Feature refillable ink cartridges and are based on Rolands
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
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)