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The new standard in print & cut

The new standard in print & cut

The Dutch sign specialist, Gielen Reclame (Valkenswaard) is really enthusiastic about the successful beta test of the new eight-colour TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutter from Roland DG. So happy, in fact, that Chris Gielen, the owner of Gielen Reclame, immediately purchased two machines, explaining: “The addition of the new orange ink provides us with the opportunity to output even better prints with accurate corporate identity colours.”

 Gielen Reclame, along with a signmaker in Denmark and the Renault F1 Team, is one of the three European companies that have subjected the new generation TrueVIS printers from Roland DG to extensive practical testing. The Dutch company has a great deal of experience with Roland devices, having already purchased six Roland printers, and was thus the ideal customer to push the boundaries of this new machine.

The TrueVIS VG2 is Roland DG’s latest generation printer/cutter, which according to Karel Sannen, Marketing Manager at Roland DG, Benelux, has enabled the company to build on more than 30 years of knowledge and experience with 16 previous generations of products in the print and cut market segment.

He said: “We have introduced more than 40 new and improved functions and features in the hardware, but also in the software and the ink, including the addition of orange ink for an even wider colour gamut. Together, these improvements ensure even better performance than before. I am convinced that the TrueVIS VG2 truly sets the new standard in large format printing solutions, which is why I am happy that our beta test customers also endorse that view.”

The TrueVIS VG2, which was introduced in March 2019, is available in various ink configurations, including CMYK x 2 and CMYKLcLmLk with orange or white in the eighth colour channel. Chris Gielen opted for orange as the eighth colour because he already operates white ink on another Roland system.

He said: “We do a lot of printing for motor sport companies, and can achieve great effects with a different type of foil, for example metallic, using white ink. On the other hand, the orange ink now offers us the option of making even better prints when working with corporate colours. I come from the commercial printing world and with four-colour printing, we always had problems when orange featured in a corporate design, as it often came out looking brown, irrespective of what the Pantone colour guide showed. Often, we had to work with an additional PMS spot colour to achieve the correct shade. Four-colour inkjet can have the same problem, but Roland has now solved this dilemma with its new orange TR2 ink.”

Karel Sannen added: “The software includes features such as an Orange Colour System Library that helps users to reproduce brand colours quickly and accurately. Users can choose a specific colour of orange ink, such as Pantone 021, or opt for a fresh colour that reproduces bright green and deep blue. It’s easy to create amazing colours that really ‘pop’ using the new TR2 inks and the True Rich Colour setting.”

 In addition to excellent colour strength, the TrueVIS TR2 inks offer improved scratch resistance too. Sannen observed: “In recent years, there have been a lot of new ink technologies, such as latex and UV inks. However, like many professionals in our industry, we remain convinced that flexible materials, such as PVC and our TrueVIS inks are the perfect combination. The new TR2 inks support the widest array of applications and ensure the most long-lasting results with the inks retaining their colour even after three years of outdoor use. They enable users to laminate printed film after six hours and progress to immediate application, whereas other inks often require a waiting time of 24 hours or more. In addition, Roland DG has received an ICS guarantee from Avery Dennison, and 3M has twice issued MCS certifications for its colour configurations.”

 The TrueVIS VG2 hardware has also been improved in several ways. Sannen explained: “The machine’s start-up procedure has been reduced and the cleaning cycle has been minimised, thus saving on both time and ink. Should a nozzle fail during production, the Nozzle Mask function will switch off that part of the printhead enabling printing to continue at half speed until repairs can be made virtually eliminating unnecessary downtime.”

Moreover, the TrueVIS VG2 is equipped with the latest automatic pinch roller technology, so that the middle pinch rollers are lifted when the cutting of a job commences. Sannen continued: “This means that with a print-and-cut task, users no longer have to wait until the ink is completely dry before cutting.” The roll-up unit for the print media has also been improved, so that the printed substrate can be rolled up more evenly and with greater stability.

Gielen has also noticed the improvements, such as the new ‘Multiple Crop Marks’ feature. He reported: “The TrueVIS VG2 cutter is unbelievably accurate. We normally apply some overlap around logos, to counter any imprecisions so that we avoid white edges. But that’s not really necessary with this system. In principle, we could cut without overlap, that’s how precise this machine is.”

He confided: “We always print in high quality mode and use premium materials, but at Roland’s recommendation, we have also started using the VG2 in the standard mode at 900x600 dpi and are very impressed with the results we have achieved. In 90 percent of the cases, the VG2 delivers perfectly when using the standard setting.”

Watch Gielen Reclame’s video about its VG2 experience and find out more about the business at www.gielenreclame.nl.

 To learn more about Roland’s award-winning TrueVIS VG2 series wide-format printer/cutters, visit: www.rolanddg.co.uk/products/printers/truevis-vg2-series-printer-cutters.

 Roland DG will also be attending FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, where it will be showing on Stand H10, Hall A5, at Messe Munich, on 14th-17th May 2019. TrueVIS VG2 workshops will be held every day of the show on the Roland DG stand, taking place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm at the TrueVIS VG2 Discovery Zone.

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