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CSL Digital introduces DURAUV ink technology for Roland printers

CSL Digital introduces DURAUV ink technology for Roland printers

 CSL Digital, a leading distributor of wide format printing technologies, inks and ancillary products, has today announced the availability of the DURAUV 1600, a new UV LED inkjet printer based on the popular Roland VersaART RF-640 platform.

The increasing popularity of UV ink technology in the sign, display and digital print sectors is underlined by the number of new wide-format UV inkjet printers appearing at exhibitions and trade shows over the last year or two. Historically, UV ink technology was the always associated with high end, high production printers with equally high price tags often reaching well into six figures. The more recent arrival of UV LED light curing technologies has meant that UV ink is now finding its way into the mainstream, much more affordable, roll-to-roll printers too.

CSL Digital has a long history of working closely with printer manufacturers to develop bespoke technical solutions that enable standard wide format printers to take advantage of latest developments in inks and inkjet technologies without the need to introduce entirely new models. According to CSL, the launch of the DURAUV 1600 printer is the culmination of almost two years of research, development and field trials with ‘beta site’ customers.

Justin Atkinson, the company’s Technical Director, explained: “The main advantages of UV inks over other inks are well documented. UV ink technology offers instant curing and good durability, whereas other ink formulations can require additional time for drying and/or outgassing. As no heat is involved in the UV curing process, the integrity of the roll media remains unaffected. This means that the DURAUV 1600 offers owners the potential to print on a much wider range of materials, including the many specialist films and display fabrics unsuited to the high heat drying systems associated with latex and solvent inkjet printers.”

Initially, the DURAUV 1600 will be available in the standard 2 x 4 colour CMYK configuration, with mirrored print heads (CMYKKYMC), that make this printer a formidable production workhorse for any sign and print business. It will ship with the easy to use Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP, which is included in the package price.

Nick Wintle, CSL’s Managing Director, said: “The DURAUV 1600 delivers dry and durable print that’s ready to ship, apply or laminate the second it leaves the printer. The cost savings associated with DURAUV are instant too.  DURAUV inks deliver more metres per litre than solvent or latex ink technologies and by using low energy UV light, rather than power hungry heaters, to cure the inks means that day to day running costs are much lower than other printers in the same class.”

The DURAUV 1600 printer is available now and can be purchased with a dedicated contour cutter if print cutting is also required.

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