Roland introduces its fastest large-format printer
FabricGraphics.com | June 19, 2013
Roland’s new SOLJET® XF-640 64-inch printer incorporates two mirrored print heads, newly designed take-up and pinch roller systems, and other advanced features that enable it to deliver vibrant, detailed prints at speeds up to 1,098 square feet per hour. Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., unveiled the XF-640 in April at the ISA International Sign Expo in Las Vegas.
The XF-640 is engineered and constructed to maximize print speed and output without sacrificing image quality, making it well suited for high-volume shops. It’s capable of handling a wide range of applications, including indoor and outdoor banners, vehicle and fleet wraps, window graphics, posters, POP, trade show graphics, backlit displays and more. Roland intelligent pass control precisely controls dot placement during passes for exceptional images with virtually no banding. Printing performance is further enhanced by Roland’s wide-gamut Eco-Sol MAX 2 eco-solvent inks, specially formulated to produce dense, rich color and stunning images on a wide variety of substrates.
The strength and rigidity of the printer’s rail and frame ensure smooth, precise print head movement and maximum ink droplet accuracy, while sixteen pinch rollers and a new grit roller architecture provide secure, trouble-free media feeding during long, unattended production runs. New take-up system is built to expedite production and increase stability. Two end cups, firmly fixed on the take-up’s two main support bars, prevent distortion during printing by keeping the media holder in the correct position at all times. The XF-640 boasts a new heating system as well, specially designed to dry prints quickly and evenly across the entire media width.
The XF-640 comes complete with Version 4.9 of Roland’s VersaWorks advanced RIP software, which includes advanced productivity tools for optimizing image quality and workflow, including built-in Pantone® spot color libraries. This feature allows the user to automatically convert a Pantone spot color in the design file to a CMYK value for accurate reproduction on the XF-640 without reopening the source file. VersaWorks can operate up to four Roland devices and also includes a predictive ink calculator that estimates the amount of ink needed for each job so users can plan accordingly.