Roland introduces a new wide-format printer/cutter.
Roland DGA has introduced the 54-in. VersaUV LEC-540 UV-LED wide-format inkjet printer/cutter. Based on the company’s existing VersaUV technology, the LEC-540 prints CMYK + white + clear, and can contour-cut substrates up to 1-mm (0.04-in.) thick.
The new LEC-540 is the third model in Roland’s VersaUV series, joining the 30-inch LEC-330 and LEC-300A units. This model is not only larger than its sister machines but also faster – it can hit a maximum print speed of 125 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode, approximately 25% faster than the LEC-330 due to larger UV-LED lamps to expedite production, Roland reports. The LEC-540 offers a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi.
It’s offered in three ink configurations: the standard CMYK + white + clear configuration; CMYK + white + white for high-opacity white printing on transparent films; and CMYK + clear + clear for thick dimensional effects. Clear ink can be layered into both gloss and matte finishes, including 72 patterns from the Roland Texture Library.
Other features include the Roland OnSupport system, which allows remote monitoring of production activities. When a job is completed or ink runs low, the printer will automatically send an e-mail notification to a smart phone or computer. And an automated white-ink circulation system prevents pigments in the ink from settling, minimizes waste, and ensures continuous, uninterrupted printing.
The machine can print on a variety of flexible and rigid media, including synthetic paper, polyester film, paper and vinyl banner media, PET, leather, plastic, polycarbonates, and paper boards. Applications range from packaging prototypes, short-run labels and membrane panels to interior décor items, point of purchase (P-O-P) displays, and large-format window graphics.
Price: $67,995, including Roland’s VersaWorks RIP software.