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(May 2013) posted on Fri May 03, 2013

The venerable rollfed printer remains a critical output tool.

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The printer, which allows for 7- or 8-color configurations, utilizes the company’s new Eco-Sol Max 2 eco-solvent inks (440-ml cartridges), developed for the Pro 4 and designed for long-term outdoor durability, scratch- and chemical-resistance, broad media support, and a wide color gamut. New to the Max 2 line are three specialty inks: a new light black; a reformulated white; and an improved metallic silver, which can be printed as a pure spot color or combined with CMYK.

Additional features include: an automated ink-circulation system to reduce ink usage and maintenance requirements for white and metallic silver inks; a three-stage heater and optional dryer unit; a built-in take-up system that can handle media rolls up to 88 lbs; and version 4.8 of Roland’s VersaWorks RIP software, which includes a built-in Pantone spot color library, a new predictive ink calculator, variable-data printing, a spot-color replacement feature, and more.

The company’s 64-in. VersaArt RE-640 printer offers 8-channel, gold-plated printhead technology and features a dual CMYK mirroring to help prevent banding, variable droplet control, and Roland Intelligent Pass Control to further enhance image quality. Other features include: Eco-Sol Max inks (220 or 440 mL), an automatic maintenance printhead wiper, VersaWorks RIP software, integrated heating system, and more. A take-up system is optional. The 4-color RE-640 offers resolutions up to 1440 dpi. Top speed is 249 sq ft/hr in Billboard Banner mode; High Speed Vinyl mode is 141 sq ft/hr. Maximum media thickness is 1mm with liner.

Other Roland rollfeds include: the newly introduced SolJet XF-640; the AdvancedJet AJ-1000i; the HiFi Express FP-740; the SolJet Pro III XJ-540, XJ-640, and XJ-740; SolJet SJ-1045; SolJet XF-640; and VersaArt RE-640. Its printer-cutter line includes the VersaUV LEC-300 and LEC-540; SolJet Pro III XC-540MT; and various VersaCamm models.