Another Award for the VersaUV LED Printer/Cutters
Roland DG Wins Label Industry Global Award for New Innovation
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 12, 2010 - Roland DG Corporation recently announced that it has received the 2010 Label Industry Global Award for New Innovation. The award was given at Label Expo Americas 2010 in Chicago and reflects the innovative technology behind Roland's VersaUV wide-format UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter line. The recognition builds on a growing list of accolades for the VersaUV, including past DPI and EDP awards.
"All of us at Roland DG are honored by this recognition and believe that the award reflects the power of VersaUV technology to transform label and packaging businesses," said John Wall, Sales & Marketing manager of Roland DG Australia. "VersaUV inkjets add value to every graphic produced, printing and contour cutting highly complex designs on a wide range of substrates for labels, decals and packaging prototypes that rival the image quality of offset or gravure printing."
Roland VersaUV Series
Available in 54" (1371mm) and 30" (760mm) models, VersaUV inkjets go beyond traditional CMYK and White inks to produce layers of Clear Coat for striking textures and effects ranging from gloss area highlights to faux leather and even Braille. Low-heat, long lasting LED lamps are compatible with a wide variety of substrates including synthetic paper, polyester film, paper, vinyl, banner media, PET, leather, plastic, polycarbonates and paper boards.
VersaUV is designed for ease of use and efficiency, is Energy Star certified and features an advanced ink circulation system that ensures consistent high-quality printing and minimises time and costs. In addition to contour cutting, VersaUV inkjets perforate and crease graphics for a complete production solution all in one device. Roland VersaWorks RIP software is included and features the Roland Texture Library with more than 70 textures that can be applied easily to graphics.
Roland DG Corporation
Roland DG Corporation is a leading worldwide manufacturer of inkjet devices, milling and engraving machines, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, a jewelry wax model maker and photo impact printers. Roland pioneered the development of Print&Cut technology and today is the number one brand of Print&Cut devices with more than 78,000 sold worldwide. In addition, the company markets software and other components that provide professionals with complete solutions. Roland DG's "Digital Value Engineering" (DVE) employs the latest digital technology to improve the company's business workflow processes. Integral to DVE, Roland DG has replaced its conventional production lines with a digitally-controlled system entitled Digital Yatai. Roland's Digital Yatai production technology features guided on-screen instructions and other automated systems that enable individuals to produce Roland inkjet printers and other products in an unassisted manner while preventing human errors. Roland DG is ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company strives to preserve environmental protection while maintaining the highest quality standards.
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Prints valued at $25,000 is just the beginning for this unique project derived from creative vision, spectacular photography and produced with leading edge printing techniques and technology. Rewarded with one of the world most prestigious print awards, Body of Work is celebrating by giving away one of its unique pieces at PacPrint 2013.
Sydney, Australia, May 21, 2013 - A unique partnership between visionary creative organisation Body Of Work, a division of ArmstrongQ, and leading wide format manufacturer Roland DG Australia, has made history being the first Australian entry to win the prestigious Best of Show at the Printing Industries of America awards in late 2012. To celebrate the success, Body of Work and Roland DG are giving away one of the unique Body of Work pieces valued at $25,000 at PacPrint & Visual Impact 2013.
"Body of Work has a simple philosophy," said Bob Armstrong, Principal of Body of Work. "True progress is made by not following in the footsteps of others. Based on this, in 2006 we set out with the goal to produce the best printed product in the world."
The application of this philosophy has made Body of Work the benchmark in establishing and applying original creative directions primarily in communication strategy, design, photography and the establishment of new frontiers in print.
Roland DG Australia has been working closely with Body of Work team to achieve these new frontiers in print. Marc Margetts, Managing Director at Roland DG Australia was proud that Roland could play an integral part in this unique project. "Roland VersaUV technology has allowed Body of Work to push creative print boundaries," said Marc. "We are very excited to partner with Bob and the team at Body of Work. The quality and breadth of their work is simply amazing and was ultimately recognised by receiving the most prestigious print award in the world."
"In 2012, we reached our goal by winning five of the prestigious Benny awards in the US," said Bob.
With the help of Roland technology, Body of Work reached its pinnacle winning eight awards in the Printing Industries of America Awards in October 2012. Among these awards was the "Best of Show Award" from 3,000 elite international entries - Body of Work is the first Australian organisation to win this prestigious award.
The spectacular Best Of Show 'Pas De Chasse' will be on display on the Roland DG stand at PacPrint and Visual Impact 2013, along with other award winning Body of Work pieces. Further to this, Body of Work and Roland DG will also be giving away a limited edition Body of Work piece valued at $25,000 at the show.
Visit Roland DG at stand #4318 at PacPrint to see these impressive fine art pieces, and take advantage of this unique opportunity to go into the draw to win a limited edition Body of Work print.
To learn more about Body Of Work, visit www.bodyofworkstudios.com.
As part of their production print demonstrations at the show, Roland DG Australia will be printing over 1000 square meters of print for several well known non profit organisations to help promote their current campaigns and causes.
Sydney, Australia, May 22, 2013 - Leading wide format manufacturer Roland DG Australia is running a unique program at PacPrint and Visual Impact that will see Roland DG delivering large format prints for several non-profit organisations as part of their printer demonstrations at the show.
Roland DG will be one of the hundreds of exhibitors at PacPrint that will be showcasing the latest in print technology. A big part of showcasing these devices is of course printing samples in order to demonstrate the printing speeds, print quality and range of applications possible.
Having attended many exhibitions over the years, John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG Australia, is very familiar with the amount of sample print that is produced at a big trade show such as PacPrint. "Typically, we produce lots of print over the five days of the exhibition, running sample prints to demonstrate our wide format devices," said John. "In fact, our new PRO4 XF-640 in particular runs so fast that it can literally go through a 50 metre roll of media with commercial grade print, in under an hour."
"Too often this print just go to waste, with much of it simply thrown out by visitors or exhibitors. You can only imagine the total amount of 'demonstration' print that will be printed at this show by all the exhibitors! So at Roland DG, we plan to give this print purpose."
Roland DG Australia is partnering with Oxfam Australia, World Vision Australia, SurfAid and industry organisation VISA, to deliver over 1000 square metersof useable print for various campaigns these organisations are running. Thanks to media partners, Shil and Avery, Roland DG will be using Sihl Quadrosorb 3526 matte poster paper and Avery 4130 for banners.
SurfAid's Director, Marketing and Communications, Kirk Willcox, said it was a great initiative from Roland DG Australia and much appreciated. "Being a small, non-profit organisation we have little budget for printing new marketing collateral," Willcox said. "This is of great benefit for our organization in helping to promote awareness of our work and we applaud Roland DG Australia for their creative thinking to benefit non-profits."
Zane Kuramoto, Creative Director at World Vision Australia was also grateful for the support - "These generously donated large scale prints will offer our staff and supporters the opportunity to see a selection of our beautiful photographs like never before and reconnect with the people we serve from communities all around the world. For this, we're truly thankful."
"We are excited to be able to support these great causes," said Marc Margetts, Managing Director at Roland DG Australia. "What better way to use our printing at the show than to offer it to organisations that do such good work in the community and around the world. We hope these prints help to make a great impact for these organisations."
Visit Roland DG at stand #4318 at PacPrint and Visual Impact to see how Roland DG is giving purpose to print.
With a blistering start to sales, only matched by its print speed, the new PRO4 XF-640 has already made an impact on the market and is expected to be a big draw card at PacPrint and Visual Impact 2013. Roland DG will be showcasing a range of exciting new wide format solutions and will have several surprises that will be revealed at the event next week.
Sydney, Australia, May 14, 2013 - Leading wide format manufacturer Roland DG Australia is anticipating that the ground breaking new PRO4 XF-640 wide format printer will be a big draw card at PacPrint and Visual Impact next week. Along with the new XF-640, Roland DG will be showcasing all the latest in wide format technology, and range of unique applications for durable graphics, soft signage, packaging, fine arts, interiors and personalisation.
PacPrint 2013 will be the first appearance of the PRO4 XF-640 wide format printer at an Asia Pacific trade show after release in early April. This next generation production print solution has already made a big impact on the wide format and durable graphics market with over 220 sold worldwide within the first month of shipping, and more on backorder.
This good start to sales doesn't come as a huge surprise to Roland DG who expected the XF-640 to be very popular - "With the new technology delivering blistering print speeds up to 102 m2/hr, while maintaining exceptional print quality, the XF-640 is truly a ground breaking development in wide format," said John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director. "We knew the XF would be popular but we are still very pleased with the sales so far and look forward to showcasing it to the industry."
The popular PRO4 XR-640 Printer/cutter launched late 2012, will also be a big draw card with the last chance to go into the draw win a Ford XR6*. In addition, Roland DG will be demonstrating real soft-signage and textile solutions, and the VersaUV LEJ-640 Hybrid UV printer for a variety of applications. Roland engravers and marking solutions will also be on display to showcase our extensive range of way finding, tactile signage and personalisation solutions.
Another good reason to visit the Roland DG stand is to see fine art print at at its best - view the 'Benny' award winning Pas De Chasse piece by Body of Work, produced by Roland DG in conjunction with Armstrong Q.
Once again, Roland users will be on the Roland DG stand ready to chat about the products, inks, support and more - so people can make an informed, unbiased decisions about their next investment.
Roland technical staff will also be on hand at RolandClinic to answer questions, give advice on any technical issues or provide helpful tips on production workflows and printing techniques.
So make sure you visit stand #4318 and #6906 at PacPrint & Visual Impact 2013 to see all the latest from Roland DG.* Terms & conditions apply. Visit www.rolanddg.com.au/xr for more information. ACT TP 12/03020; NSW Permit Number LTPS/12/0661; SA T12/1512; VIC Permit No. 12/2050.
Roland DG implement new accreditation scheme to guarantee the highest level of technical excellence for Roland DG service engineers on a world-wide basis.
Sydney, Australia, April 30, 2013 - Technicians and service engineers from leading wide-format print and engraving solution provider Roland DG Australia and its Authorised agents, recently completed service accreditation as part a global accreditation scheme launched by Roland DG's Japanese head office in late 2012.
Currently being rolled out on a global scale, this new scheme scheme aims to create a clear standard of excellence for service engineers, ensures best practise and guarantees the highest level of technical excellence is carried out on a world-wide basis.
"Our Roland service engineers have always been exceptionally well-qualified and professional," said Solomon Ferreira, Roland DG Australia National Service Manager, "Building upon our current accreditation programs, this new certification globally formalises Roland's standard of technical and engineering excellence."
The new Roland DG Engineer Accreditation process includes a series of complex written and practical tests on Roland machinery and was overseen by certification specialists from Roland DG Japan. All 18 Australian authorised Roland service engineers passed the new international technical accreditation certificate, and New Zealand accreditations are to be completed in the near future.
Each certified Roland engineer also now holds an official ID card to verify their qualification so customers have total peace of mind that they are in the hands of a qualified professional.
"We are proud that that all of our Australian engineers attained an exceptionally high pass rate which is an outstanding achievement," continued Solomon. "This should give our customers that added confidence that when they invest in Roland they are investing not only in the best technology, but also the very best service and technical support team as well."
With 16 service locations across Australia and New Zealand, Roland DG Service & Support is part of the Roland DG Care program which offers a range of comprehensive after sales solutions. For more information on Roland DG Care visit www.rolanddgcare.com.au.
23-Apr-2013 Roland Road Show heads West to Perth
A unique opportunity to see the latest Roland technology, attend VersaWorks® training and even win tickets to the Perth 360 V8 Supercar round.
Sydney, Australia, April 23, 2013 - After successful Road Show events throughout 2012, leading wide-format print and engraving solution provider Roland DG, is heading west, announcing a special Road Show event in Perth, WA, just prior to the V8 rounds at Barbagallo. Roland will be showcasing exciting new wide format technology including the recently released PRO4 XF-640 wide format printer, new PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter and a range of other innovative solutions.
"While Perth may not be considered 'regional', being on the other side of the country it is somewhat isolated in terms of major trade shows," said John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director. "So as with all our other Road Shows, we aim to make the latest technology and training much more accessible to all regions of Australia and this is why we have chosen Perth as our next stop."
Visitors from Perth and surrounding areas will have a unique opportunity to meet V8 Supercar driver Maro Engel from Erebus Motorsport (1st May from 4.30 - 6PM), and also the chance win 2 tickets to the Perth 360 V8 round on 3rd - 5th May, including VIP Pit tours of the Erebus Team.
Roland DG will be demonstrating the new PRO4 XF-640 plus a range of other leading Roland technology including the popular PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter, with time running out to go into the draw win a Ford XR6*.
The 64-inch (1625mm) SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 is Roland's fastest wide-format printer to date and is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. The PRO4 XF-640 incorporates next generation dual print heads and redesigned take-up and pinch roller systems, plus a host of other advanced features for high quality imaging at a maximum print speed of 102m2/hr, and every day real production speeds of 20-63m2/hr to take your business to the next level of productivity.
"We are excited to showcase this new technology to the market," said John. "This is a unique opportunity for people to be some of the first to see the new XF-640 in action. Along with the new XR-640, I'm sure they will be impressed at the speed and quality that can be delivered and will immediately see the advantages they can achieve for their business."
Roland sales and technical staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about Roland products and solutions, give advice on any technical issues or suggest helpful tips for your day to day workflows to help you get more out of your Roland device as part of the RolandClinic.
The Perth Road show event will be held on 30th April - 1st May at Hotel Northbridge from 11am - 7:30pm each day, with a special Roland VersaWorks® Advanced Training course to be held on 2nd May.
To RSVP for the Perth Road Show or register for VersaWorks® training, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/roadshows. To find out more about the new PRO4 XF-640 or other Roland technolgy, visit www.rolanddg.com.au or contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
* Terms & conditions apply. Visit the website for more information. ACT TP 12/03020; NSW Permit Number LTPS/12/0661; SA T12/1512; VIC Permit No. 12/2050.
09-Apr-2013 PRO4 XF-640 Launch Events in Melbourne and Perth
Roland DG to Launch the new PRO4 XF-640 in Melbourne and Perth
Sydney, Australia, April 10, 2013 – After the release of the Roland PRO4 XF-640 earlier this month, leading wide-format print and engraving solution provider Roland DG have announced two special events to showcase the exciting new wide format technology - an Open House in Melbourne and a special Road Show event in Perth.
The 64-inch (1625mm) PRO4 XF-640 is Roland’s fastest wide-format printer to date and is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. The PRO4 XF-640 incorporates next generation dual print heads and redesigned take-up and pinch roller systems, plus a host of other advanced features for high quality imaging at a maximum print speed of 102m2/hr, and every day real production speeds of 20-63m2/hr to take your business to the next level of productivity.
We are excited to showcase this new technology to the market,” said John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director. “This is a unique opportunity for people to be some of the first to see the new XF-640 in action. I’m sure they will be impressed at the speed and quality that it can deliver and will immediately see the advantages they can achieve for their business.”
At these events, Roland DG will be demonstrating the the new PRO4 XF-640 plus a range of other leading Roland technology including the popular PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter, with the last chance to go into the draw win a Ford XR6*.
Melboune Open House
The Open House in Melbourne will be held on 24th April from 9am – 5pm. Visit www.rolanddg.com.au/pro4openhouse to register today or simply turn up on the day at the Roland DG Melbourne offices at Unit 5, 98-104 Station Street Nunawading, VIC 3131.
Perth Road Show
In addition, after successful Road Show events throughout 2012, Roland DG will be holding the next Road Show in Perth, WA from 30th April – 1st May, 11am - 7:30pm, with a special Roland VersaWorks® Advanced Training course to be held on 2nd May.
Visitors from Perth and surrounding areas will have a unique opportunity to see the brand new PRO4 XF-640, plus have the chance to win 2 tickets to the Perth 360 V8 round on 3rd – 5th May, including VIP Pit tours of the Erebus Team.
Roland sales and technical staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about Roland products and solutions, give advice on any technical issues or suggest helpful tips for your day to day workflows to help you get more out of your Roland device as part of the RolandClinic.
To RSVP for the Perth Road Show or register for VersaWorks® training, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/roadshows. For more information about any of these Roland events or the new PRO4 XF-640 contact Roland DG on 02 9975 0000.
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* Terms & conditions apply. Visit the website for more information. ACT TP 12/03020; NSW Permit Number LTPS/12/0661; SA T12/1512; VIC Permit No. 12/2050.
05-Apr-2013 Roland DG and Biomedex Partnership
Roland DG announced partnership with Biomedex to distribute the DWX-50 Dental Milling Machine, which will be on display at the 2013 Melbourne Dental Congress.
Sydney, Australia, April 5, 2013 - Roland DG Australia, a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling, engraving and direct part marking technologies, announced an exciting partnership with Biomedex, a division of Device Technologies, to distribute the DWX-50 5 axis dental milling machine.
The DWX-50 is an advanced 5-axis production tool for creating high-quality dental prosthetics, including copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments using aesthetically -preferred Zirconia, wax, PMMA and acrylic materials. The DWX-50 is Roland’s most advanced dental milling machine to date, a compact, affordable solution based on 20 years of the company’s proven 3D milling technology. The DWX-50 offers dental labs new advanced features, including 5-axis milling, which enables the seamless production of complex dental prosthetics.
“Roland DG is excited to partner with Biomedex and Device Technologies,” said Marc Margetts, Managing Director, Roland DG Australia. “On the back of over 1000 installations of the DWX-50 worldwide, there is lots of potential for the Australian market to take up this state-of-the-art and cost effective solution for dental milling.”
The partnership between Roland DG Australia and Biomedex, will see Biomedex distribute the DWX-50 Dental Milling Machine to the Australian market under the ‘Easyshape’ brand, via their extensive dental dealer network.
Device CEO Peter Ord “We’re very proud to be associated with Roland DG and innovative technology like this. We see the Roland DWX-50 adding value to the Dental community as it provides a local, cost effective solution to both the dental profession and their patients. This product will most certainly fit very well within our Biomedex division given Biomedex’s extensive reach into dental distributors and dealers.”
Roland DG and Biomedex are to officially launch this partnership at the Melbourne Dental Congress 4-6th April 2013.
Roland DG Australia
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Roland DG serves a wide variety of industries as a leading worldwide manufacturer of milling and engraving machines, 3D scanners, a jewelry wax model maker, photo impact printers, inkjet devices and vinyl cutters. Roland DG's "Digital Value Engineering" (DVE) employs the latest digital technology to improve the company's business workflow processes. Integral to DVE, Roland DG has replaced its conventional production lines with a digitally-controlled system entitled Digital Yatai. Roland's Digital Yatai production technology features guided on-screen instructions and other automated systems that enable individuals to produce Roland products in an unassisted manner while preventing human errors. Roland DG is ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company strives to preserve environmental protection while maintaining the highest quality standards.
Founded in 1992, Device Technologies is an established distributor of quality and technologically-advanced medical equipment and consumables. The company is Australian-owned and employs more than 600 healthcare specialists and support staff in Australia and New Zealand. This year we have opened offices in the USA, UK and Fiji. In 2007 Biomedex became the wholesale division of Device Technologies, with access to an extensive dealer network including over 25 dental dealers.
Company Mission Statement: To enable superior health outcomes for patients, by providing access to the best medical systems available worldwide.
03-Apr-2013 Introducing the New Roland PRO4 XF-640
The Fastest, Most Advanced Roland Wide-Format Printer to Date.
Sydney, Australia, April 2, 2013 - Roland DG Corporation, the leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional durable graphics, has introduced the latest addition to the all new PRO4 range. The 64-inch (1625mm) SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 is the company's fastest wide-format printer to date and is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. The PRO4 XF-640 incorporates next generation dual print heads and redesigned take-up and pinch roller systems, plus a host of other advanced features for high quality imaging at a maximum print speed of 102m2/hr., and every day real production speeds of 20-63m2/hr. to take your business to the next level of productivity.
"Today, more than ever, high-speed large format printers are in demand across developed countries and emerging markets alike," said Conrad Birkett, Roland DG Business Development Manager. "While high volume production is the goal for many of these businesses, quality imaging is equally important. The PRO4 XF-640 answers this need in the marketplace by combining exceptional print quality with reliable, high-speed performance. After the success of the versatile PRO4 XR-640 Print & Cut solution released last year, we are confident the new XF-640 advanced print only solution will be a popular addition to the PRO4 range."
Designed for both indoor and outdoor applications, the PRO4 XF-640 is the ideal production tool for signs, banners, vehicle wraps, window graphics, POP displays, trade show graphics, posters and more. With the PRO4 XF-640, new advanced print control technology incorporates the industry's most advanced print head in a staggered design for maximum productivity. The dual mirrored CMYK ink configuration virtually eliminates banding for consistent colour imaging when handling large graphic files. The new heads are also designed to fire high levels of ink for added density and rich, saturated colours. Roland's newest eco-solvent ink, ECO-SOL MAX 2™, dries quickly and delivers an expanded colour gamut for exceptional image quality.
The PRO4 XF-640 features a robust architecture with several new performance upgrades. Durable construction of its unique bearing rail and frame firmly support and stabilise the head assembly for highly precise ink droplet delivery. A total of 16 pinch rollers and a new grit roller system ensure flawless media feeding. Additionally, a redesigned media take-up system and heater maximise productivity by reducing the amount of time required for printing and drying graphics during high-speed, volume production.
Like the rest of the Roland printer range, the PRO4 XF-640 is easy to operate. A redesigned front-loading ink cartridge unit provides easy ink access while minimising the functional printer footprint. A latched maintenance cover protects the print head assembly and opens automatically at the touch of a button for easy cleaning. With the PRO4 XF-640, media loading levers are positioned in both the front and back for maximum convenience. Special media brackets support even the heaviest media rolls as they are loaded into place.
SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 Features:
- Built for high-speed production and outstanding image quality
- New head control technology drives the industry's latest print heads, staggered to achieve print speeds up to 102 m2/hr.
- Mirrored CMYK ink configuration ensures consistent imaging at top speeds
- Roland Intelligent Pass Control® precisely controls dot placement between passes for exceptional images, virtually free of banding
New ECO-SOL MAX 2™ ink produces rich, vibrant colours
- Increased ink coverage allows for high-density printing, even in the fastest mode
- Durable, scratch resistant and virtually odorless
- Supports coated and uncoated media
- Fast, consistent drying across prints for even colours and sharp images and text
- Environmentally friendly with no nickel compounds
- Durable construction of rail and frame stabilises head movement for precise ink droplets
New media take-up system for long, unattended production runs
- Redesigned for exceptional results at high print speeds
- New supply bar supports eliminate distortion
- New dancer roller device stabilises media handling
Redesigned heater supports quality high-speed printing with the take-up system
- Ensures even drying across every inch of the graphic
- New AC servo motor supports extended production runs
Easy operation ensures maximum productivity from the very first print
- Front loading ink cartridges are easy to access
- Media loading levers are located in both the front and back of the printer for maximum convenience
- Automated, latched maintenance cover opens at the touch of a button for easy cleaning
New version of Roland VersaWorks®
- Features built-in PANTONE® spot colour libraries to streamline the conversion process from PANTONE® to CMYK colours
- Includes a predictive ink calculator which estimates the amount of ink needed for each job
- Roland OnSupport enables unattended printing by sending text or email messages to a smart phone or remote computer when a print job is completed or ink is running low.
See the PRO4 XF-640 at PacPrint and Visual Impact Melbourne in May. Watch the feature video and find out more at www.rolanddg.com.au/xf.
19-Mar-2013 Roland DG Opens Offices in China
ROLAND DG CORPORATION OFFICIALLY OPENS FIRST SALES SUBSIDIARY IN CHINA
Sydney, Australia, March 19, 2013 - Roland DG Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices (President: Masahiro Tomioka, Headquarters: Hamamatsu, Japan, hereafter referred to as Roland DG) has established its first sales subsidiary in Shanghai, China: (Roland DG (China) Corporation, hereafter referred to as DG China). DG China offices are located in Shanghai Mart on Yan'an Road (West), Shanghai and began full operations in January of this year.
Roland DG has solidified its position as the world's top brand in professional-use inkjet printers used for the production of indoor and outdoor signs, posters and other signage. In addition, we continue to deliver new levels of digital manufacturing efficiency and value creation with milling machines and 3D scanners. Currently, Roland DG markets its innovative products and services in 133 countries through a network of partnering companies, including 11 subsidiaries.
Here in China, Roland DG has partnered with local master distributor Synnex Technology International (HK) Ltd., a company with a strong, established sales network throughout all of China. Together, their marketing efforts over the past few years have greatly expanded sales for wide-format inkjet printers. With the assistance of Synnex, Roland DG will continue to take advantage of signage market growth and boost its brand presence to new heights.
While we expand the sign and display markets in China in cooperation with Synnex, DG China is in the unique position to cultivate new printing markets by utilising the advantages of our UV-LED inkjet printers that can print directly to a wide variety of materials, and our dental milling machines used in creating dental prosthetics for a dental industry that craves new digital solutions. In addition, DG China will be invaluable in procuring parts to help our cost competitiveness.
Mr. Masahiro Tomioka, President of Roland DG, said regarding DG China's establishment: "In China, as the sign and display markets begin to grow, we are also making advances printing markets as well as various industries, such as health care and manufacturing. Currently, as a company, we are promoting a structural reformation, called Global One, to become a single group with the speed and flexibility to face a challenging global market and ever-changing economic environment. By 2016, it is said China's GDP will be the largest in the world, and DG China will play a pivotal role in our reform as we brave this massive market. As we continue to cultivate markets that thrive on digital technology, we expect DG China to become a center of growth within DG Group."
Tetsuya Kobayashi, President of DG China, said: "DG China has a superb staff and a solid business model to deliver high added value to customers. They go beyond providing hardware, software and supplies and deliver a unique user support system that realizes new business chances: Roland DG Academy offers training and seminars for all user levels, Roland DG Creative Center hosts a creative showcase of application samples to inspire the imagination, and Roland DG Care is our full product support system that lets people keep their products in top condition. "
Since our founding in 1981, Roland DG has continually valued the power of imagination, developing digital technology that allows the customers to transform imagination into reality. We have helped customers around the world achieve new standards of performance in business, art and other fields. In April of 2012, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our founding, and held the Creative Awards, a contest for our users to showcase works made with our products. The grand prize winner was found here in China. To find such a winning combination of practical application and stunning creativity here-it truly stands as a defining example of our global brand message: "Imagine."
07-Mar-2013 Prepare for launch
12-Feb-2013 Roland DG Join Forces With Erebus Motorsport V8
Sydney, Australia, February 12, 2013 - Leading wide-format print solution provider Roland DG Australia, have recently signed a sponsorship deal with the latest team in the V8 Supercar Championship, Erebus Motorsport. As part of the agreement, Roland DG will provide state-of-the-art print technology to power the graphic requirements of the Team over the next two years.
Erebus Motorsport changed the V8 Supercar landscape in September 2012 when it announced it would be joining forces with AMG Customer Sports and Stone Brothers Racing, to introduce a fourth manufacturer to the sport from 2013.
The livery of the three Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercars, along with the race transporter, pit areas and all other graphic requirements will be produced on the Roland PRO4 XR-640 Printer/Cutter, and CAMM-1 GX-640 vinyl cutter.
Erebus Motorsport V8 Commercial Manager Jeff Reibel is excited about the new arrangement. "The visual appeal of the cars and team is so important these days" said Reibel, "partnering with Roland DG gives us access to the highest quality digital printing technology, ensuring all eyes will be on Erebus Motorsport V8 when we hit the track."
Roland DG Managing Director Marc Margetts is also pleased with the new deal - "There is going to be a real buzz around Erebus Motorsport this year with the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercar" said Margetts. "We look forward to furthering our position as industry leader in the vehicle and durable graphics market through this deal."
Erebus Motorsport will be hosting an official launch event this week, where the world's first Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercars will be unveiled.
Founded in 2011, Erebus Motorsport has quickly become one of the most recognised Australian motorsport operations in the world. With the team's sole owner a female, Erebus Motorsport is unique in major league sports, particularly motorsport, and standing apart from the crowd is at the centre of the organisation's existence. Erebus Motorsport arrived on the world stage when it became the first AMG Customer Sports team outside Europe to take the SLS AMG GT3 to victory, then was awarded the 'Best Presented Car' award at the AMG Customer Sports Awards in Germany in 2011. Starting with one of the stunning 'Gullwings' in 2011, Erebus Motorsport expanded its operation in 2012 to finish second in the Bathurst 12 Hour and now has two SLS' in the Australian GT Championship, which it currently leads. The V8 Supercars program announced by Erebus Motorsport is just one part of its overall goal in 2013 and beyond.
ROLAND DG CORPORATION OPENS FIRST MANUFACTURING FACTORY OUTSIDE OF JAPAN. New Factory in the Kingdom of Thailand will serve as the Worldwide Export Hub for the Group.
Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2013 -Roland DG Corporation of Japan, the world's leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers for sign and display markets, today announced the official opening of its first manufacturing factory in the Kingdom of Thailand. The factory is also the first outside of Japan. Located in Sinsakhon Printing City & Industrial Estate Phase 2, Samutsakhon, this new factory is expected to become the region's major production center outside of Japan. It will serve as one of the worldwide export hubs for the group.
Mr. Masahiro Tomioka, President of Roland DG Corporation, Japan, said: "As the economic expansion in developing countries including Asia is expected to grow further in the mid to long term, we decided to establish a production base in Thailand so as to plan and manufacture products which meet the demand of developing countries. It was Thailand's good infrastructure and logistics, plus the availability of skilled labor, which made Thailand a very attractive destination for us. But more importantly, it was the presence of strong supporting industry network established through the efforts of the Thai government to attract companies to the region, and the investment incentives from The Thai Board of Investment (BOI) that made Thailand the location of choice for our global expansion."
The purpose of establishing a factory in Thailand is also to increase the number of manufacture and procurement facilities available. Whilst Thailand experienced disastrous flooding two years ago, the damage incurred from the earthquake and tsunami that same year in Japan disrupted the supply chain, and even affected the procurement of parts for our products. Establishing manufacturing and procurement functions not only in Japan, but also overseas has merit from the viewpoint of cost and increasing price competitiveness, as well as holds merit on the point of risk reduction.
While there has been a recent slight easing in the strength of the yen, its sudden rise in value after the Lehman Shock required action; with procurement of parts in other currencies besides the Japanese yen being another purpose of this factory, allowing us to avoid foreign exchange risks. Furthermore, having become a group organization, our company is currently pushing ahead with its "Global One" reorganization in order to respond quickly and flexibly to meet increasingly complex global market and management environment changes. With this restructuring, the factory in Thailand will become a central base for operations in the region, and will be highly effective for responding quickly to the needs of developing countries and realizing prices demanded by the market. In the near future, it is expected that the factory will not only handle manufacturing and procurement functions, but also assume planning and design functions.
The construction of the Thai factory was started in January 2012 with an initial investment of Bht. 200 million and became fully operational in October 2012. With the recent floods which plagued the region in and around Bangkok in mind, this new factory was designed with the floor of the factory at 190 centimeters above sea level, and 300 piles 26m long were driven to support the building from soft ground.
Mr. Akira Suzaki, President of Roland Digital Group (Thailand) Ltd., commented: "Our Thai factory initially began manufacturing the RE-640/RA-640, a popular wide-format inkjet printer. Employing excellent staff and using the 'Digital YATAI,'a cell production system originally developed by Roland DG, that features guided on-screen instructions and other automated systems,enables the Thai factory to utilise advanced manufacturing level to the same quality achieved in Japan. While minimising risk caused by human error, the Digital YATAI system makes it possible for anyone to assemble the product, and has contributed to the smooth launch of the factory. There has been production of over 400 units by the end of 2012 since the factory started mass production on 1st of October 2012. The first export of RE-640/RA-640 from the factory was made on October 27, 2012 to China, India, South Africa and Europe. The production of other printer models, such as the metallic printer VS series, is expected to be transferred from Japan to Thailand in the middle of this year. The company is planning to produce 3,700 units in 2013, and reach maximum capacity of more than 5,000 units in 2014."
Roland DG markets its innovative products and services in 133 countries through a network of partnering companies. This includes 9 subsidiaries and master distributors, including SVOA Public Company Limited, with which Roland has had a relationship for more than 25 years. As one of Thailand's leading computer IT system developers, SVOA represents Roland not only in Thailand, but also in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
Roland DG ('DG' stands for 'Digital Group') was founded as a subsidiary of the electronic musical instrument maker Roland Corporation in 1981. The early 1980's marked the era when the personal computers were born, and were being developed by companies such as Apple, IBM, and NEC. Realizing the importance of computers to modern society, Roland decided to take advantage of the digital technology it had developed through the production of electronic instruments and applied it to computer peripherals in order to cultivate a new market, thus forming Roland DG.
Roland DG firstly developed Computer Music, which allowed the user to compose and automatically perform music using a computer, and also the pen plotter, which was initially developed to output musical notation for songs created using the Computer Music by moving a pen horizontally (X axis) and vertically (Y axis) across the surface of a piece of paper. In the 1980's business grew rapidly as the market for pen plotters expanded to manufacturing design and development departments, and construction offices to draft design and schematics. During this time exploring other options began and replacing the pen by a cutter enabled Roland to begin development on cutting machines, and by adding height (Z axis), 3D milling machines and engraving machines. The 1990's marked the time when Roland changed its flagship product to cutting plotters and shifted its focus to the sign market. Realizing the importance of color signs, Roland developed and introduced its first wide-format color inkjet printer. Currently Roland continues to focus on its color business with its wide-format inkjet printers, which has secured more than 40% of the world market share, as well as the 3D business that includes 3D milling machines, 3D scanners, and engraving machines.
In recent years, Roland DG has witnessed the rapid advancement of computer graphics technology. Roland DG's technology therefore helps artists, designers and other professionals use digital imagery to produce everything from prototypes to works of art. This dovetails well with its global brand message "Imagine." It is a simple word; yet it is innovation's most powerful force.
Mr. Tomioka elaborated: "We believe 'Imagine.' can open up a world of possibilities. Today, Roland DG is committed to embrace the power of 'Imagine.' by making it possible for our customers everywhere to 'Transform their Imagination into Reality'.
29-Jan-2013 Roland DG Announce 2013 Training Dates
Unlock the Full Potential of Your Roland Device
Sydney, Australia, January 29, 2013 - Leading wide-format print solution provider Roland DG, has released dates for its 2013 VersaWorks™ Advanced training courses.
Developed by experienced Roland print specialists, the VersaWorks™ Advanced training courses are designed to improve print quality, production processes, and overall commercial performance. Providing detailed lessons on how to use both the standard and advanced features of VersaWorks™, the interactive courses will give users the tools and knowledge to take full advantage of the many capabilities of their Roland printer or printer/cutter.
The full day course, run in seminar style with demonstrations will cover topics including:
- Environment & calibration
- Colour management
- Managing and fine-tuning profiles
- Advanced production techniques and tips
- Workflow Automation
- New features in the latest version of VersaWorks™ including built in PANTONE® libraries
- Important maintenance that will help to extend the life of your Roland printer
The courses will run throughout Australia and will commence in Sydney and Melbourne, with dates for other areas to be confirmed and announced shortly. Spaces are limited, so register today and mark these dates in your calendar:
- Tuesday 26 March - Sydney
- Wednesday 1 May - Melbourne
- Wednesday 26 June - Sydney
- Thursday 8 August - Melbourne
- Thursday 26 September - Sydney
- Tuesday 19 November - Melbourne
To register, or for more information on Roland DG Academy visit www.rolanddg.com.au/academy or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.
13-Dec-2012 Printer Maintenance Over the Holiday Break
If your Roland printer is not going to be used for up to 3 weeks please ensure the main power (rear of machine) is left ON and the sub power (front control panel) is left OFF, also ink cartridges must be left with plenty of ink remaining.
If your printer is not going to be used for a longer period than 3 weeks or you would like to discuss please contact Roland DG support email@example.com or call 02 9975 0000 so we can be prepared for your return in the event any problems occur.
If there is a power failure there is not much you can do about it, when the power returns the machine will return to the same state. The print heads will be capped during this time so there should be nothing to worry about.
For those of you who may need technical assistance our technical team will be here during the Christmas period. This year we will be closing on the public holidays, as well as the 24th and 31st December. It might also be a good idea to make sure you all check your supplies and keep a spare set of ink etc just in case so you are not caught out.
Once again, the team at Roland DG wishes you a safe and happy holiday period. See you all in 2013!
28-Nov-2012 New White and Metallic ECO-SOL MAX 2™ Inks
New white and metallic inks drastically increase productivity and offer specialised colour applications for the recently released SOLJET PRO4 XR-640.
Sydney, Australia, November 28, 2012 ― Roland DG Corporation, the leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional durable graphics, today announced to start shipping the newly-developed ECO-SOL MAX 2™ white and metallic silver inks for SOLJET PRO4 XR-640, the industry’s most advanced eco-solvent printer/cutter to date. This will enable use for a wide range of applications, including window graphics, vehicles graphics, large posters, decals and labels with excellent added-value, fully utilising the potential of the XR-640.
“The XR-640, an eco-solvent inkjet printer cutter, was announced in September this year as our flagship model. With the newly available white and metallic silver inks, the XR-640 has achieved almost double the productivity of predecessor's in the same class,” said Conrad Birkett, Roland DG Business Development Manager. “In fact, the standard mode of the XR-640 can match the image quality and density of its predecessor's high quality mode. As a result, you can now print high quality large-scale items in a much shorter time frame.”
With drastically improved density, the newly developed ECO SOL MAX 2™ white ink, is particularly useful for the production of applications using transparent film or materials. For example, when producing decals to be applied to vehicles or bicycles, colours can be accurately matched by first printing a base layer with white ink, and then carrying out full-colour printing over the top. In addition, the pigments of the new metallic ink are more reflective for a much brighter result^. These new inks will now produce applications that have a much greater impact and enable users to add value to their offering.
Furthermore, the XR-640 has refined the automated ink circulation system, which prevents the pigment in white and metallic ink from settling. As well as maintaining stable output quality, waste of white and metallic inks required for maintenance has been cut by around 50% in comparison with predecessor’s model, contributing to significant reduction of running costs.
About the SOLJET PRO4 XR-640
The 64-inch XR-640, which won a Viscom best of 2012 award, combines accelerated print speeds with Roland's renowned integrated print/cut technology, an innovative new print head design, and new ECO-SOL MAX2 inks in nine colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK), plus light cyan (Lc), light magenta (Lm), white (Wh), metallic silver (Mt) and new light black (Lk). The XR-640 is designed for volume production while allowing the professionals in sign graphics market to express their creativity with high-end effects and finishes as well as to create the profitable new applications and markets.
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^ Print results vary depending on the media.
28-Nov-2012 Roland Announces VersaWorks® 4.8 RIP Software
Roland Announces New VersaWorks® 4.8 RIP Software, Featuring a Built-In PANTONE® Library and Other Advanced Colour Management Tools - Free Upgrade for Existing Owners of Roland Inkjet Printers and Printer/Cutters
Sydney, Australia, November 28, 2012 – Roland DG has announced VersaWorks version 4.8, an update to their full featured easy-to-use RIP software package developed exclusively for the company’s wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters.
With the new version of VersaWorks®, Roland has added a total of six libraries from the PANTONE PLUS and PANTONE Goe™ product lines - valuable design and production tools perfect for high-end graphics or any applications where precise colour matching is vital. These new libraries allow users to automatically convert a specific PANTONE spot colour in the design file to a CMYK value that can be reproduced on a Roland inkjet device. This simplified workflow significantly reduces the amount of time required for colour matching and enables fast output of specific colours when working with properly profiled media.
Roland’s latest version of VersaWorks® also features a new spot colour replacement feature which allows users to replace a defined spot colour in the design file with another from any VersaWorks® library, all without reopening the source file. With VersaWorks®, users have access to 16 spot colour libraries, including the new PANTONE libraries and the Roland Color System, Roland’s own spot colour matching solution featuring more than 1,500 traditional and metallic hues. Users can also replace the spot colours in their designs with white and clear ink options supported by several Roland inkjets.
“As a leader in the wide-format printing industry, Roland provides versatile production tools for some of the world’s most creative businesses,” said Andrew Hatkoff, vice president of technology licensing and business development. “We are pleased to partner with Roland to bring all the advantages of PANTONE spot colour matching to these businesses. As the standard for the design and graphics industry, PANTONE provides end users with complete creative flexibility, precision colour matching and enhanced imaging across the applications driving their businesses.”
“With Version 4.8, we have enhanced VersaWorks with new breakthrough colour management features,” said Kevin Shigenoya, Roland DG Global sales executive officer for Roland DG Corp. “We are proud to offer our first built-in PANTONE libraries, making spot colour matching even easier and more accurate. As our own bundled RIP software, VersaWorks® brings this innovative new capability – and many other advanced VersaWorks® features – directly to our customers, free of charge, in an easy-to-use, fully integrated solution.”
The top choice of durable graphics professionals worldwide, Roland inkjet printers and printer/cutters are ideal production tools for signs, banners, vehicle wraps, custom apparel, packaging prototypes, labels, decals and POP displays. Based on the latest Adobe CPSI 3019 engine, VersaWorks® 4.8 RIP software works seamlessly with all Roland inkjets and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems. VersaWorks® supports a total of 13 languages including English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and also now includes Russian, Turkish and Arabic with version 4.8.
In addition to shipping with all new models, VersaWorks® 4.8 is available to existing Roland inkjet customers free of charge through an Internet connection using the Roland@NET service.
Other valuable VersaWorks® features include a range of print options that allow users to meet the demands of each job. Users can choose from high-speed mode for production banner printing, the MAX Impact preset for vivid outdoor graphics and Artistic mode for exceptional indoor graphics. VersaWorks® also features variable data printing, supports up to four Roland devices simultaneously, and offers support for Roland’s GX series cutters. Embedded ICC profile support, ink level adjustment tools, soft proofing capabilities, and advanced cropping, tiling and nesting options are available as well. For flawless unattended printing, a predictive ink calculator allows users to estimate the amount of ink needed for each job.
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14-Nov-2012 Roland Users Claim Multiple PICA's
Proud Roland users Prints Alive and Mercury Creative, take out several awards at the recent NSW and SA 2012 PICA events.
Sydney, Australia, November 15, 2012 - Leading wide format manufacturer Roland DG Australia is proud to announce a number of awards won by Roland Users at the 2012 PICA (Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards) events.
The Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards, known as PICA, celebrate excellence in the print, packaging, and visual communication industry, and recognise the special efforts of printers by awarding their best work. Gold award winners go on to the annual National Print Awards.
Prints Alive from South Australia, were rewarded with a Gold in Wide Format Printing, for an impressive pull up banner produced on their Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 printer cutter.
One thing that sets Prints Alive apart from its competitors is that it custom profiles all medias. "We pride ourselves on exacting colour - it is an ethic that our customers appreciate," Managing Director, Warren Darker commented. "When the time came for our small two-person business to expand its offering into outdoor signage, the Roland VS-640 was the pick of printers.''
After carefully profiling the HVG media the Roland VS-640 was able to produce an accurate and impressive result for the winning banner. "There were a lot of grey tones within the image around the metallic parts of the car, as well as a background which needed to be free of colour casts and show off the beautiful sharpness and contrast of the image,'' said Warren.
Warren continued, "We were so pleased with the result, so we entered the banner into the PICA awards for South Australia and came up trumps!"
Another winner, this time at the NSW PICA event, was Mercury Creative, an independent, integrated print and design company located in Pymble, NSW. Mercury Creative took out a number of awards on the night including Gold and Silver in the Wide Format category, and Bronze in both the Multiple Piece category and Small Business category.
"For a small business we had huge success," said Sam Lane, Print Director at Mercury Creative. "Obviously a large part of this is due to the machinery used to print our winning entries."
Both Gold and Silver awards were printed on their Roland XJ-640 wide format printer and the Bronze awards utilised a number of Roland devices including their new VS-640 printer cutter.
"In short, we wanted to thank Roland DG for providing such awesome machines," said Sam.
Roland DG Sales Director John Wall, commended the winners, "Congratulations to Prints Alive, Mercury Creative and all other PICA winners. It is great to see the industry rewarding high quality work and we are proud to see that Roland devices are enabling users to achieve outstanding results."
Prints Alive and Mercury Creative will now go on to the National Print Awards to be held in 2013.
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12-Nov-2012 Roland DG Receive Viscom Best of 2012 Award
Roland DG win a Viscom Best of 2012 Award in the Signmaking category for the SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter.
Sydney, Australia, 12 November, 2012 - The Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640, launched in September 2012, has already received a prestigious award from the Viscom organisation. The prize, which was awarded at Viscom Frankfurt in November, acknowledges the most innovative new product and exhibitors.
Among the many features, the versatile print and cut functionality of the PRO4 was a key factor in the jury's decision, as it appeals to professional signmakers and enables their creative work. The diverse range of applications possible with the XR-640, including stickers, window decorations, banners, posters, textiles, vehicle-wrapping or canvas, was also an important consideration. The jury gave special praise for the choice of seven or eight colours including CMYKLcLm, Light black, white or metallic inks. The PRO4 really set itself apart for the jury with the high quality and absolute precision of the prints it produces.
Eli Keersmaekers, CEO of Roland DG Benelux, responded to the award by saying, "The XR-640 is our new flagship product and we have high expectations for it. The jury recognised that the XR-640 is the ideal unit for signmakers, thanks to its great versatility and excellent quality. We are therefore also proud that we can add this Award to our records."
Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640
The 64-inch XR-640 combines accelerated print speeds with Roland's renowned integrated print/cut technology, an innovative new print head design, both seven and eight-colour configurations, and new ECO-SOL MAX2™ inks in nine colours: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK), plus light cyan (Lc), light magenta (Lm), white (Wh), metallic silver (Mt) and new light black (Lk).
The XR-640 is designed for volume production while allowing the professionals in sign graphics market to express their creativity with high-end effects and finishes as well as to create the profitable new applications and markets.
BEST of 2012 Award and Viscom Frankfurt
Viscom is the largest trade show in Europe for signmaking industry, taking place biannually, switching between Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. Since it was founded in 1986, Viscom has become the leading trade show for visual communication. The Viscom Awards honour the innovative achievements of the Viscom exhibitors. There are five categories for the awards: Signmaking, Large-format printing/LFP, Light advertising, Textile refinement and Software. The jury consisted of the editors-in-chief of various trade magazines, representatives of trade organizations and members of the exhibition organisation.
16-Oct-2012 Update for the VersaUV LEF-12
Efficiency Update for the VersaUV LEF-12 Desktop UV-LED Printer
Roland DG announce an update for the VersaUV LEF-12 making it even easier to use with vastly improved workflows and efficiencies.
Sydney, Australia, October 15, 2012 - Roland DG Corporation, a worldwide leader in wide-format UV-LED inkjet technologies, has announced an update of the VersaUV LEF-12 UV-LED inkjet printer with the addition of several functions to vastly improve workflows to achieve greater efficiency.
The VersaUV LEF-12 flatbed UV-LED inkjet printer allows users to directly print a wide variety of solid materials on demand. Since its launch in June 2011, the LEF-12 has come to be widely used around the world, particularly for personalisation of gifts and goods with printed photos and original designs applied to smart phone cases, promotional items and more. The machine has also been praised as a business tool promoting access to new business as users can produce value-added results on demand.
Roland DG has now released three functional enhancements to the VersaUV LEF-12 in order to enable improve efficiency and greater productivity:
- Setup Procedure - the procedure before printing has been drastically simplified for functions such as height settings, making setup possible in as little as a quarter of the time, enabling reduction of total work time.
- Consecutive Output - A new function has been adopted to enable consecutive output of printing jobs. When multi-layer printing is required, such as applying gloss finishes after white printing, this can also be performed automatically and efficiently.
- Print Head Movement - By limiting print head movement to the printing area, printing work can now be carried out with greater efficiency. This makes it possible to print in a shorter time, especially when printing small areas.
Download the PDF overview of the upgrades: LEF-12 Firmware Ver.1.80 Introduction
Roland DG are providing a free upgrade for current users of the VersaUV LEF-12. To download the free upgrade, please click here to visit the support page on the Roland website, or contact Roland DG for more information.
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12-Sep-2012 Introducing the new SOLJET PRO4 XR-640
Roland DG Introduces Larger, Faster SOLJET PRO4 Printer/Cutter, Featuring Advanced Eight-Channel Dual Print Heads and New ECO-SOL MAX 2™ Inks
64-Inch SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 Combines High-Speed Performance, Exceptional Image Quality, Integrated Contour Cutting and Specialty Inks, Including New Light Black
Sydney, Australia, September 12, 2012 - Roland DG Corp., the leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional durable graphics, today announced the release of the SOLJET PRO4 XR-640, the industry's most advanced printer/cutter to date.
At 64 inches wide (1625mm), the SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 combines accelerated print speeds with Roland's renowned integrated print/cut technology, an innovative new dual print head design, both seven- and eight-colour configurations, and new ECO-SOL MAX2™ inkset with nine colours: cyan, magenta, yellow, black (CMYK), plus light cyan (Lc), light magenta (Lm), white (Wh), metallic silver (Mt) and a new light black (Lk).
"As the industry's most powerful and versatile printer/cutter, the XR-640 is designed for volume production while allowing professionals to express their creativity with high-end effects and finishes," said John Wall, Sales Director, Roland DG Australia. "The XR-640's new high-density inks include white, metallic silver and new light black, providing an expanded colour palette that opens up a range of profitable new applications and markets."
The XR-640 is purpose built for production printing with a dual inline print head configuration that yields outstanding image quality at speeds up to 49.1 m2/h. The XR-640 fires droplets of seven different sizes for exceptionally smooth gradations and flawless solid colours. The integrated contour cutting produces graphics of any shape in one seamless workflow and also offers perforations or creasing. Backed by a comprehensive five year "Heads 'n All" warranty and a range of premium after sales solutions through Roland DG Care, the XR-640 is the complete print solution.
The PRO4 XR-640 features ECO-SOL MAX2™, a new generation of Roland's award-winning eco-solvent ink, in four configurations: CMYKLcLmWhMt, CMYKLcLmLkWh, CMYKLcLmLkMt and CMYKLcLmLk. The nickel free ECO-SOL MAX2™ dries fast and offers outstanding long-term outdoor durability, scratch and chemical resistance, broad media support and a wide gamut. Fully optimised for the XR-640's new print head design, ECO-SOL MAX2™ is ideal for popular applications, including banners, signage, POP, posters, decals, labels, vehicle graphics, interior and architectural decoration, soft signage, backlit displays, package prototypes and photographic reproductions.
ECO-SOL MAX2™ adds value and impact to graphics with three specialty inks. New light black ink ensures a neutral gray for smooth gray scale gradations, natural skin tones and precise photographic images. An improved and reformulated white ink offers even greater opacity for exceptionally bright white text, graphics and floods. Metallic silver, also improved for brighter colour, can be printed as a pure spot colour or combined with CMYK to create hundreds of shimmering metallic colours and effects.
"We are very excited about the release of this sixth generation Roland print solution" said Mr. Wall. "The PRO4 provides exceptional value to any print business looking for a serious workhorse that can deliver virtually any application.
To celebrate the launch of the new Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640, Roland DG Australia is giving away a Ford XR6 Ute or Sedan to one lucky XR-640 owner^. Anyone can go into the draw to win by simply purchasing a Roland XR-640 between 12 September, 2012 and the close of PacPrint next year (Friday 7 June, 2013).
SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 Features:
- The industry's most advanced print head technology for stable production, outstanding image quality and high productivity
- Innovative new dual print head design fires droplets of seven different sizes, with settings that can be adjusted for specific media and print resolutions.
- Ink configurations are mirrored through seven colours to ensure consistent imaging throughout bi-directional printing.
- Real production speeds of 21.6m2/h and greater for both banner and vinyl media in high-speed print modes.
- Roland Intelligent Pass Control® precisely controls dot placement between passes for high quality images that are virtually free of banding.
- Roland Ink Recirculation System (ICS) to reduce maintenance costs of specialist inks dramatically and maintain a low Total Cost of Ownership.
- New ECO-SOL MAX 2™ ink
- Highly durable, scratch resistant and virtually odorless
- Support for a wide range of coated and uncoated media
- Fast, consistent drying across images for even colours and sharp images and text
- Environmentally friendly with no nickel compounds
- The latest print control technology
- Maximises the performance of new dual print heads and ECO-SOL MAX 2™ ink
- Delivers high-density coverage for vibrant, expressive colours - even at high speeds
- New ECO-SOL MAX 2™ light black(Lk) ink
- Achieves accurate gray colour reproduction and seamless gradations
- Enhances the quality of subtle colours and skin tones which contain neutral colours
- New white and metallic silver inks*
- Higher-density White ECO-SOL MAX 2™ ink expedites production while delivering brighter, more opaque white text and graphics
- Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX 2™ pigments are more reflective for maximum brightness
- Roland Print & Cut technology for versatility
- Prints and automatically contour cuts graphics to any shape, including support for perforated cutting and creasing.
- Ideal for custom applications such as POP, floor signage, stickers, vehicle decals or apparel heat transfers
- New version of Roland VersaWorks® Server Edition RIP
- Features built-in PANTONE® + solid coated/uncoated and PANTONE® Goe™ coated/uncoated colour libraries to streamline the conversion process from PANTONE® to CMYK colours *
- Predictive ink calculator estimates the amount of ink needed for each job for flawless unattended printing
- Spot colour replacement feature
- Roland OnSupport sends you a text or email message when a print job is completed or ink is running low and other supporting features.
- Environmental Credentials
- Conforms to Roland DG's ECO range of recycling standards
- Energy Star power certification
- Nickel free ECO-SOL MAX 2™ inks
- Ink recycling programme for the new ECO-SOL MAX 2™ ink
Visit www.rolanddg.com.au/pro4 for more information.
^ Terms & conditions apply. Visit the website for more information. ACT TP 12/03020; NSW Permit Number LTPS/12/0661; SA T12/1512; VIC Permit No. 12/2050.
* Features scheduled for release in November 2012.
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22-Aug-2012 Roland DG Head South for Regional Road Shows
After four successful events in Northern NSW last week, Roland DG is heading to Victoria and South Australia for the next stage of the Regional Road shows.
Sydney, Australia, August 21, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters and 3D milling and engraving solutions, is this week, embarking on the second stage of their Regional Road show campaign, bringing the latest products and solutions, a wide range of application samples, as well as free technical advice through RolandClinic.
Travelling hundreds of kilometres through Northern NSW last week, the Roland DG road show visited Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Tamworth.
Starting at Albury on 22nd August through to the 6th September, stages two and three of the Regional road show will also cover Shepparton, Warrnambool, Mount Gambier and Mildura. If you wish to get a look at the some of the latest technology, get inspiration from amazing samples or ask questions and get free tech advice, then be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
A full list of dates and venues for the first leg of Road Shows can be found at www.rolanddg.com.au/roadshows. RSVP online for your chance to win a V-CUT 44" Print Trimmer or other prizes.
In coming months, Roland DG will also be covering areas such as Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo, as well as the Canberra/Goulburn region, with even more regions to be covered in the future - if you are in Regional Australia and would like to suggest a Roland Road Show visit, please contact us.
For further information contact Roland DG on 02 9975 0000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
22-May-2012 Striking New Look for Roland DG Service Vehicles
Sydney, Australia, May 22, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading supplier of solutions to the Sign, Display and Graphics Arts industry, recently unveiled their new look vehicles for their NSW and Victorian Service Technicians. The vehicles have been updated with a vibrant new design to represent the Roland DG Care branding and to particularly demonstrate the application of the award winning ESL3-MT Eco Solvent Metallic ink.
The designs were printed with the versatile Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 printer/cutter, using the 3M IJ-180CV3 media. The metallic ink combined with the 3M 8518 gloss laminate made for spectacular results which are sure to turn heads as the vehicles are out on the open road.
"As the brand we aim to inspire our users to try and to achieve new applications," said John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG Australia. "With so many Roland users specialising in this area, there is a lot of pressure to do it well and create something inspiring. If nothing else, the new wraps demonstrate the striking metallic effects that can be achieved with metallic ink, and we hope to inspire our customers to find similar success in creating new opportunities with the metallic solutions".
The world's first metallic eco-solvent ink was released in late 2009 for the SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT printer/cutter. After winning a prestigious DPI award for Best Ink in 2009, Roland DG also released the revolutionary new VersaCAMM VS Series in 2010 with the metallic ink option. The VS Series with the famous Roland print & cut functionality, metallic ink and now available with a double white ink option, is fast becoming a very popular machine for sign writers, particularly with those who specialise in vehicle wrapping.
Clayton Ockerby and his experienced team at Pivot Creative made easy work of the wraps, and were impressed with the vibrant colours and application of the metallic ink. "We produce & install dozens of vehicle wraps a month, so we see plenty of different designs and applications" said Clayton. "We really liked the vibrant blue in these new Roland wraps, and the application of the metallic ink was quite impressive. Our Roland XC-540 has never let us down, but seeing this impressive metallic application definitely challenges me to think about an upgrade to the XC-540MT metallic option."
The recently expanded Roland DG service fleet is an integral part of the Roland DG Care customer support programme. Roland DG Service Engineers travel thousands of kilometres each week to visit customers, provide technical advice and perform regular maintenance as part of the Roland DG extended warranty programme. Keep an eye out for the new look Roland service vehicles at your next service, driving around Sydney or Melbourne, or visit one of the Roland DG Creative Centres to view the vehicles and a vast range of other unique applications produced by Roland DG.
To see more photos of the new Roland wraps visit the Roland DG Flickr gallery.
25-Apr-2012 New Appointment to Strengthen Roland DG Care
Sydney, Australia, April 23, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters and 3D milling and engraving solutions, today announced the appointment of a new National Service Manager, Solomon Ferreira.
Roland DG welcomes Solomon back to the Roland DG family, having worked previously at Roland DG New Zealand as Business Development Manager for 3D and Education. Staying close to the Roland brand since then, Solomon has most recently worked at Roland DG's New Zealand partner, Aarque Graphics in the role of National Service Delivery Manager, overseeing Aarque's extensive national service network. Solomon brings to this new role over 20 years of experience in technical services, training, education and development with various companies around the world."Solomon is a welcome and valuable addition to the Roland team," says Roland DG Sales Director, John Wall. "Solomon brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to the Service Manager position that will be invaluable to develop and extend the Roland DG Care program into the future."
Having now moved to Sydney, Solomon will be working with the team to improve operational efficiencies in order to take the Roland DG Care program to the next level and deliver superior customer service and technical support to the market.
"Our comprehensive service and support programme, Roland DG Care, is something that sets Roland DG products apart," says Wall. "We know the value of getting it right, and the cost of getting it wrong. So we are working hard to make sure our Roland DG Care programme is rigid, effective, and reliable and sets a new high standard in the industry for service and support."
For more information Roland DG Care visit www.rolanddgcare.com.au .
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23-Apr-2012 Introducing The New Roland VersaART Range
Sydney, Australia, April 23, 2012 - Roland DG Corp., a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, has introduced two new VersaART 64-inch (1625mm) inkjet printers: the RE-640 eco-solvent model for worldwide distribution, and the RA-640* aqueous model for distribution in China and Korea where large format aqueous inkjets are widely used.
"The new VersaART printer line was designed to meet the demands of today's global marketplace by providing high-speed printing and impressive colour reproduction at an affordable price point," said Conrad Birkett, Roland DG business development manager. "Sign shops and print providers across western countries will appreciate the performance features, versatility and outstanding overall value offered by our eco-solvent RE-640. The RA-640 addresses the demands of emerging markets by combining our most advanced technologies into an aqueous inkjet platform, widely used in these countries."
The new VersaART RE-640 (front) and RA-640 (rear)
Engineered for long, unattended production runs, the new VersaART line features Roland's latest print head technology for outstanding image quality. The VersaART's unique eight-channel print head accurately reproduces the finest details while delivering vibrant high-density colours for flawless photographic reproductions, smooth gradations and superb contrast. A mirrored dual CMYK ink configuration (CMYKKYMC) produces unrivaled colour consistency, even in the fastest print modes - 33m2/h for the RA-640 and 23.1 m2/h for the RE-640. In fact, with the new VersaArt series, the image quality achieved in high-speed mode equals that of the previous model's standard mode. As a result, high-quality prints can be produced much faster.
VersaART RE-640/RA-640 Features:
- 64-inch (1625mm) wide-format inkjet printer line, available in two models:
- RE-640, featuring ECO-SOL MAX ink
- RA-640*, equipped with aqueous ink
- Four colours (dual CMYK) offered in both models
- The industry's most advanced print head technology for exceptional print quality
- Variable droplet control produces droplets in seven different sizes to accurately reproduce every detail
- Mirrored eight-channel ink configuration ensures colour consistency at all print speeds
- Roland Intelligent Pass Control virtually eliminates banding
- Maximum print speeds
- 23.1m2/hr. for the RE-640
- 33m2/hr. for the RA-640
- Easy maintenance and low running costs
- Automated cleaning function preserves the print head while minimizing ink consumption
- A dual-wiping system effectively removes dust and debris from the print head to reduce maintenance requirements
- Powerful, easy-to-use Roland VersaWorks® RIP software
- Media profiles that automatically adjust the colour, amount of ink and other factors critical to print quality
- Easy-to-use interface for quality results from the very first print
- Energy Star and Roland ECO label certified for environmentally-friendly operation and long-term performance
- Unmatched service and support with Roland DG Care, Academy and Creative Center
Service and Support Resources
For added value, Roland products are backed by Roland DG Care, providing reliable, world-class service and support for all Roland products over their lifespan. Roland DG Academy teaches everything from printer basics to advanced production techniques, applications and more. The Roland DG Creative Center is an extensive online gallery of real-world applications and a great source of inspiration for new creative ideas.
* The RA-640 model is currently not available in the Australian/NewZealand market.
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26-Mar-2012 Specialised White Ink Configuration
Introducing Specialised White Ink Configuration for Roland VersaSTUDIO BN-20 and VersaCAMM VS Series
Sydney, Australia, March 27, 2012 - Roland DG Australia, a leading worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, today announced that the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 and VersaCAMM VS Series eco-solvent metallic inkjet printer/cutters, now offer a specialsed new ink configuration for white-colour printing applications. This new configuration is available in 5 colours for the BN-20 - cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white; and 7 colours for the VS-Series - cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan light magenta and double white. Users can choose the ink configuration that best suits their business needs at the time of purchasing.
"Currently white colour printing is available for screen printing and gravure printing," said Conrad Birkett, Business Development Manager Roland DG Australia. "However, the high costs involved in plate making and paper use with these traditional methods means that small lot printing becomes unprofitable. Moreover, these traditional methods can take several days just to deliver a few pieces of print. With the new white-colour configuration, Roland's BN-20 and VS Series are an ideal solution for small printing businesses, design offices and medium-sized screen printers to increase productivity, add value to their offering and cover a wider-variety of their customer's needs."
In today's market, the life cycle of a product is getting shorter, and as a result visual communication tools are becoming more significant to enhance retail promotions and drive sales. With innovative solutions such as the new white ink configuration, Roland DG aims to provide printing businesses with the tools to meet the growing demand from brand owners, retail outlets and design houses for small lot and specialsed printing.
VersaSTUDIO BN-20 - Compact and Low Running Cost
The BN-20 is a 20" (515mm) wide compact desktop ECO-Solvent inkjet printer/cutter. The BN-20 allows you to print small lot graphics on a wide variety of media including transparent film. You can also easily produce prototypes of soft packaging, bottle packaging design and labels right from your desktop. The BN-20 will allow you to save production costs and time with the unique Roland Print&Cut workflow that prints and contour cuts graphics of virtually any shape. In addition, by using transparent film users can achieve a luxurious feel where it appears as if there is no label at all, which is useful for beauty products, and various packaging applications.
VersaCAMM VS Series - High Opacity, High Speed and Quick Dry
The VS Series Eco-Solvent inkjet printer/cutters are available in 4 different widths: 30" (762mm), 42" (1071mm), 54" (1370mm) and 64" (1625mm). Using transparent film and the new white ink configuration with high-opacity white, the VS Series can produce a wide variety of high-quality applications such as small lot packaging prototypes, window displays, or labels and decals. The new white ink configuration increases speed by 200% for standard white colour printing compared to the previous Roland configurations. Furthermore, white colour printing is twice the speed for the double white setup compared with the previous Roland configuration for high productivity. The combination of a dedicated dryer and blower fitted on the VS-series device vastly increases productivity, and assures efficient drying of the white ink even in high opacity mode.
TIFF Merge Function Assures High Quality Printing of Process-Colour and White Colour
For precision printing, "TIFF Merge" function has been added to both the BN-20 and the VS-Series. The TIFF Merge function sends and prints a process-colour data file and a white-colour data file at the same time, preventing any gap between the two files, which can occur when the two files are sent to the printer and printed separately.
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Sydney, Australia, March 1, 2012 - Leading wide-format print, 3D milling and engraving solution providers Roland DG Australia have recently launched a new Authorised Dealer Logo. The new logo brings a fresh creative look, which ties into the companies 'Imagine' branding.
Originally launched in 2006, the Authorised Dealer Programme is now well recognised in the industry as a way of distinguishing a company that has the backing of the manufacturer, and who offer an unparalleled high level of support and service across the Roland DG product range.
The distinctive new look logo represents a new phase in Roland DG's partner relationships, and aims to reinforce the quality and value of its current dealer channel. John Wall, Roland DG Australia Sales Director commented, "Roland Authorised Dealers invest a great deal of time and money to be the best suppliers within the industry and in supporting the Roland DG brand. By purchasing machines and supplies from a Roland Authorised Dealer, the customer can feel at ease knowing not only that they are purchasing genuine Roland products, but are also backed by a comprehensive warranty and after sales care all part of the Roland DG Care programme."
For more information, or to locate an Authorised Roland Dealer visit www.rolanddg.com.au/dealers or call 02 9975 0000.
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22-Feb-2012 Introducing the Roland DG Australia Online Store
Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2012 – Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide format print solutions, 3D milling and engraving technologies, today announced the launch of the Roland DG Australia Online Store. To support the recently launched iCreate website for the Roland iModela, the Roland DG Australia Store offers secure online purchasing for the iModela, iModela accessories, and also a range of Pantone and SAi software products.
iModela and iCreate
Incorporating 25 years of Roland's proven 3D milling technology, the iModela is an inexpensive, easy-to-use desktop device that mills wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and hobby projects. To help iModela artists further their creative goals, Roland DG has setup a dedicated website, www.icreate.rolanddg.com.
In addition to complete information on the iModela, the site provides a platform for users to collaborate and get inspiration from around the globe. Users can gain design ideas, production workflows and maintenance tips, and also download free project samples for production on the iModela. Driven heavily through social media, iModela users can share projects and techniques with each other on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Pantone and Flexi Products
As an official distributor of Pantone products and SAi software, Flexi and PhotoPrint, Roland DG Australia is now offering a range of these products available for purchase online.
“With the release of the low cost iModela, we needed a solution to deliver this product effectively to market,” said John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG Australia. “Ecommerce was the natural solution and the online store now makes it easier than ever to purchase Pantone, Flexi and PhotoPrint products online.”
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Sydney, Australia, February 15, 2012 – Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide format print solutions, 3D milling and engraving technologies, have announced the regional winners of the Roland Creative Awards.
Beginning in September 2011, the global competition attracted more than 1000 entries worldwide, and over 100 entries in the South Pacific region. Showcasing their best work produced on a Roland device, entrants were competing for prizes including iPad’s, a trip to Japan and the worldwide grand prize of Roland device of their choice.
Regional winners were chosen by an experienced judging panel made up of VISA President, Mark Tailby, ASGA President, David Hay, Roland DG Managing Director, Marc Margetts, Roland DG Sales Director, John Wall, and Roland DG Business Development Manager, Conrad Birkett. Each entry was judged based on three specific criteria - Creativity, Innovation and Execution.
“The quality of entries was generally very high, and I was impressed with what can be achieved with Roland devices,” said David Hay. “Everyone knows you can print a fantastic vehicle wrap with a Roland, but there were some other very unique and specialised applications that I never imagined would be produced on a Roland.”
The South Pacific regional winners are:
- Regional Winner (1st place): Whites Law Bindery - Mahogany Room Menu Folder’
- Honourable Mention (2nd place): Signs QLD – ‘Shane's Autoglass VW Transporter’
- Honourable Mention (3rd place): Signrite – ‘Holyoake Captiva’
Marc Margetts commented “Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their creative work with the world. Congratulations to Whites Law Bindery for their amazing ‘Mahogany Room Menu Folder’ that was executed perfectly and clearly demonstrates how Roland technology can work together to produce innovative and creative works”.
Whites Law Bindery have won a trip to Japan to compete against regional winners from across the globe for the worldwide grand prize – announced on the 17th April 2012.
To view the winning entries and over 1000 more creative works from around the globe visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com.
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14-Feb-2012 Roland DG Intruduces the METAZA MPX-90M
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 - Roland DG Corp., a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling, engraving and direct part marking technologies, today introduced the new METAZA MPX-90M, a desktop impact printer designed to permanently mark UDI (Unique Device Identification) barcodes on medical instruments for tracking and traceability. Incorporating 30 years of Roland's proven technology, the MPX-90M quickly creates two-dimensional (2D) DataMatrix barcodes that meet GS1*1 standards, and imprints them on the surface of medical instruments with high speed and precision. MPX-90M barcodes can be read with commercially available barcode scanners*2 to trace and track the usage of medical instruments throughout their lifecycle.
"To protect the safety of patients, medical professionals need a reliable way to trace and track the usage of instruments such as scalpels, tweezers and forceps," said Matthew Landrigan, Roland DG 3D product manager. "The new MPX-90M has been exclusively designed for this application, marking tools and devices with lasting barcodes, serial numbers and other information. Among the industry's most precise direct part marking tools, the MPX-90M creates 2D DataMatrix barcodes as small as one square millimeter."
The MPX-90M imprints data on a wide variety of materials*3 without generating any odor or debris. Because it does not burn or remove materials, marked surfaces remain protected from corrosion. With the MPX-90M, no special training is required. The included vise makes it easy to secure an item and a built-in laser pointer pinpoints the exact area to be marked. Its compact footprint and energy efficiency make the MPX-90M ideal for small office settings, as well as medical-instrument manufacturers and suppliers.
METAZA MPX-90M Features
- Durable diamond-tipped stylus directly imprints on titanium, stainless steel and other hard metals*3
- Quickly imprints 26 digits of information inside an area as small as one square millimeter
- Clean, high-speed precision marking does not burn or remove material on impact
- Operation is free of odors and debris
- Marked area will not rust
- Includes GS1 standard 2D DataMatrix barcode software
- Imports CSV spreadsheet files for variable data printing which allows for serialisation of barcodes
- Imprints logos, text and graphics in jpg or bmp file formats to incorporate branding elements and other customised data
- Easy to setup and use with the included vise and built-in laser pointer and no special training or daily maintenance required
- Compact footprint and energy efficient design make it ideal for small office settings, as well as medical instrument manufacturers and suppliers
- The built-in laser pointer is safe to use, with a fully enclosed, class 1 laser
Included METAZAStudio Software Generates UDI Numbers
The MPX-90M comes with METAZAStudio software, which includes a 2D DataMatrix barcode feature. To create a unique barcode, simply select the barcode icon from the software's main screen and enter the appropriate UDI numbers. The software does the rest, creating a 2D DataMatrix barcode that can be output on the MPX-90M. METAZAStudio also imports CSV files for variable data printing to add 2D DataMatrix barcodes with a series of numbers and text. METAZAStudio also imprints logos and graphics in jpg, bmp or Adobe Illustrator 8 (ai/eps) file formats to incorporate branding elements.
For more information download the MPX-90M Brochure, or contact Roland DG today on 1800 500 119 / email email@example.com.
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*1 GS1 is an international not-for-profit association with member organizations in over 100 countries, dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards to improve the efficiency and visibility globally and across sectors.
*2 Computer and barcode scanner required for a complete UDI system.
*3 Vickers hardness (HV) of the surface to be imprinted must not exceed 200.
08-Feb-2012 Roland DG Announce 2012 Training Dates
Developed and fine-tuned by experienced Roland DG product specialists, these full day courses provide detailed lessons on how to use both the standard and advanced features of VersaWorks™. Elements covered include:
- Colour management
- Advanced media & production tips
- Managing and tweaking profiles
- Workflow Automation
- New features in the latest version of VersaWorks™
- Important maintenance that will help extend the life of your Roland printer.
The Academy courses offer an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge with the most up to date skills, improve business productivity and commercial performance, or cater for new staff as they enter your organisation. The training sessions also benefit prospective clients who attend training sessions, enabling them to see how easy it is to use solutions and hear real-world feedback from other students.
The courses are on offer throughout Australia and will commence in Sydney and Melbourne as below with dates for Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to be announced shortly. Don't miss out, register today and mark these dates in your calendar:
- 29th March - Sydney
- 17th May - Melbourne
- 12th July - Sydney
- 30th August - Melbourne
- 4th October - Sydney
- 22nd November - Melbourne
To register, or for more information on Roland DG Academy visit www.rolanddg.com.au/academy or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.
In addition to Roland Academy training courses, Roland DG has been running Roland Clinic days at their Sydney office since 2008.
Roland DG is excited to announce that these Clinics will now also be held in Melbourne every Friday commencing 17th February 2012 - bookings are essential. Product Specialists will be on hand to assist with any specific issues that customers may be facing in their day to day work.
There is no charge to attend the clinics, and they are open to the public with non-Roland users also welcome to attend. Materials, tooling and files are encouraged to be brought along.
To register for Roland Clinic visit www.rolanddgcare.com.au/rolandclinic or call Roland DG on 02 9975 0000 for further information.**ENDS**
23-Jan-2012 Roland DG and TeamVodafone Continue Partnership
Roland DG Continues to Power V8 Supercar Champions Print Requirements
Sydney, Australia, 18 January 2012 - Leading wide format manufacturer Roland DG Australia and 2011 V8 Supercar champions TeamVodafone, will continue their successful partnership into 2012.
Coming off a highly successful 2011, which saw Jamie Whincup take out the V8 Supercar Championship title ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes, TeamVodafone are preparing for another big year in 2012, and will once again rely on Roland equipment to power all their printing requirements. The new Holden Commodore's, the re-designed transporter, the pit walls and other equipment will all be produced by the innovative Roland XC-540MT printer/cutter with metallic ink technology, and finished with the Roland VersaLAM laminator and VersaCUT print trimmers.
TeamVodafone Commercial Operations Manager Peter Jamieson commented, "We had a very successful 2011 both on and off the track, highlighted by the fact that we also won the 'Best Presented Team' which we have to thank the Roland equipment as it played a big part, by reliably producing exceptional results for all our in-house graphic needs.
Since receiving the Roland equipment, we have been constantly impressed with its capabilities and are looking forward to extending the car livery boundaries into the future. Our aim is to remain at the forefront of the Championship, and the XC-540MT gives us the ability to consistently deliver quality prints, meaning our cars will continue to look fantastic, allowing us to focus on winning races!"
"Congratulations to Jamie, Craig and the whole team on the 2011 Championship!" said John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG. "TeamVodafone had an amazing year in 2011 and Roland DG was proud to be associated with such a professional and successful organisation"
With planning for 2012 well underway, and the Clipsal 500 not far off, TeamVodafone will once again be working with Roland DG to get the best results from their printing. "We look forward to working together with TeamVodafone again in 2012 to achieve the same success as 2011" said John.
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18-Jan-2012 FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT v10.5 RELEASED
SAi Implements its PDF RIP Engine - FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT : v10.5 RELEASED
Sydney, Australia, 18 January 2012 - Roland DG Australia, an official reseller for SA International (SAi), the leading provider of Solutions for the Professional Sign Making, Large Format Digital Printing and CAD/CAM for CNC Machining Industries, are pleased to announce that we have released FlexiSIGN v10.5 and PhotoPRINT v10.5 for Windows. The new installers can be downloaded from www.SAintl.biz/pdf, type in your keynumber and the 4 first digits of your passwords and you will immediately receive your 10.5 password by return and a download link to 10.5. ICC profiles created in 6.1v2 and above versions do not have to be recreated in the new v10.5. ICC profiles can be downloaded separately from www.photoprint10.com and www.flexisign10.com .
Highlights for this release are:
- PDF RIP engine. This next generation raster image processing technology highly improves rendering of transparencies and allows to choose the page bounding box for PDF files
- Repeat Job has been added to PhotoPRINT SE
- Added Pantone Plus libraries
- Added font size selection for barcode 128
- Improved the nesting algorithm in Flexi to further optimize media usage
- New Added Drivers for the Roland: VersaUV LEC-12 and VersaStudio BN-20.
Customers with Flexi 10 (with RIP) or PhotoPRINT 10 software will need a new password to run the free 10.5 update. To make this process as seamless as possible, SAi will make the new passwords available on a special site.Visit www.SAintl.biz/pdf to obtain your 10.5 password and a direct link to the 10.5 installer. Please note that no updater is available for existing 10.0.1/10.0.2/10.0.3 and 10.0.4 installations, a new 10.5 install is required. This link can also be used to obtain your new 10.5 NFR-password.
Previous versions - which included the Adobe CPSI RIP engine - will no longer be commercially available : this applies specifically for all pre-10.5 printing products (including V8.x/V6.x and older) on Win-PC and OSX-Mac, including upgrades to, new licenses and site licenses.
Exception to the above applies for exchanges for broken keys and the extension of existing NFR dealer-licenses.
For more information or should you have any further questions please contact Roland DG today.
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30-Nov-2011 New Version of FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT
New Versions of FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT Plus December Special Offers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 30, 2011 - As an official Australian Partner, Roland DG Australia announced that SAi have released FlexiSIGN v10.0.4 and PhotoPRINT v10.0.4 for Windows. The updaters for existing 10.x installations and the new installers can be downloaded from www.PhotoPRINT10.com or www.FlexiSIGN10.com.Highlights for this release are:
- Barcode 128 support
- Alternate colorspace for spotcolors on export
- Improved Send to VersaWorks
- Roland Metallic Ink Workflow for VersaWorks
Please note to some drivers & features require an additional optional password for the Flexi or PhotoPRINT license, Contact Roland DG for information on how to obtain the optional password(s). Below is a link to both the updater and complete installer :
Installer : 10.0.4 Installer
Updater : 10.0.4 Update
FlexiSIGN and PhotoPRINT CELEBRATE the Release of Version 10.0.4 with DECEMBER PROMOTIONS
During December 2011 existing users of FlexiSIGN or PhotoPRINT are invited to add the following options to their license with 50% discount:
Tiling & Nesting to any PhotoPrint SE : $490 now $245
Tiling Separately to any PhotoPrint SE : $290 now $145
Nesting Separately to any PhotoPrint DX or SE : $290 now $145
ColorProfiler to any RIP product : $790 now $395
PlusPRINT RIP add on for Flexi (Sign or Expert) : $790 now $395
Contact Roland DG Australia on 1800 500 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of these special offers.
12-Oct-2011 Roland DG Appoints Accuweigh as Service Agents
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 12, 2011 - Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters and 3D milling and engraving solutions, today has expanded its service offering by bringing on board Accuweigh as Authorised Service Agents commencing immediately.
Accuweigh’s extensive service network and in-house training programs with a philosophy on a strict code of conduct and professional attitude of going that extra mile for customers has afforded it top ranking in their chosen industry of Australia’s largest weighing, filling, packaging and inspection equipment supplier in Australia. Accuweigh currently have technical personnel in all major centres having access to 60 fully qualified technicians across the country.
The new partnership will initially see Accuweigh servicing Roland DG customers under the direction of Roland DG’s Service team to provide a high standard of service through the Roland DG Care program in South Australia and Western Australia.
Roland DG Sales Director John Wall is excited about the move “We are confident that Accuweigh will be able to provide the high standard of service and support that customers have come to expect from Roland DG and look forward to working closely with them” Says Wall “Their philosophy and technological aptitude fits in perfectly with the Roland DG Care after sales programme. Not to mention the possibilities for future coverage”.
Brenton Cunningham, Managing Director of Accuweigh commented “Accuweigh has long been more than “just a scale company” because the company capabilities includes high level automation, PLC and PC programming, system design and maintenance services. Accuweigh’s National service organsiation has implemented a strategy to utilise its structure with other high level and technical equipment.” Cunningham continued “The opportunity to partner with a world renowned company such as Roland DG fits perfectly, and we are expecting a long and successful relationship by delivering superior and reliable service to our customers.”
For more information about the Roland DG Care program contact Roland DG on 1-800-500-119 or www.rolanddgcare.com.au
Accuweigh is the largest weighing, filling, packaging and inspection equipment supplier in Australia with the ability to supply simple solutions up to complete turnkey systems. Their competitive advantage is that they are prepared to invest back in to their industry and their community. They are one of the very few companies in their industry actively employing and training apprentices and trainees. They have also created an industry-leading training program to develop their staff and make them more effective.
Roland DG Corporation
A worldwide leader in digital technology for the sign and display, graphic arts, photographic reproduction, engraving and 3D modelling industries, Roland DG was formed in 1981 from a small division of world-renowned musical equipment manufacturer, Roland Corporation. Since becoming its own company 30 years ago, Roland DG's vision, precision and commitment to quality have revolutionised the way creative professionals work. From the original CAD plotters and digital vinyl cutters to today's high-performance digital printing and engineering solutions, Roland products have always been at the forefront of technology and innovation.
Anthony McCausland, Marketing Communications, Roland DG Australia
Ph: 02 9975 0000; email: email@example.com.
05-Oct-2011 Roland DG Introduce iModela iM-01
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 5, 2011 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of 3D milling and engraving technologies, today introduced the new iModela iM-01. Incorporating 25 years of Roland's proven 3D milling technology, the iModela is an inexpensive, easy-to-use desktop device that mills wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and hobby projects.
"Digital devices have transformed the way we do so many things, and continue to play an important role in the lives of people everywhere," said John Wall, Roland DG Business Development Manager. "With iModela, artists around the world can bring their most innovative design ideas to life, adding dimension and style to creative projects, whether or not they have any previous experience with 3D technologies. iModela makes it easy to create a physical model from an artist's 3D rendering, using powerful 3D modeling technology to sculpt shapes, drill holes, create reliefs, smooth surfaces and engrave designs. With iModela, 3D modellers and hobbyists can affordably produce even the most complex designs with precision."
iModela Creator Design Software Included
With the iModela Creator design software, iModela is a complete solution for producing a wide range of items, from charms, pendants and key chains to small figurines and accessories for doll houses or model train sets.
iModela Creator allows users to create and mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns with precision right out of the box. Free-hand drawing tools are available so users can sketch out more complex ideas. With iModela Creator, users can either download a file or create original 3D models and designs with their computer. Intuitive menus and icons make design and production easy, even for novice users. Once the milling material is loaded, the iModela produces the design in precise detail.
Roland iModela iM-01 Features:
• Precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of foam, wax, balsa wood and plastic
• iModela Creator, Roland's 3D design software, is included, allowing users to accurately mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns right out of the box
• Affordable, easy-to-use platform for exploring creativity
• Easy to setup and operate, with just a power switch, simple LED display and external control panel for adjusting computer settings
• Compact, desktop device stores in a dedicated carrying case and travels easily
• A specially designed spindle motor*1 unit supports a variety of milling tools*2 commonly available at model shops and do-it-yourself (DIY) retailers
• iModela artists can share projects and learn from others around the world by joining the online community at http://icreate.rolanddg.com*3
Exclusive iModela Online Community
To help iModela artists further their creative goals, iModela has its own dedicated website, http://icreate.rolanddg.com.*3 In addition to complete information on the product, the site discusses design ideas, production workflows and maintenance tips, and also offers free project samples which can be downloaded for production on iModela. Direct links to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter allow iModela users to share projects and techniques with each other. The site also features a wide range of optional materials and supplies as well as the iModela unit.
*1 Spindle motor is compatible with 130 motor for model.
*2 Accommodates both new and used tools (dia. 2.35mm), including router bits.
*3 The online community will open on November 9, 2011.
Previous to this new role, Yoong worked at Anitech for 4 years as BDM of the Consumables Business Division where he set up several product lines. Yoong has also gained vast knowledge and experience through his 11 years as VP of Sales at d.gen, Inc. South Korea, a strong Roland DG partner. Yoong was involved in developing and marketing digital textile solutions for flag and banner applications, as well as various garment applications.
Roland DG Sales Director, John Wall said "With his vast experience in consumables and textiles, Yoong's appointment will help to strengthen the Roland DG team and also help to develop some unique applications based on the Roland product range."
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, September 27, 2011 - Roland DG and Starleaton Digital Solutions have inked a dealership agreement to offer the entire range of Roland DG printers, printer-cutters and cutters to the Australian market, commencing immediately.
"It's a major move for our company," says Director Garry Smith, "the Roland DG range is deep and wide - literally up to 2.6 metres, with around 28 unique hardware products to offer, plus inks and consumables. Roland DG's build and reputation sits well with Starleaton's philosophy and we already supply a lot of media to Roland DG users - it's a great fit in with our hardware range and enables us to offer signage and display total customer-care packages including hardware, RIP, ICC profiling, inks and media. We're very excited about the possibilities."
The acquisition of the Roland DG dealership adds considerable fire-power to Starleaton's existing hardware offerings. It immediately opens up the roll-fed UV sector with both print-only and print and die-cut models for labels and decals. Furthermore, sublimation printers such as the VersaArt and Hi-Fi Express are perfect partners for Starleaton's Neschen textiles and soft signage range. The VersaUV LEJ-640 brings to customers a hybrid 64" UV/LED flatbed printing on composite sheets such as Starleaton's Gatorfoam, Kapa and Forex, for under $80,000.
Roland DG AdvancedJET AJ-1000i and SolJET Pro III series take roll-printing capabilities up to 2.64 metres while the remarkable VersaStudio BN-20 offers a desktop print and cut label printer for under $9,000. Packaging proofing and prototyping is addressed with the VersaUV LEC-330 which features white and clear inks.
John Wall, Sales Director at Roland DG Australia welcomes Starleaton as a dealer; "We are selective who we appoint as dealers and following meetings both here and at overseas events, we are comfortable that Starleaton will be a valued long-term channel partner for Roland DG products. We are delighted to add them to our family of dealers and look forward to working closely with their sales and support teams to address and further the Roland brand into new market segments."
"There is so much more with Roland DG," says Smith, "I believe this agreement has changed Starleaton as a company, we are not just adding another brand to our range; we have extended our services and offerings to customers exponentially."
Starleaton Sales Manager Campbell Hughes adds; "It's a game-changer. With Roland DG, we've just morphed into something a lot bigger, but we'll never lose our family-values and commitment to keep our promises to customers."
09-Sep-2011 Review, Fly & Win with Roland DG at VIIE
Sydney, Australia, September 6, 2011 - Roland DG, a worldwide leader in wide-format inkjet technologies and 3D engraving and milling technologies will be displaying a full range of innovative equipment for the signage, display and graphics industry at the upcoming Visual Impact Image Expo in Melbourne.
On display will be the new VersaSTUDIO BN-20 and VersaUV LEJ-640, which since their release earlier this year, have been in hot demand. "Many sign shops have shown great interest in the LEJ-640 as an alternative to the standard flatbed device," said John Wall, Roland DG Sales Director. "The hybrid LEJ-640 allows roll to roll or rigid substrates up to 13mm thick and also offers amazing special effects that can provide a point of difference for sign writers in today's competitive market."
Roland has also been receiving some good feedback and reviews for the new devices including the VersaSTUDIO BN-20, which is proving popular for smaller signage businesses, startups and custom apparel shops. Standing behind their products, Roland DG believes that people will agree with all the positive feedback they have been getting, and as such are running a unique promotion at this years show - Review, Fly & Win!
Roland DG are asking for a review of these new products, or in fact any Roland product that people have had experience with. "We've had some great feedback on our new machines and we think people will agree with them," said John. "We believe in our products and are keen to find out what people think, whether it's suggestions for further improvements or satisfaction with products, it helps us to know what we've done right and how we can do things better."
As an incentive to participate at the show, Roland are offering a $500 gift voucher, but not for the best comment - "We've come up with a unique idea to gather feedback at the show and also have some fun!" said John "You'll have to come to the show to see how you can win... just check your show bags!" In the meantime, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/features/reviews and leave your feedback.
VIIE will also be the launching platform for the 2011 Roland Creative Awards. After being postponed earlier in the year due to circumstances with the Tsunami in Japan, Roland DG is excited to get the awards program back up & running - "This is an exciting contest to share and reward creativity amongst Roland users and we are looking forward to seeing some amazing creations come in" said John. The Creative Awards starts on 21st September 2011 - visit www.rolandcreativeawards.com for more information.
Be sure to visit the Roland DG stand at VIIE for all the latest Roland products, to get free advice at RolandClinic and for your chance to win a $500 Roland voucher.
10-Aug-2011 New Version of Flexi and PhotoPRINT
SA International Announces the Release of Flexi and PhotoPRINT version 10.0.3
Sydney, Australia, August 10, 2011 – Roland DG Australia, an official reseller for SA International (SAi), the leading provider of Solutions for the Professional Sign Making, Large Format Digital Printing and CAD/CAM for CNC Machining Industries, recently announced the latest release for Flexi and PhotoPRINT – version 10.0.3.
Thanks to the important feedback from Flexi and PhotoPRINT users and partners, SAi has released its latest update to Flexi and PhotoPRINT 10, version 10.0.3. SAi is offering this update free to anyone who owns Flexi or PhotoPRINT 10.
Some highlights of the update include features like enhanced Fotoba support, certified drivers and profiles for various printers, support for Roland VS, LEC, and LEJ, RGB 8bit profiling, easy weeding around groups, cut overlapping lines once, and many new printer and cutter drivers. For a full list of updates, click here to view the PDF.
The new release is available for instant download from www.FlexiSIGN10.com or www.PhotoPRINT10.com. An installation disk containing the updates will begin shipping with all Flexi and PhotoPRINT packages for Microsoft Windows within the next two weeks.
“SAi is pleased to offer this update to our customers and resellers as a free service,” says Don Feagan, President and COO. “After months of compiling a list of requests and reported issues, our team’s efforts have culminated in this robust free update.”
About SA International
SAi is recognized as a global leader in providing complete, professional solutions for the sign making, digital printing and CNC machining industries. The Company’s solutions help turn creative ideas into reality by providing world-class design and editing tools geared for production. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, SAi has additional offices in Belgium, Brazil, and China.