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Splash of Color Introduces SolventJet V Series Printers

Feature refillable ink cartridges and are based on Rolands

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Splash of Color has introduced its V series of solvent-ink based wide-format printers. Based on Roland's Pro II V series, the SolventJET Pro II VS printers include the SolventJet Pro II SP-540EXS printer/cutter, and the SJ-645EXS, and SJ-745EXS printers. The SolventJets utilize a different inkset than the Roland versions, and also feature refillable ink cartridges that allow shops to buy ink in bulk.

All three printers use Lyson LOD Pentachrome pigment solvent inks, in refillable 215-ml cartridges. Splash of Color's Keith Faulkner notes that the LOD inks have an organic-based carrier (primarily lactic acid) that does not emit harmful VOCs, and does not require an air-extraction system or air-filtration equipment. "The advantage that Lyson LOD solvent inks have over Eco-Sol inks (used in standard Roland VersaCAMMs and Pro II V printers)," he says, "is that they [Lyson LOD inks] tend to 'bite' into the media more firmly and are more durable and scratch resistant. In terms of being environmentally friendly and not requiring 'expensive air-extraction equipment,' Roland Eco-Sol inks and Lyson LOD inks are on about the same level."

The SolventJet printers utilize Lyson 6-color inksets: Pentachrome or LOD. The Pentachrome inkset includes red and blue (CMYKrb) for 5-yr outdoor durability and a wider color gamut and to match more spot colors. The LOD CMYKcm inkset offers 3-yr outdoor durability and can reproduce accurate skin tones and subtle shading.

In addition, the SolventJets offer resolutions up to 1440 x 1440 dpi for photorealistic images, and print speeds up to 315 sq ft/hr at 450 dpi. All three printers come bundled with Scanvec Amiable Photo- Print DX RIP and a tri-heater media conditioning system (preheater, heater under printhead path, post-heater).

The 74-in. SolventJet Pro II SJ-745EXS solvent printer sells for $37,995. The SolventJet Pro II SJ-645 EXS is a 64-in. solvent printer and sells for $34,995. And the SolventJet Pro II SP-540EXS printer/cutter images up to 53 in. wide, features a maximum cutting speed of 11.8 in./sec, and is equipped with Roland's Quadralign optical registration system; price: $34,995. (Splash of Color: www.splashofcolor.com)

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