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January '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2019 • 35 Seamless Workflow Daniel Valade, product manager of Color Products and Cutters at Roland DGA, reports he is seeing more print shops are either adding or switching to integrated print/cut devices. "Having the ability to complete jobs that require both printing and cutting, without having to transfer the job from the printer to a separate cutting device, frees up time and helps maximize productivity. Operators can design, prep and print other jobs while the integrated printer runs unattended. Jobs can be sent at night, when the shop is closed, and when the shop opens in the morning, an entire roll of print and cut decals (or other applications) can be ready to go." UV Options Jay Roberts, product manager, UV printers also at Roland DGA adds, "We are seeing UV print and cut being used more frequently. As most UV print- ers have gloss and white spe- cialty ink sets, UV is being used to create special effects on print and cut jobs such as raised letters or gloss enhancements." R o b e r t s n o t e s t h a t Roland's Versa UV printer/cutters are extremely popular for pack- aging prototyping applications. "Our LEC series printer/cutters can print directly onto thinner board stock, including metallic and colored media. Their ability to print metallic is unique, and allows customers to not only test prototype, but also to simulate the look of spot metallic colors. This platform is the creative professional's secret weapon for jobs that require superior image quality and precision contour cutting, even perforated cuts to the most "The performance ver- sus cost ratio on the TrueVIS VG is unparal- leled in the industry," says Valade. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA Corp.) intricate shapes. Our VersaUV LEC series printer/cutters also allow users to create premium textured accents with gloss and white inks for finishes that truly bring designs to life," he con- cludes. Perforated Cutting Feature Valade points out that advancements in software and hard- ware, integrated printer/cutters, like those offered in its TrueVIS series, can perform not only print and contour (kiss) cutting, but also perforated cutting too. "This is a big advantage when it comes to the finishing process. With this perforated cutting functionality, trimming up jobs that are meant to be individually sold, like decals or heat transfers, is not required. Simply 'pop' out the perforated decal and it's ready for resale." Valade says that shops need to do their homework when in the market for a system because every shop is different when it comes to product offerings. "For print service providers ( PSPs) where most of the products sold are print-only applications, Heat transfer for apparel. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA Corp.)

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