Use Mimaki JV100-160 Eco-Solvent Printer for Outdoor-Durable Signs, Wraps, and Art

The 63-inch Mimaki JV-100-160 is a start-up-business friendly roll-to-roll wide-format inkjet printer that uses Mimaki’s SS21 eco-solvent inks to produce outdoor-durable graphics and photographic signs and displays. Mimaki’s eco-solvent inks are known for their fast-drying capabilities, superior adhesion to flexible signage media, and high scratch resistance.

The 63-inch Mimaki JV100-160 inkjet printer can use 4 or 8 colors of eco-solvent inks.

The printer can run two 4-color sets of inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) at speeds of up to 667 sq. ft./hr. for simple banners and graphics.

Users who want to produce a wider range of graphics might want the JV100 printer that uses 8 colors of ink: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light magenta, light cyan, light black, and orange ink. This ink combination provides the color range and image quality required for advertising vehicle graphics, art reproductions, black-and-white photographs, wall graphics, and point-of-purchase signs that include photos and brand colors.

The light black, light cyan, and light magenta inks help produce sharper details, higher contrasts, and smoother tonal gradations in photographs. The orange ink makes it possible to achieve a wider gamut of colors, including smoother transitions between red tones.

The inks on the JV100-160 are supplied in easy-to-use 600 ml or 2000 ml eco-cartridges that can be rapidly changed with no mess.

The eco-solvent inks on the Mimaki JV100-160 are Greenguard Gold certified, which means they meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical exposure standards. Greenguard Gold-certified products help minimize indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure.

Features

Mimaki engineered the printer and its included workflow software to make expert-level high-quality printing easy for newcomers to the wide-format graphics business. In addition to Mimaki core technologies such as variable-dot printing and nozzle checking and recovery systems, the JV100-160 includes the new labor-saving Dot Adjustment System.

Dot Adjustment System (DAS) offers automatic alignments to ensure repeatability and consistent quality of the fine lines and details expected in high-quality photographic imaging. The DAS frees operators from having to perform common adjustments themselves.

Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) work together to monitor and correct the performance of the nozzles that eject the inks from the printhead. The NCU automatically detects the condition of each nozzle. When a missing nozzle is detected, it automatically performs a cleaning. If the nozzle still isn’t working, the NRS automatically replaces defective nozzles with alternate nozzles.

Mimaki Adavanced Pass System (MAPS) provides gradation to printed pass boundaries to reduce banding and uneven colors. The result is a streak-free, high-quality printed.

Intelligent Heaters improve the performance of the ink and materials.

Raster Link 7 RIP Software converts PDFs and other design files into the dot sizes, colors, and patterns that the printer will lay down on each pass back and forth across the printer. The software is designed for quick and accurate processing of big files, including PDFs with special effects such as transparency. It can also print variable text or image data on each print for greater personalization, text in different languages, or the inclusion of regional or local information. Like other RIP software, Raster Link enables you to create super-large tiled prints (such as multi-panel wall murals) or automatically “nest” a variety of smaller prints across the full width of media roll to reduce wasting media.

Variable-drop printing means the printer can change the size of the droplet being ejected during each print job. Ink drops as small as 4 picoliters can be used to create fine details and smooth tonal gradations. Larger drop sizes are used to speed the production of areas with solid colors.

The JV100-160 printer is expected to ship in December 2020 at a suggested retail price of $12,995. An upgrade path is available for shops that want to start with the 4-color printer configuration and add 8-color capabilities later.

About Mimaki USA

Mimaki USA in Suwanee, Georgia is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering In Japan. The company engineers and manufactures digital printers and cutters for use in the Signs and Graphics, Textile & Apparel, Industrial Printing and 3D markets. In 2019, Mimaki USA celebrated 20 years of service to print service providers in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MimakiUSA.

The Mimaki JV100-160 eco-solvent printer and UJV100-160 UV-LED roll-to-roll printer were both announced on November 4, 2020.

Roland TrueVis-VF2-640 Eco-Solvent Printer Has Wider Color Gamut for More Spot Colors

The Roland TrueVIS™ VF2-640 is an 8-color, 64-inch wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printer built to print color-accurate signs, vehicle graphics, labels, decals, and heat-transfer apparel. The first “print-only” model in Roland’s DG’s TrueVIS series of devices that use eco-solvent inks, the VF2-640 inherits many features from Roland’s TrueVIS VG2 series of printer/cutters.

“The VF2 is an unbeatable machine for those who prefer a ‘print-then-cut’ workflow,” explains Daniel Valade, Roland DGA Product Manager of Digital Print. “It offers incredible color and quality across a variety of media substrates, plus the productivity and legendary Roland DG reliability needed in the most demanding print environments.”

With the orange and green inks on the TrueVIS VF2-640, print-service providers can expand both their wide-format color gamut printing capabilities and product offerings. (Photo: Roland DGA)

The VF2 can be seamlessly paired with Roland DG’s GR-640 large-format cutter, or a Roland DG Pro series cutter, for the high-productivity, precision cutting of decals, labels, heat transfers, and other print and cut applications. Print/cut data can be automatically processed by the included VersaWorks® 6 RIP software, for maximum production efficiency.

Inks for Wider Color Gamuts and More Spot Colors

Orange and Green Inks: The VF2 comes with a new TR2 Green ink. Combining the new green ink with the previous orange ink and CMYK inks makes it possible to achieve challenging hues of purples and reds.

A new True Rich Color 2 Preset maximizes the wide-gamut potential of the TrueVIS VF2-640. It enables users to combine vibrant colors with neutral grays, smooth gradations, and natural skin tones to produce vivid, photorealistic output.

The expansion of Green colors in the True Rich Color 2 preset makes it possible to produce more process colors. To enhance color matching and reproduction, a Green Roland DG Color System Library includes 142 newly available spot colors.

The multi-process color function on the VF2-640 makes it possible use the Orange and Green inks as process colors.

Because print-service providers specialize in different types of advertising, decor, or photographic art prints, the VF2-640 can be configured to run different combinations of ink colors, including:

  • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Black, Orange, Green and White
  • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, and White
  • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, and Orange

The machine can also run with 7 colors (without the white) or with two 4-color sets of ink (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black).

Because the TR2 inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified for low chemical emissions, the inks can be used to produce indoor wall graphics that won’t adversely affecting the building’s indoor air quality.

Other Features

Performance Warranties: Many buyers of outdoor signage and vehicle wraps want assurance that the graphics will last for several years. Graphics printed with TR2 inks on select 3M media qualify for the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty and graphics produced with selected Avery materials can be provided with the Avery Dennison™ ICS Performance Guarantee.

Four FlexFire™ Piezo Printheads provide vibrant colors and outstanding detail, even in high-speed modes.

TU4 Media Take-up Reel offers two modes to handle everything from thin films to heavy canvas materials. The improved stability of media take-up improves the efficiency and accuracy of post-print processes such as cutting or laminating.

Newly Designed Pinch Roller System simplifies media loading and improves tracking accuracy.

Roland DG Mobile 2 app lets you test-print, clean and troubleshoot your printer from your tablet or smartphone.

Two-Year Trouble-Free Warranty with customer service and support from Roland DGA.

To learn more about the new TrueVIS VF2-640 wide-format printer, visit www.rolanddga.com/vf2. For more information on the complete Roland DGA product line, visit www.rolanddga.com.

The Roland TrueVIS VF2-640 printer was announced June 11, 2020.

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/

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.