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UV Update

(May 2011) posted on Tue May 10, 2011

More than 20 companies offering wide-format UV options.

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Roland DGA
Roland’s 54-in. VersaUV LEC-540 UV-LED wide-format inkjet printer/cutter, based on the company’s VersaUV technology, prints CMYK + white + clear and can contour-cut substrates up to 1-mm (0.04-in.) thick. The 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 P-O-P displays, and large-format window graphics.

Also available: the Roland VersaUV LEC-300A and the LEC-330.

Screen USA
Screen USA’s Truepress Jet1600UV-F is a 63-in. UV LED flatbed developed specifically for the sign and display business. A 5-color printer (CMYK+W), the Jet1600UV-F is capable of printing 140 sq ft/hr in Quality mode (without white; 70 sq ft/hr with white), and 82 sq ft/hr in High-Quality mode (41 square ft/hr with white). It can hit a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi and its eight piezo variable-drop printheads produce up to seven dot sizes. The Jet1600UV-F can accommodate a diverse array of substrates up to 1.96-in. thick.