Screen UK hopes the agreement will result in greater penetration into the display and flexible packaging prototyping market segments which complements its existing systems for the inkjet, offset and flexo markets.
The Roland VersaUV LEJ-640 is a combination flat-bed and roll-fed wide-format printer designed and manufactured for high standards of finish on a variety of applications where durability and excellent ink adhesion are required. It incorporates CMYK, white and clear making it ideal for customised graphics and displays as well as packaging prototypes.
The addition of the system to Screen’s portfolio of inkjet products brings a high quality but low investment point to users who either want an auxiliary machine or who are entering the digital wide-format market for the first time. The inclusion of white ink makes it ideal for working with non-white and transparent materials, such as window films, whilst the clear varnish can be used to generate special finishes and textures.
“We have been increasing our presence significantly in the wide-format arena and needed a solution with a lower price point but which didn’t compromise on production standards,” says Bui Burke, Screen’s sales vp (pictured, right)
. “Logically it made perfect sense to form a partnership with Roland DG at the quality end of inkjet printers. As we both have head offices and manufacturing in Japan, this gives us a natural synergy.”
Screen UK introduced the Roland printer to end-users at the company’s recent Widescreen 2011 event at its UK headquarters in Milton Keynes. Supported by material and finishing specialists, the open house was attended by customers interested in investing in specialist inkjet solutions.
The addition of the 1.62m Roland VersaUV LEJ-640 augments Screen’s existing wide-format UV-curable platforms, and the company sees the machine complementing the capabilities of its own Truepress Jet2500 2.5m system. It will appeal to commercial printers wanting to extend into inkjet, as well as to existing customers who need to add to their digital capabilities with a versatile solution which can be used to output on to rigid and flexible materials.
The Roland machine features rear and front folding tables to support rigid substrates up to 13mm thick and 250 x 1625mm in size, with fast change-over to roll-fed mode. And with its low cost, long life LED curing, the VersaUV LEJ-640 is claimed to have the lowest power consumption in its class, and utilises Eco-UV inks and a maximum output resolution of 1440 x 1440dpi.
Mat Drake, Business Manager – Commercial Print, at Roland DG (pictured, left)
says: “We’re seeing increasing opportunities within the offset litho and flexo sectors for users wanting to reap the benefits of a quality wide-format device. Our partnership with Screen UK enables us to combine experience and resources for print companies looking to bring proofing, prototyping and a wide range of print options in-house.”www.screeneurope.com www.rolanddg.co.uk