Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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1 0 • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Wider Color Gamut "We are seeing a shift toward advanced eco-solvent inkjets, such as our new VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8-Color printer and TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutters, that offer wider color gamut solutions for professionals in industries where color reproduction and accuracy across a variety of media is crucial," reports Daniel Valade, product man- ager of Digital Print, Roland DGA in Irvine, California. He says the addition of spot colors like red, orange and green to standard CMYK ink sets is opening up new opportunities. "Being able to print, make adjustments and dial in color on a 54" or 64" device allows the user to keep the work- flow in house, which is a major advantage over having to outsource and wait for proofs to be adjusted and sent back out. The job can be completed in hours instead of days." Valade explains that today's eco-solvent printers, like those offered in Roland's award-winning True VIS series, use inks that offer not only greater versatility, faster dry- ing and outgassing times, and a wider color gamut than previous generations, but also image quality that's richer and more vivid. "Plus, specially formulated inks devel- oped for these machines, such as the new TR2 inks our TrueVIS printer/cutters use, require far fewer cleaning cycles to keep the printer in optimal performing condi- tion." Most Versatile Format for Outdoor Signs Valade points out that eco-solvent is still the most versatile format available in the wide-format outdoor durable graphics market. "Compared to other technolo- Epson's David Lopez says the company's SureColor S80600 ink set with spot Orange and Red inks have given eco-sol - vent ink the ability to achieve 98.2% of the Pantone color library." Image courtesy of Epson America. "The tradi- tional banners, signage, labels/decals and vehicle wraps are a staple of this technology. The addition of expanded color in eco-solvent ink sets has opened up opportunities that were previously the domain of aqueous ink sets, such as interior prints," says Mimaki's Michael Maxwell. Images courtesy of Mimaki USA. Image courtesy of Roland DGA.

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