Roland TrueVIS eco-solvent print & cut solutions exceed market expectations

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Roland TrueVIS eco-solvent print & cut solutions exceed market expectations

Roland DG Corporation, a leading supplier of digital print technologies with more than 35 years’ manufacturing expertise, will present live ‘print & cut without compromise’ demonstrations on its award-winning TrueVIS eco-solvent printer/cutter range at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 at Stand B20, Hall 2.2. Recognized across the industry for its high quality and reliable solutions, Roland DG is a leading print & cut brand with more than 116,000 devices sold worldwide.

Offering stunning print quality without compromising on versatility and productivity, Roland’s TrueVIS print & cut is a well-received and established solution on the market. Technical advancements in ink formulation, printhead design, precision control, and firmware engineering make TrueVIS printer/cutters ideal for producing indoor and outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics, banners, posters and displays, labels and decals, packaging prototypes, apparel heat transfers and more.

Paul Willems, head of business development and product management at Roland DG EMEA states, “TrueVIS is the culmination of Roland’s expertise in integrated print and cut, delivering ‘real life’ benefits to users in terms of cost-efficiency, quality, versatility and productivity. Our goal is to provide an innovative, state-of-the-art solution for our customers’ businesses, while delivering optimum production capability. With savings on running costs of up to a third versus Latex, Roland TrueVIS proves that it’s possible to achieve incredibly cost-efficient production without compromising on quality.”

Long-standing Roland customer Joris Langedijk, owner of Eelan, in The Netherlands comments on his purchase of a TrueVIS VG-640, the very first on the European market, following a demonstration at FESPA, “We were immediately impressed by the TrueVIS and decided to purchase there and then. The press is easy to operate, with smooth ink and media switching and VersaWorks Dual software for PDF processing. Recently we printed a portrait of a baby on a blanket and there was so much detail you could almost ‘feel’ the baby’s skin and the softness of blanket. TrueVIS brings our visuals alive, even more than we ever expected – we are very pleased with it!”

Eco-solvent inks: outstanding quality and performance
Roland DG’s eco-solvent TrueVIS inks are GREENGUARD Gold certified, signifying low chemical emissions that are safe for outdoor and indoor use, without the need for special ventilation or environmental equipment.

TrueVIS inks are known for faster drying, lower ink costs, and producing rich and glossy vibrant colors: intense blacks, smooth gradations, and a white ink option for printing onto clear and dark substrates. Roland printheads fire precise and perfectly placed round ink droplets, giving prints more dimension and smoother contrasts. Flexibility in handling different media types, alongside stability and reliability make eco-solvent inks the technology of choice for many sign makers. In a recent comparison test, 8 out of 10 print professionals preferred the quality of Roland eco-solvent TrueVIS prints above Latex.

Simon Eccles, industry print & ink expert, comments, “Eco-solvent inks are very robust and allow strong head stability with good film properties – tough, flexible, durable. Their user friendliness, versatility and low entry cost make them the ideal choice. Indeed, for many large format printers, eco-solvent may be the only system they will ever need.”

High efficiency at low running costs
TrueVIS technology is packed with connectivity features to support how the modern print professional works today. The Roland DG Mobile Panel allows users to perform control panel functions with their existing smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating systems, utilizing a Bluetooth connection. This innovative feature provides a rich interface, enabling operators to receive machine status updates, conduct test printing and cleaning functions from their mobile device.

The integrated solution and synergy between the TrueVIS printer/cutter, inks and RIP software offer a smoother workflow and optimized performance. The latest version of Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP features a new core engine that accurately interprets native PDFs as well as legacy PostScript files, including files with transparencies. The precision cutting mechanism facilitates reliable contour cutting of complex designs, thus expanding the range of possible applications such as cutting thick materials for laminated floor signs.

Roland’s bold presence at FESPA
Roland’s theme at FESPA ‘What matters to you, inspires what we do’ underpins their ongoing customer commitment and dedication. In addition to the TrueVIS range of print & cut solutions, the Roland stand will spotlight a wide range of its other leading solutions including the Roland VersaUV LEF desktop series, industrial flatbed and hybrid devices, dye-sublimation textile printers, and a range of small print, cut and engraving devices.

Gillian Montanaro, head of marketing, Roland DG EMEA concludes, “We are very pleased that the TrueVIS range exceeds market expectations. Brand loyalty and customer satisfaction are very high, as is our customers’ expectations. Supporting them and our partners in building a durable and profitable business, and offering the very best solution, is our commitment that will be clearly reconfirmed at FESPA.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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