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47 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 for applications. If you can define what applications you will be producing and what you are charging for them, you will probably find that an average shop will pay for a $25,000 printer in less than 3 years," says Rugen. From your line-up of models what is the best value-for the money for first printer options for wide-format printing and why? "From the Epson signage printing offerings, I would recommend the 64-inch SureColor S 40600 and the SureColor S40600 Print Cut Edition. Both printers offer great value-for the money and offer consist, repeatable color and performance with Epson UltraChrome G S 3 4-color solvent ink and the previously mentioned PrecisionCore T F P print head and produce output at up to 170 ft. per hour," McCausland says. "The SureColor S40600 Print Cut Edition gets a new sign shop up and running with the roll-to-roll printer, Graphtec cutter and ONYX software to provide maximum productivity at a cost- saving price. From stickers and labels to decals and car wraps, the SureColor S40600 quickly and reliably tacks the full section of printing," he adds. "Here at Mutoh, our most popular printer is our V J -1624x, eco-solvent printer. It is 64-inches wide and prints at a 600 sf./hr. speed. The printer includes Smart Printing Technology like DropMaster ink technology that assures the highest dot placement accuracy and eliminates the need for individual head adjustments per individual type". The V J -1624x features precision craftsmanship and is built to highly rigorous standards based on our iron- clad commitment to quality, so you can expect years of use," Rugen suggests. "The printer also has FlexiSIGN & Print included, so that is the software for designing and controlling the printer chosen by thousands of shops in all markets. At a MSRP of $17,995, your return on this investment will happen quickly," he notes. "If you're just getting started and don't need to meet the highest production demands, Roland's 64-inch Versa E X P R E S S R F -640 (for a print- only device) or TrueV I S S G series (for integrated printing and contour- cutting capabilities), offer exceptional performance at an affordable price. In addition to imaging beautifully, they are incredibly easy to use, keeping the learning curve short for first-time printer owners/users," says Valade. H e a d d s t h a t M S R P s f o r t h e VersaEXPRESS RF-640 and TrueVIS SG series inkjets are Roland VersaEXPRESS wide-format RF-640 printer: $14,995, Roland TrueVIS SG-540 wide-format printer/cutter: $12,995 and Roland TrueVIS SG-300) wide-format printer/ cutter: $9,995. He says both models come with Roland's service and support and are backed up by the company's two- year trouble-free warranty. (Image courtesy of Mutoh)

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