing in a high-volume production environment, the Kornit Atlas was a revelation, doubling our output with very high-quality prints and the reliability the high-pressure season demanded.”

The Kornit Atlas will be demonstrated at the Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich from May 14-17, 2019 and at the ITMA textile and garment technology show in Barcelona from June 20-28, 2019. You can also see the Atlas at a Kornit Open House event in Las Vegas in April and at its regional subsidiaries.

About Kornit Digital 

Kornit Digital, headquartered in Israel, develops, manufactures, and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel, and textile industries. Kornit’s complete digital printing systems are enabling innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand, and mass customization concepts. Kornit serves customers in more than 100 countries and has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.kornit.com 

Roland Introduces Its First DTG Printer

Roland DGA has released its first direct-to-garment (DTG) printer. The new VersaSTUDIO BT-12 makes it easy, efficient, and cost-effective to print directly on cotton apparel and accessories. Users can print full-color graphics (including photos, logos and text) directly on T-shirts, tote-bags, and interior décor items made from fabric that is at least 50-percent cotton.

Roland DTG printer
Roland_VersaSTUDIO_BT-12_direct-to-garment printer

Because of the printer’s small footprint and attractive pricing, individuals and businesses can personalize products with a low initial investment and in locations where space may be limited. For example, the BT-12 can be set up in retail shops, kiosks, gift shops, tourist destinations and special event venues.

The footprint of the BT-12 is 15.7 inches wide and 29.9 inches deep. This includes a finishing unit stacked with the printer unit. This clever design dramatically reduces the installation space typically required for a traditional DTG printer and finishing unit.

The Roland Design Software included with the BT-12 makes the printer easy enough for novices to use. With the intuitive software and hardware interface, anyone can create unique personalized apparel and accessories with minimal training.

“Roland has been a key player in the production of graphics for custom apparel and fabric goods for many years,” said Lily Hunter, Roland DGA Product Manager, Textiles and Consumable Supplies. “The addition of the BT-12 to our product line satisfies growing demand for a compact, value-packed direct-to-garment printer that offers outstanding performance alongside the benefits of Roland’s renowned customer service and support.”

Capable of producing a product from start to finish in as little as five minutes, the BT-12 is the designed to suit the needs and budgets of newcomers to the fast-growing garment-decorating market.

To learn more about the new VersaSTUDIO BT-12 direct-to-garment printer, visit www.rolanddga.com/bt-12.  For more information on the complete Roland product line, visit www.rolanddga.com.

Konica Minolta Introduces AccurioWide Printers

At the 2018 SGIA Expo, Konica Minolta showcased two new wide-format UV LED inkjet printers. Both printers are designed to give sign shops, screen printers, photo labs, commercial printers, and franchise printers the image quality and reliable performance they need to produce a variety of products, including:

  • Backlit signs, billboards, and banners
  • Art or photographs on glass or textured canvas
  • Window clings and floor graphics
  • Industrial labels for hazard communications,pipe marking, and equipment panels
  • Vehicle wraps or fleet markings
  • Vinyl or textile banners
  • Yard signs and other corrugated substrates
  • Wood, metal, glass, and PVC objects such as promotional products or gifts

The Accurio Wide 160 and Accurio Wide 200 printers can output images on both flexible roll materials and rigid media up to 1.77 inches thick.

The Konica Minolta Accurio Wide 200 can print on material up to 2 meters wide (6.7 feet ). It can print high quality images in six colors (CMYKLcLm). It also includes 2 channels of white ink. The printer includes large media tables that can accommodate  printing on large, rigid materials up to 10.5 ft.long.

AccurioWide 200

The Konica Minolta Accurio Wide 160 can print on materials up to 1.6 meters wide (5.4 feet). This printer can be configured to print in either 6 colors (CMYKLcLm) or 4 colors (CMYK) plus White (2 channels). The media tables are available as an option.

AccurioWide 160

The printers use Konica Minolta’s own 1024i printhead nozzle technology and powerful, air-cooled UV LED for ink curing. The KM1024 printhead technology enables simultaneous emission from all 1,024 nozzles with a high-density structure that features four lines of 256 nozzles aligned with high precision for accurate positioning.

The UV-LED lamps save production time, reduce costs, and are environmentally sustainable. Because the LED curing lamps are cool to the touch and have minimal heat output, the Accurio Wide printers can print on heat-sensitive substrates such as thin film, self-adhesive sheets, or stretch PVC materials.

“Our wide-format printers, using our industry-leading printhead technology, produce superior quality images while reducing the cost of ownership,” said Dino Pagliarello, vice president of product management and planning at Konica Minolta. Many features of the printers are designed to reduce the use of consumables. 

Features

AccurioWide printers are engineered to provide state-of-the-art image quality and a high level of productivity. Features include:

A Reinforced Beam that ensures that the printhead shuttle moves flawlessly and provides accurate placements of each droplet;

Shuttle Safety Sensors that prevent recessed printheads from touching the substrate and getting damaged;

Automated Media Handling systems that make loading media a smooth, accurate process;

Ionization Bars mounted on the carriage to remove electrostatic charges on the substrate and ensure accurate ink droplet placement;

An Automatic Ink Refill System controlled by a monitoring system that detects UV ink levels;

A Touchscreen mounted an a swivel arm that allows the operator to view spooled files to be  printed.  The print files are stored on an Internal Server with a hard drive capacity of 1. TB. The internal server ensures fast spooling and secure transfer of large amounts of data.

Inflatable Airshafts on both the unwinding and winding side assure perfect tension and wrinkle-free printing of materials printed in the roll-to-roll mode. (The inflatable airshafts are standard on the AccurioWide 200, and available as an option on the AccurioWide 160.)

Large Media Tables allow printing on large rigid materials up to a length of 10.5 feet.

Konica-Minolta UV-Curable Inks

The AccurioWide series uses high-performance UV-curable inks recognized for the lowest ink consumption per square meter. It’s “pigment-shield technology” is a patented pigment dispersion technology specifically designed for UV-curable inks. It guarantees high color density and ink stability that contributes to a long ink shelf life when stored under normal conditions.

The inks are instantly dry, meaning that prints can be handled immediately. The inks are also designed for superior adhesion, resistance to abrasion and chemicals, outstanding consistency, and no emissions of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Advanced White Printing

The AccurioWide series include white-layered printing in pre-white, post-white, and sandwiched white modes. To limit the risk of inks resettling and blocking the lines or printheads, the printers white inks are constantly stirred and circulated.

Production Workflow Software

AccurioPro WideDirector is production workflow software that standardizes processes for printing sign and display jobs. It enables you to control the entire printing process, including preflighting files, managing color, and sending data to automated print finishing equipment.

The automated preflighting checks PDF files to identify and flag potential production issues early in the process. With WideDirector’s intuitive interface, the operator can see what will print and make last-minute changes with ease.

The interface is integrated with the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE). The APPE manages the generation of PDF master files and and eliminates the need for manual intervention.  The APPE helps ensure end-to-end consistency across all printing devices.

Color management tools help ensure color quality, consistency, and accurate reproduction. AccurioPro WideDirector color tools include calibrated print modes, spot-color conversion based on PANTONE libraries, and patented technology to create smooth vignettes.

To provide even more control, you can add Konica Minolta’s FD-9 Scanning Spectrophotometer. This device combines speed, precision, ease of use, and versatility for accurate profiling and color management.

Additional modules support specific needs such as:

An XML to JDF connection to integrate to existing online storefronts;

The creation of one-way vision window-perf graphics on less expensive, easier-to-handle clear films; or

The layout of seamless print designs used for wall coverings and floorings

A browser-based production dashboard for gathering reports on ink and media consumption. It can be used as an estimating and cost tracking tool.

For more information about Konica Minolta’s AccurioWide printers, visit:
https://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/kmbs/technology/wide-format-printer.