Roland DG showcases new UV-LED flatbed printer at virtual trade show

Roland DG Australia has taken to the Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade Show to showcase its latest technology, the IU-1000F UV-LED high-productivity flatbed printer.

The printer was intended to have its first public showing in Australia on the Roland DG stand at Visual Impact, but as the trade show was replaced by the virtual trade show as a result of the effects of COVID-19, its launch was on the virtual platform.

The printer prints high quality graphics at fast speeds directly onto 1220mm x 2440mm media boards with a 110mm height clearance. A wide range of substrates can be used for print, including PETG, PVC board, foam board, wood, corrugated board, aluminum plate and others.

It features wide-pass printing with 12 printheads in a staggered three-row arrangement, which print at approximately 116 sqm per hour in a four-colour draft mode. In addition, high-density, high-adhesion UV inks can be used for full-colour printing onto metal, glass and acrylic (it includes a primer ink for added adhesion).

Roland DG Australia marketing team leader Jacob Higgins told Sprinter that the flatbed printer’s advanced features optimise ease of use and performance, including automated media height detection, automated pin alignment system, multi-zone vacuum system, and an ioniser function.

“It also has an ink degassing system and circulation system built for high-volume use, in addition to SAi RIP software,” he said.

“The IU-1000F is suitable for medium and large scale sign and display businesses and print service providers who currently run Roland DG or other inkjet roll to roll printers and are looking to increase their offering and production capabilities and/or who already have other flatbed printers and are looking to upgrade, or increase their production with an additional printer.

“The IU-1000F is a powerful solution for sign and display or print production business that seek more efficient and faster-turnaround production capability. By offering increased productivity, material compatibility, image quality, ease of use, and all the other aspects of this product, the IU-1000F provides increased profitability for printing businesses.”

The company will also be looking to add the newly-unveiled VersaUV LEF2-300D benchtop UV flatbed printer to the tradeshow in the coming weeks.

The VersaUV LEF2-300D benchtop UV flatbed printer is the latest generation of Roland DG’s benchtop UV printers. The LEF2 series enables direct printing onto a huge range of materials and objects, producing stunning colour, realistic textures and stylish embossed effects.

It supports a maximum print area of 770mm by 330mm with a height clearance of 200mm.

“The LEF2-300D has been developed to extend the capabilities of the VersaUV benchtop series, preserving all the features and printing quality of LEF2-200 and LEF2-300 printers,” Higgins said.

“The extended printing capability allows users to print onto deeper objects such as cases and boxes, bags, bottles, sneakers and shoes, as well as explore new applications. The LEF2-300D is bundled with Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP software, so existing Roland DG users can easily accommodate into their existing daily workflow.”

According to Higgins, the LEF2-200 is not only targeted at users looking to expand their capabilities, but also sign and display businesses looking to diversify their offering, as well as retail businesses looking to add product personalisation to their offering.

“With the growing demand for personalised, one-of-a-kind items, the LEF2 series enables high quality, direct printing onto a huge range of materials, allowing businesses to capitalise on this trend. With its larger print space, the LEF2-300D further boosts customer creativity and ideas, and expands the scope of profitable business opportunities,” Higgins added.

Both printers are backed by warranty and local service and support.

The Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade show is open 24 hours a day from 1 June until 30 September 2020.

To access the virtual trade show, click here then browse the online floorplan to see all the content from the featured exhibitors.



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